Classical Music for All Ages in the Blue Ridge
Centered in beautiful Floyd County, Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival (VBRMF) is all about bringing classical music to the Blue Ridge through concerts, events, and special programming. Our focus is on music education, especially the support of local young people, and on broadening our region’s rich musical experience by supporting a range of classical and Appalachian heritage music that is affordable and accessible for young and old alike. Every year, hundreds of residents of the Blue Ridge experience and enjoy our concerts. VBRMF, an affiliate of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization.
Highlights of our 2017 Season, made possible by your support, include:
• The new Blue Ridge Strings Program, a collaborative effort between VBRMF and the June Bug Center, provides afternoon classical violin lessons (Suzuki method) for beginning 4th and 5th grade students, as well as an hour of exciting enrichment activities for the children.
• The highly acclaimed Classical Music of Japan was performed in October three times for 1,400 Floyd County students plus a concert for the public at Floyd EcoVillage.
• The Julius Quartet concert in April, co-sponsored with the Floyd Center for the Arts, also included a master class for young musicians.
• Scholarships were awarded to three aspiring young musicians for summer music programs.
• Our annual Youth Recital provided performance opportunities for talented young musicians.
• The May 19-21 “Weekend of Classical Music” included an Improvisation workshop with Jeff Midkiff, and culminated with the “Bach to Bluegrass” Concert at Celebration Hall, directed by Maestro David Stewart Wiley.
Our plans for 2018 are well underway, anchored by our exciting June 10 Chamber Orchestra Concert, “Classics in the Mountains”, led by Maestro Wiley, and featuring guest soloists Akemi Takayama, RSO Concertmaster, and Julee Hickcox, RSO piccolo. Also:
• The Madison String Quartet performed on March 17 at the Floyd Center for the Arts. That collaboration with VBRMF included a Master Class for young string players from the area.
• We will continue to prioritize scholarship support for young musicians, to provide support for youth in performance, and to expand community outreach and collaborative efforts.
• With its initial success, the Blue Ridge Strings Program will be expanded significantly in January, in collaboration with the June Bug Center and Floyd County Schools.
As you know, ticket prices cover only a fraction of the cost to provide exceptional classical music. Your donations and advertising contributions make it possible for us to provide scholarship support for our young musicians, to support the expanding classical strings program in Floyd for our children, to support our youth in performances, and, as always, to support high quality, accessible classical concerts at affordable prices in Floyd and our region.