WVTF's Music Blog
YOUR STORIES ON OUR MUSIC BLOG "THEMES & VARIATIONS"
Music speaks to all of us. If you're reading this, then you're most likely one of our WVTF public radio listeners, and we're at least part of the soundtrack for your days - news on your morning or evening drive, classical music to inspire your work, jazz to relax to in the evening, opera to add drama to your Saturday afternoons, bluegrass to take you back to your roots on Sundays.
Maybe more importantly than that, we're part of a community of musicians and music lovers, as are you, and our goal is to connect with that community, create a place where music, the universal language, can thrive and inspire, on the air, in the studio, on stages and on back porches. Radio is a thriving, evolving medium, and music is part of its lifeblood.
We're launching this blog to share that universal conversation with you, our listeners. As we build this blog, think of it as a good mix tape, or a medley, or a series of improvisations - a theme and variations - whatever musical metaphor works for you. We'll be posting reflections on the music we're programming, recommended listenings, personal essays, interviews, links, photos, announcements and station news, book reviews and more.
And we'd like to hear from you! Register to leave comments below - e mail us with what you're interested in reading more about - tell us about exciting musical events coming up in our community - send us photos. We'll also pose some questions to you periodically - we want to hear YOUR stories.
(Raise baton, downbeat.)
WVTF Classical Announcer & Blog Moderator
To join in the discussion please email Cara.
Themes & Variations: WVTF's Music Blog Entries
Friday, August 16 we hosted our latest art and music event at WVTF/RADIO IQ studios in Roanoke (slide show at the top of the page). It was the second art opening at our Roanoke location since we've partnered with the League of Roanoke Artists and this quarter's show is "Nature's Fantasy" featuring the work of three artists: Julie English, Linda Schaar and Jane Russell Haddad.
The music for the evening was a perfect summer concert - all we needed was a bandstand. Around 40 members of the Blacksburg Community Band traveled to Roanoke to give a concert of American music, at the invitation of WVTF's music director Steve Brown, who is also associate conductor of the band.
The concert included selections from Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music" (I had this music in my ears all weekend - Mill Mountain Theatre is staging the musical this winter and I accompanied a few hours of auditions for it...) and "The Stars and Stripes Forever." Mary Walters did a lovely job with the the famous piccolo solo in "Stars and Stripes," and there was also some beautiful oboe solo work from Meredith McCree.
Steve pulled a volunteer percussionist from the audience for one selection - Sherry Kessel, a special education and and instructional assistant for Roanoke City Schools, who (unbeknownst to him) also plays clarinet in the Roanoke Community Band, so she knew what she was doing!
Also on the program was an original piece by Steve, the Tamalpais Overture, a California mountain peak Steve grew up in sight of.
Thanks to Center Stage Catering and Chateau Morrisette for the delicious food and wine.
Our next music and art opening in Roanoke will be the third Friday of November, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Our art open house events at our Charlottesville studios are the first Friday of the month, also from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Here are the directions to our Roanoke and Charlottesville studios.