Classical music in the mountains

VBRMF’s  focus is on music education, especially the support of local young people, and on broadening the region’s musical richness by making classical music and a blend of classical and Appalachian heritage styles  available and affordable  in the Blue Ridge – in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. VBRMF is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization and an affiliate of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra.

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 (‘Concerts’) or by cash/check at Floyd County Visitor Center, 109 E. Main St., Floyd, VA, (540)745-4407.

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