Archive for the Category ‘Arts & Culture’

Opera Roanoke to Conclude 40th Anniversary Season with La Traviata

Opera Roanoke to Conclude 40th Anniversary Season with La Traviata

Opera Roanoke will present Verdi’s La Traviata on Friday, April 8th at 7:30pm and Sunday, April 10th at 3pm to conclude their 40th anniversary season. The production will take place in Shaftman Performance Hall at The Jefferson Center in Roanoke.  Amy Cofield Williamson (Carmen, ’12; Julius Caesar, ’14), who has covered the lead role for famed […]

RSO Brings Music of Austrian Composers for Valentine Performance

RSO Brings Music of Austrian Composers for Valentine Performance

The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the enchantment of Valentine’s Day with a performance of passionate music from Austrian composers Mozart, Schubert, and Johann Strauss II at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16. Presented by the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech, the performance will be held in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, located […]

Live Music Venue Returns to Downtown Roanoke

Live Music Venue Returns to Downtown Roanoke

More live music is coming to Downtown Roanoke. Opening this Spring, the Spot on Kirk will seek to bring people together, drive tourism in our region and create a more vibrant and livable area. Not-for-profit organization Down by Downtown, which focuses on growing Roanoke’s live-music scene, will take over the lease of the space at […]

Book by Pastor, New School Board Member Says It’s About Being, Not Just Doing

Book by Pastor, New School Board Member Says It’s About Being, Not Just Doing

A military veteran, the pastor at CommUNITY Church in Salem, a new Roanoke County school board member – and now an author: Thomas McCracken has just released Being the Believing: Living out the Beatitudes, which he says is about “everything being done for and through and by our faith. It’s not doing good – on […]

Roanoke Native Returns Home to Host Peace Making Workshop and Concert

Roanoke Native Returns Home to Host Peace Making Workshop and Concert

Musician and Rotary World Peace Fellow David LaMotte will be hosting a special weekend in February centered on a message of peace that will be given through a concert and workshop at Covenant Presbyterian Church. As a singer/songwriter, LaMotte has 11 CDs under his belt and has performed over 2,500 concerts on four continents.  His passion […]

Jefferson Center to Present “From Africa to Appalachia”

Jefferson Center to Present “From Africa to Appalachia”

The Jefferson Center in partnership with the Virginia Folklife Program will present “From Africa to Appalachia” on Thursday, January 14, 2016. The development of the 5-string banjo, among the very first truly American-born instruments, provides a revelatory lens on the development of American popular music and culture, and the immense contributions of African cultural traditions. […]

Taubman to Present A Portrait of George Washington: The Man, The Soldier, and The President

Taubman to Present A Portrait of George Washington: The Man, The Soldier, and The President

February 6, 2016 – July 31, 2016 Bank of America Foundation/Dominion Resources Gallery Considered a revolutionary hero by all, George Washington was also a man of deep personal integrity, honor, and patriotism. This exhibition explores the national significance of his legacy. Culled from a private collection and major loans from other museums, A Portrait of George […]

VA Historical Society Exceeds $38 Million “Story of Virginia” Campaign Goal

VA Historical Society Exceeds $38 Million “Story of Virginia” Campaign Goal

The Virginia Historical Society’s Story of Virginia Capital Campaign has reached and surpassed its goal of $38 million. The campaign provided significant funds to transform the state headquarters building into a vibrant, bustling museum with beautiful new exhibition galleries and to create a multi-purpose learning center with classrooms, a resource room for teachers, display space, […]

Local Author Reexamines Peanuts Gang in New Book, “A Charlie Brown Religion”

Local Author Reexamines Peanuts Gang in New Book, “A Charlie Brown Religion”

With the new The Peanuts Movie in theaters, it is the year of Snoopy, and local author Stephen Lind is sharing new insights with fans. Spending time with the Peanuts artist’s family over the past 5 years, the Washington & Lee University business communication professor has written a provocative new book on the franchise and […]

Sienna Burning Debuts in Roanoke

Sienna Burning Debuts in Roanoke

A ten minute feature short that spotlights addiction and recovery programs that was filmed in Roanoke made its debut at the Taubman Museum of Art last month inside a packed auditorium. Roanoke native Andrea Shreeman, who now works in the movie business in Los Angeles, directed “Sienna Burning” and hopes to go on to direct […]



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