Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival

VBRMF-Photo2Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival announces 2014 Classical Music Weekend, newExecutive Director, and RSO Af?liation.

Mark your calendars now for an exciting weekend of classical music, as Virginia’s BlueRidge Music Festival returns to Floyd after a successful 11 day inaugural season last summer. Artistic director, David Stewart Wiley, has planned a varied and excitingweekend, June 6-8, which includes something for every music lover.

The fun and music will begin Friday night, June 6 at 6:30 pm at the Artisan Market inFloyd. This night of informal ensemble music will feature several 2013 fellows, and is free and open to all.

Saturday, June 7 begins with a family affair. The Family Concert: “Baroque to Billy Joel” will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Floyd EcoVillage. David Stewart Wiley, along with threeother musicians, will trace the roots of recent popular music back to Bach, Classical,and Ragtime. This concert is appropriate for all ages.

Saturday evening, June 7, is the Gala Concert and Reception. Also at the FloydEcoVillage, this concert begins at 6:30 p.m. An indoor concert will featureConcertmaster Akemi Takayama and composer & mandolin virtuoso, Jeff Midkiff playingselections from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Piazzolla’s ?ery Four Seasons of Buenos Aires,a sneak preview of Midkiff’s new Double Concerto for Mandolin and Violin, and much more. The music will continue outdoors with a “Sunset Serenade” featuring theBlacksburg Community Band, under the direction of VBRMF Board President, Jay Durner.

Sunday, June 8 features an afternoon concert entitled “Art & Music in the Mountains” at 3:00 p.m. A chamber orchestra under the direction of Maestro Wiley will presentDvorak’s beloved Serenade for Winds and Strings, Mozart’s Marriage of FigaroOverture, and Beethoven’s Octet Finale.

Weekend passes are available. Adult passes are $40 and student passes are $15. The Festival will return to an 12 day format in June 2015 and will include an Academy,pairing pre-professional Fellows with professional musicians from around the country.

The Festival Board has hired Meg Carter as Executive Director. As a professional in a varied field of industries and a community development volunteer with deep and diverse experience, Carter is delighted to bring her skills and energy to Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival.

Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival is also pleased to announce an affiliation with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. In keeping with the long and successful tradition linking symphonies with summer festivals, the Festival is proud to become an RSO affiliate and is eager to be the summer source of great classical music in the region. As RSO Conductor and Music Director, David Stewart Wiley also serves as Artistic Director for the Festival, the relationship makes sense and will benefit both entities and patrons alike.

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Virginias Blue Ridge Music Festival

virginiablueridgemusicfestivalMark your calendars now, for an exciting weekend of classical music, as Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival returns to Floyd after a successful 11 day inaugural season last summer. Artistic director, David Stuart Wiley, has planned a varied and exciting three day weekend, June 6-8, which includes something for eventhe youngest music lovers. Organizers, participants, and patrons alike were delighted with the sounds and success of the 2013 Music Festival. VBRMF Board Vice President, Barbara von Claparede, recalls with delight the feast for the senses that the festival presented everyone involved, from the outdoor performance of Handel’s Water Music timed perfectly with the sunset, to the final performance, Elgar’s “Enigma” Variations, which brought almost everyone to tears in the huge gym of Floyd High School, including the musicians. Festival organizers hope to create many new special memories with the upcoming programs. The fun will begin Friday night, June 6 at 6:30 pm at the Artisan Market in Floyd. This night of informal ensemble music will feature several 2013 fellows, and is free and open to all. Saturday, June 7 begins with a family affair. The Family Concert: “Baroque to Billy Joel” will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Floyd EcoVillage. David Stuart Wiley, along with three other musicians, will trace the roots of recent popular music back to Bach, Classical, and Ragtime.

Concert at The Jacksonville Center for the Arts

Featuring Judy Bevans and Lynne Mackey –  Saturday, May 11 at 7:30pm

The Jacksonville Center for the Arts presents “An Evening of Music for Two Harpsichords”, on Saturday, May 11 at 7:30pm. The concert, featuring Judy Bevans and Lynne Mackey, will be held in The Jacksonville Center Community Room. Tickets are $25 in advance and can be purchased online, by phone, or in person at The Jax. Tickets purchased at the door are $30.

The 2013 Jax Concert Series is sponsored by WDBJ7.

JUDY BEVANSJudy Bevans studied Piano at the Eastman School of Music. She holds a Master of Education degree in Music from Harvard University, and a Master of Music degree in the Performance of Early Music from the New England Conservatory. After completing Early Music studies, she served as harpsichordist with the Cantabrigia Trio, performing music for flute, bassoon and harpsichord in New England.

