Steve Brown - Host

As music director Steve Brown curates and selects the classics you hear during our daytime music programing. 

As a musician, Steve serves as a conductor of the Blacksburg Community Band and is Choir Director for his church. He has also written the book, music, lyrics and orchestrations for musicals ("The Prisoner Of Zenda" and "Road To Paradise"). The Roanoke Symphony will premiere his “Blue Ridge Rhapsody” in their 60th anniversary season.

Theater goers in the New River and Roanoke Valleys may have seen Steve in many roles, including Tevye in "Fiddler On The Roof”, Buffalo Bill in "Annie Get Your Gun”, and Captain Hook in “Peter Pan”.  As an actor he has appeared at Mill Mountain Theater and with the Roanoke Children’s Theatre.  

Steve is also a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer with 21 years of service and has been on Jeopardy! three different times.

Aaron Copland's beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning work "Appalachian spring" suite will be heard in its original instrumentation, featuring the Shaker Tune "Simple Gifts" and a sparking mountain hoe-down. Its simple power, beauty, and heartfelt melodies are a perfect pairing for the intimate acoustics of Shaftman Hall, right here in Virginia's Blue Ridge. Also performed will be works by Copland, Joplin, and other American masters.

Featured in the movie "The King's Speech," Beethoven's fiery, dance-inspired seventh symphony opens this all Beethoven program. Maestro Wiley is in the spotlight and at the piano performing the Choral Fantasy, the precursor to Beethoven's great Ode to Joy. The full chorus also joins us for the "Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage." A fantastic all-Beethoven celebration!