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.
Susannah is a role prized by sopranos like Renee Flemming, who performed it at the Met. Critics described composer Carlisle Floyd as the American Pucini for the passionate lyrics and music he wrote. He tells the story of a beautiful woman who lives in a small town – New Hope Valley, Tennessee. She sings of her longing to leave and make something of her life.
Artist Bill Rutherfoord has long been one of the region’s most respected artists. This week, he showcases eight years of work with a massive painting and sculpture exhibit titled "Allegory of No Region" at Roanoke’s Taubman Museum.
"Allegory of No Region" by artist Bill Rutherfoord will be featured at Roanoke's Taubman Museum Saturday, June 14, 2014 - Saturday, September 13, 2014
Thomas Jefferson is well known as the author of the Declaration of Independence and as this country’s third president, but a new book shows him in another important role, as a geographer.
In the age of GPS, few of us give much thought to maps, but in Thomas Jefferson’s time, they were rarely used to find your way. More likely, you’d have a series of written directions describing landmarks where you should turn or go straight. But Thomas Jefferson knew that nations vying to control North America needed accurate, way-finding maps.