Sleigh Rides, Jingle Bells & Silent Nights

Dec 20, 2013

It is that time of year—when you just might have a Holiday Jingle Ear Worm….maybe you picked it up in a department store, or from a humming co-worker.  Maybe even from this radio station.  'Tis the season for Christmas tunes.

A writer from Appomatox is actually an expert on American Christmas music and with his just-released book, Ronald Lankford attempts to reconcile the sacred and the profane.  He studies music ranging from hymns to warbling chipmunks.


Cole Geddy/UVA

In western culture, the afterlife is often depicted as a place where angels rest on clouds and harps play soothing music. 

Here in Virginia, some people hear that music even before death.  A program called Music by the Bedside is making for a peaceful passing.

It’s a sunny afternoon in an old Victorian house near downtown Charlottesville, and Kate Tamarkin, conductor of the Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra – is using her spare time to play the harp at Hospice of the Piedmont. 

Virginia Tech

The curtain rises next month in Blacksburg on a new ‘state of the art,’ Center For the Arts at Virginia Tech.  They’re busy putting on the finishing touches and getting ready for opening night. 

Changes for Interlocken Festival

Aug 20, 2013

The upcoming Interlocken Music Festival now has a new name.... just Lockn’.  Festival co-founder Peter Shapiro says the new logo took on a life of its own, as he says the music and other elements are locked into one another.

The festival takes place September 5-8 at the Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, VA.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse have canceled their Lockn’ appearance, as well as three other North American dates, due to guitarist Poncho Sampredo’s hand injury.

Shape Note Singing

Aug 5, 2013
Shenandoah Harmony

Since the mid 18th century, Americans throughout New England and the South have been gathering for shape note singing, a form of a capella sung mostly from a popular tune book called The Sacred Harp.

Now there's a new tune book that captures some of Virginia's musical past.

Click here for more information about Shenandoah Harmony.