Preferring music of the Baroque and Pre-Classical Periods, her harpsichord activities center on chamber music and the repertoire for two harpsichords. She has performed with numerous musicians in the New River Valley, including concerts at The Jacksonville Center, Hollins Univerisity, Radford University, Virginia Tech and Shenandoah University, as well as several concerts for two keyboard instruments sponsored by the Roanoke Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Her most recent solo harpsichord concerts featured Bach’s “Goldberg Variations.”

Judy Bevans lives in Blacksburg with her husband, Patrick, with whom she travels, bikes, hikes, gardens and listens to Bach.

Pianist and harpsichordist Lynne Mackey has performed in solo and chamber music settings in the United States and overseas, and also currently tours as an artist with the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Ms. Mackey received graduate degrees from The Juilliard School, and the Eastman School of Music where she studied harpsichord with Arthur Haas. She holds her Bachelor’s degree from The University of Michigan School of Music.

LYNNE MACKEY1Ms. Mackey is director of the Virginia Baroque Performance Academy, celebrating its fifth year as part of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Most recent Baroque performance highlights include Bach Concerto for 4 harpsichords with the Staunton Music Festival, and Bach Concerto for 2 harpsichords with the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Chamber concerts, as well as various recitals with violin, and baritone. She is currently associate professor of music at Eastern Mennonite University.

A reception in the Hayloft Gallery with a cash bar will follow the concert.

For more information about The Jax visit or call 540-745-2784. The Jax is located at 220 Parkway Lane South in Floyd, ½ mile south of the stoplight on Route 8. “Winter” hours are Monday to Friday, 10-3; Saturdays, 11-4; Closed on Sunday. The Jax will resume regular business hours on Sunday, May 5th. Regular hours are Monday to Saturday, 10-5pm and Sunday, 12-5.

About The Jacksonville Center

The Jacksonville Center for the Arts seeks to showcase, support, and facilitate artistic endeavors and rural creativity throughout Southwest Virginia. Located in a historic dairy barn in Floyd, Virginia, the center pursues its mission through year-round educational opportunities, housing resident studio artists, mounting rotating exhibits that feature local and regional artists and artisans and more.

The National Music Festival Inaugural Season

From May 29 to June 11, 2011, Floyd, Virginia, will be filled with classical music as the National Music Festival presents

its inaugural season.  The Festival is an annual orchestral training workshop for college and graduate level musicians, who are known as apprentices.  In addition to its apprentices, the Festival serves the local community and audiences from all over the world.

The apprentices, whose average age is 22, are highly trained in their respective instruments and are on the cusp of beginning their professional careers.  They will come to Floyd for the two-week Festival on full scholarships to study with a corps of 22 mentors.  The Festival’s co-founders, Artistic Director Richard Rosenberg and Executive Director Caitlin Patton will serve as the conducting mentor and arts administration mentor, respectively.  Other mentors have been hand-picked from major orchestras, universities and conservatories.

The Festival exists to help its apprentices make the transition from being a student to being a professional.  As students, they have the luxury of many rehearsals for one performance.  As young professionals, they have to learn to function in an environment where they have few rehearsals, and often, many performances.  To make this transition even more difficult, players are generally on probation for the first year of their orchestral jobs.  The intense schedule of the National Music Festival – 24 performances in 14 days – mimics that of professional ensembles and gives apprentices the chance to learn from their mentors what the shortcuts are and how to survive in a professional atmosphere.  Additionally, seminars will be offered dealing with the music business, stress injury prevention, being entrepreneurial in an increasingly competitive field and making career and life choices.

They can also support the Festival with in-kind and monetary gifts.  All donations of $50 or more ($75 or more for families) will automatically grant the donor a membership in the Friends of the National Music Festival.  Contact the Festival office for information about giving and volunteering, and ways to get involved and support the Festival.

Festival Passes for the 2011 season, which entitle the holder to attend all performances as well as pass-holder-only events, come with a souvenir program book and guarantee admission and preferred seating.  They will be available in March to members of the Friends of the National Music Festival and in April to the general public, for $150 each.  Single tickets to all performances will go on sale in April.  They range from $5 to $15 (suggested donation), depending on the type of performance, with many events free of charge. Prior to the Festival, tickets will be available by mail and phone.  During the Festival, any remaining tickets may also be purchased at the door and at the Festival’s downtown headquarters in the Floyd Professional Center, Suites 8 and 9 of the Village Green, 201 E. Main St. in Floyd.

For more information about the National Music Festival or to view the 2011 season schedule, visit  You can also reach the Festival by email at or by telephone at 540.789.NOTE.

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This story was published in Floyd Magazine Spring/Summer 2011 ~Senior Editor Dee Wallace