Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival (VBRMF) will present a ‘Weekend of Classical Music in the Mountains’ in Floyd, May 19-21.
The event kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 19, with a free concert by a brass ensemble outside Hotel Floyd. At 10 a.m. Saturday, a string duo at the Floyd Community Market on Locust St. will present another free performance.
Renowned mandolinist, composer and educator Jeff Midkiff will lead an improvisation workshop open to both performers and listeners at 3 p.m. Saturday in the June Bug Center,.
The weekend culminates in a “Bach to Bluegrass” concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 21, in Celebration Hall at Floyd EcoVillage. Maestro David Stewart Wiley at keyboard with Dilshad Posnock, flute, and Jason Posnock, violin will perform Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D.
The program also will feature the Virginia premiere of Jeff Midkiff playing his Mandolin Quintet, “Gypsy” accompanied by a string ensemble. 2017 VBRMF Scholarship awardees, Aila and Eli Wildman, will perform Jeremy Kittel’s The Boxing Reel. The program concludes with Ernst Dohnanyi’s Quinet in C minor, Op. 1. A meet the artists hors d’oeuvres reception will follow.
Tickets for the May 20 Improvisation Workshop are adults $15 and students $5.
Advance tickets for the May 21 Bach to Bluegrass Concert are $25 for adults ($28 at door) and $5 for students.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.VBRMF.org (‘Concerts’) or by cash/check at Floyd County Visitor Center, 109 E. Main St., Floyd, VA, (540)745-4407.
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