The Jacksonville Center for the Arts and WDBJ7 will hold their fourth annual concert series in 2016, beginning Sunday, March 6, as a collaboration between the arts center and the local news station.
Each year, the concert series features performances of fine music in the concert hall of the center. Past performances have included string quartets, soul music, baroque classical music, jazz and blues, and Baroque classical music played on period instruments.
“Without the support and partnership of WDBJ7, we would not be able to attract regional, national and international talent,” said Linda Fallon, president of the board of The Jacksonville Center for the Arts. “Having stellar musicians offer their artistry to the Floyd and New River Valley regional audience is a hallmark of this effort. We are extremely grateful for their support.”
This year’s series kicks off with the Cardinal Ensemble on Sunday, March 6, at 3 p.m. The Cardinal Ensemble is composed of principal artists from the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra.
A second concert features the Aeolus String Quartet on Saturday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. The Aeolus is the resident string quartet at the Juilliard School in New York City. A “meet the artists” reception will follow each concert.
Jazz and Blues at the Jax continues its summertime tradition with a performance on Friday, August 26, at 7:30 p.m. This concert will feature the return of the popular Shawn Spencer and the Jacksonville Five. Heading into fall, the center will host the Rainier Trio on Sunday, September 25, at 3 p.m., followed in November by the return of Hoppie Vaughan and the Ministers of Soul.
“Mark your calendars so you don’t miss a single note,” said Fallon.
Tickets for the Cardinal Ensemble on March 6 are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, with student tickets at $15. Attendees may purchase tickets at the door, or online at www.jacksonvillecenter.org, or by visiting or calling the Jacksonville Center for the Arts, 220 Parkway Lane South, Floyd, Virginia, (540) 745-2784.