It’s no secret that opera in America is struggling. In 2008, only eight percent of adults said they liked opera, and only two percent had been to one in the past year, but here in Virginia that could be changing thanks to summer programs designed to build the base for opera.
It’s not unusual for opera goers to give long and enthusiastic ovations – for cast members to take bow after bow, but people who love this complex art form fear their audience may not always be there.
If you’re a foodie, chances are you’ve heard about Feast – a small, Central Virginia shop with a big reputation and a new reason to brag. It was named Outstanding Retailer of the Year by the Specialty Food Association.
Feast was actually one of five stores in the nation to be honored, but it’s on the cover of the Specialty Food Association’s magazine. Founded by Kate Collier and Eric Gertner, the store offers lots of local produce.
After a ten-year effort, Hollins University now joins George Mason, James Madison, and Radford Universities to share in the distinction of being an “All-Steinway School.” Hollins now has 25 of the coveted Steinway pianos, after today’s delivery of five grand and two upright pianos.
For most people, art is something you hang on the wall - but for the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts it’s much, much more. The Center recently staged a happening at Morven Farm in Charlottesville.
While many of their peers are swimming, biking, hiking or just goofing around this summer, more than three dozen high school students from around the state have gathered in Charlottesville this week for a vocal labor of love - rehearsing and performing one of the most complex works of choral art ever. A Mozart marathon now underway.
Judith Gary is music director for the Virginia Consort, a singing ensemble in Charlottesville and one of five music professionals behind a remarkable summer experiment.