Theatre and Opera en Opera Set in Appalachia <p>Many operas are set in Europe – sung in Italian or German, but the Ash Lawn Opera in Charlottesville plans to bring the art form closer to home with a performance of Susannah -- a story set in Appalachia.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 15:35:22 +0000 Sandy Hausman 23982 at Opera Set in Appalachia New Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech <p>The curtain rises next month in Blacksburg on a new ‘state of the art,’ Center For the Arts at Virginia Tech.&nbsp; They’re busy putting on the finishing touches and getting ready for opening night.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Robbie Harris 10355 at New Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy <p>When the weather gets warmer, some people start thinking of higher elevations - like the ski resort Wintergreen which is now hosting a festival of music, art, wine and food.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br>Wintergreen Performing Arts will offer 232 events in 28 days, including Saturday and Sunday concerts by the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra, conducted by Mei-Ann Chen and Joseph Caballe-Domenech. &nbsp;<br>There will also be 24 pop-up concerts by 31 young musicians who will play outside Chroma on Charlottesville’s downtown mall -- and in the produce department.<br> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 19:50:17 +0000 Sandy Hausman 7580 at Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy Opera in the Spotlight <p>It’s no secret that opera in America is struggling.&nbsp; 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.</p><p>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.</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 21:06:31 +0000 Sandy Hausman 7222 at Opera in the Spotlight Glenvar High Play Challenges Actors <p>Some Roanoke County high school students are learning first-hand what it means to be disabled, as they portray adults with physical and mental limitations in an upcoming play.&nbsp;</p><p>Glenvar High theater students tackled the sensitive subject of Alzheimer’s several years ago<ins cite="mailto:Connie%20Stevens" datetime="2013-03-11T16:21">, </ins>with a production of “My Father’s War”.&nbsp; Now they’re challenging society’s view of the mentally disabled in “The Boys Next Door”.&nbsp; It chronicles the lives of four men living in a group home.</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 15:59:45 +0000 Beverly Amsler 1216 at Glenvar High Play Challenges Actors