|Maestro David Wiley & Friends To Perform At Farm At Glen Haven Oct. 3, 2020|
Clifton Forge, VA (Sept. 24, 2020) - Even as the pandemic continues, the performing arts still have a stage light burning. As COVID 19 shut down performances across the country in March, the effect was felt locally when scheduled and future performances had to be canceled.
Today, the Alleghany Highlands Arts Council and The Historic Masonic Theatre announced that they are joining forces in an effort called â€śStronger Togetherâ€ť. The two entities want to give their audiences a chance to safely attend a live performance of Maestro David Wiley & Friends on Saturday, October 3
The one-hour concert, which is free to the public, will be presented in an open-air setting beginning at 3:00 pm at the Farm at Glen Haven, 4301 Longdale Furnace Road, Clifton Forge. While chairs will be under roof to provide warmth and shelter from weather, seating will be widely spaced for appropriate distance and masks will be required. Outdoor attire is suggested to enjoy the mountainous autumn beauty of the eastern end of Alleghany County.
Maestro David Wiley & Friends is a four-member combo made up of host, David Wiley at the keyboard, Julee Hickcox on woodwinds, John Smith on Bass and Al Wojtera playing drums. From classical to rock-and-roll, the ensemble plans a lively afternoon with wide musical variety to include the popular Claude Bolling jazz suites, some of Wileyâ€™s original film music including â€śConcentric Circlesâ€ť, JS Bach keyboard concerto, Scott Joplin rags, the bluesy Jethro Tullâ€™s â€śBoureeâ€ť, and more. A highlight will be Billy Joelâ€™s â€śInventionâ€ť, a piece given to Wiley by Mr. Joel, himself that will have itâ€™s premier here.
Wiley is a favorite of local audiences for his superior conducting of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and the Long Island Philharmonic. He was a recent guest conductor of the Boston Pops and just celebrated 25 years as Artistic Director of the RSO. The other players have been seen on stage locally in the Arts Councilâ€™s annual presentation of the RSO Holiday Pops.
Both organizations are grateful to an anonymous donor for making this event possible and to the Virginia Commission for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, City of Covington, Town of Clifton Forge, the County of Alleghany and the Alleghany Foundation for other supplemental and sustaining funds.
For more information or to reserve seating, contact the Arts Council at 540-962-2787.