‘Baroque, Bluegrass and Blue Jeans’ concert is Sept. 7
On Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m., Maestro David Stewart Wiley will once again bring his unique musical approach to The Jacksonville Center with an evening titled “Baroque, Bluegrass and Blue Jeans.”
Wiley’s reputation precedes him from his years spent performing globally and locally.
“David makes music not only inspiring for the senses, but also invigorating for the heart. In the intimate setting of the Jax, a night with Wiley is like a drive down the parkway with your best friend or the love of your life — your senses are filled with wonder and gratitude,” said Amy Avery, former educational director at the center, who attended Wiley’s concert last fall.
“He has a great way of making music accessible to many, many people. Plus, he has lots of fun! One of David’s gifts is sharing the story behind the music. When he conducts, he brings his whole body (mind, heart, soul) into the musical experience. He embodies the story of the work, while working the beauty of the music,” said Roanoke minister Joe Cobb.
Soon, folks will have the opportunity to experience — or re-experience — Wiley and his music for themselves. As the name suggests, this event takes an easy, nonpretentious approach to classical music and emphasizes a low-pressure atmosphere.
“It is a lovely, intimate way to enjoy very professional music,” said Gerri Young, an active member of the Jax artistic community.
“This crossover musical event is the perfect combination for Floyd, as we celebrate the music of Virginia’s Blue Ridge,” said Wiley. “There is also a contest for the coolest jeans, so get creative and join us for an inspiring evening of great music.”
The Jax is also hosting the Kandinsky Trio in concert on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m. A Meet the Artist Champagne Reception will follow each event.
This venue has limited seating. Tickets are $45 per person for the series, $25 in advance or $30 at the door for each concert and can be purchased by calling 745-2784, stopping by the center at 220 Parkway Lane South or visiting the website at jacksonvillecenter.org.
– Submitted by Brandi Gray, The Jacksonville Center for the Arts
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