Watch a Past Performance by the Wren Masters
The Floyd Center for the Arts, partnering with the Virginia Blue Ridge Music Festival, invites all to join us for this concert featuring the Wren Masters. This special evening of Baroque Music played on period instruments (harpsichord, baroque violin, baroque cello & recorder) will begin and end with trio sonatas by Georg Philipp Telemann. Telemann was a contemporary and friend of Bach, and the most prolific major composer in music history (with over 3,000 compositions). He excelled in writing chamber music that sounds like lively conversation among friends.
The program also includes a set of baroque pieces, by various composers, that imitate the sounds of birds and various other animals: roosters and hens, nightingale, cuckoo, frog, quail, and a cat.
Another section of the program presents 18th-century music of Scotland and Ireland, a repertoire that came over with immigrants to America and nestled in the Appalachians where it has been preserved, and flourishes.
About the Wren Masters
The Wren Masters met through their involvement in early music performance at William & Mary. Tom Marshall has taught keyboards there since 1981; Ruth Griffioen joined the faculty in 1994 to teach music history and also founded the W&M Early Music Ensemble. Sarah Glosson first took up the viola gamba and baroque cello as a student in that ensemble, going on to play professionally. Susan Via added baroque violin to her repertoire after joining the W&M performance faculty in 1997. They are named after W&M's 17th-century Wren Chapel, their favorite venue.
The Floyd Center for the Arts is honored to partner with the Virginia Blue Ridge Music Festival and Roanoke Symphony Orchestra to present this classical concert, Serenade to Music. This concert features compositions by Milhaud, Poulenc, Gershwin, and Mozart performed by David Stewart Wiley & members of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra.
Saturday, March 5 at 7 pm
Valentine's Piano Concert
Featuring Pianist Mark Valenti
Sunday, February 13, 2022 - 3 pm
The Floyd Center for the Arts, in partnership with Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival, will present a Valentine’s Piano Concert on Sunday, February 13th, beginning at 3 pm. Share an afternoon of romantic music with your special valentine! This first concert in the 2022 Concert Series will feature Pianist Mark Valenti, as he delivers compositions by Franz Schubert, Darius Milhaud, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Claude Debussy.
A classically trained musician, Mr. Valenti has performed in France, Belgium, Hungary and Luxembourg as well as for former First Lady Barbara Bush in Washington, D.C. His music has aired live on WFMT classical radio.
The afternoon's musical journey is set to begin with Sonata in A Major by Franz Schubert, a work of pure lyricism, with gentle shifts from major to minor, light to shade. The journey will end with a rendition of Claude Debussy’s L'isle Joyeuse, a piece whose musical depiction was inspired by a Jean-Antoine Watteau painting, Voyage to Cythera, which celebrates love.
After the performance, concertgoers are welcomed to stay for the Valentine's themed reception which follows. The afternoon is sure to draw the magnetism of the heart for all who attend.
Concert tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and $15 for students. Ticket sales are final, and non-refundable except in the event of concert cancellation or rescheduling.
To promote Covid safety, masks will be required for both vaccinated and unvaccinated attendees.
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