Live  Music at RVCC

2016 Performances

Coffee House Music Series

 Friday, October 21:  Robert Jospe's World Beat Workshop

7:30—8:30pm, in the RVCC Auditorium.  $10 admission, no charge for kids 12 and under.

The World Beat Workshop with drummer Robert Jospé and percussionist Kevin Davis engages audiences of all ages in exploring the diaspora of West African rhythms in the Americas and their influence in current music styles. Using a map, percussion instruments and music charts, this interactive program includes clapping, dancing and singing to salsa, calypso, merengue, samba and hip-hop. Musical, historical, cultural and geographical information is brought to life with the journey of clave.

Born in Manhattan, Robert Jospé was inspired by his Belgian parents love of music and began playing the drums at fourteen. While attending the Cambridge School of Weston in Weston, Massachusetts, Jospé enrolled in the Berklee College of Music summer session and began formal training on drums. Upon graduating from the Cambridge School, Jospé moved to New York City to attend New York University. Over the next twelve years he became an active player in the New York jazz and rock scene as well as co-leader of the fusion band Cosmology. He studied with Tony Williams and Bob Moses and performed with Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, John Schofield and John Abercrombie. Since 1992 he has received an annual touring grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts for the educational, interactive, lecture/demonstration The World Beat Workshop. The program, which is presented to thousands of students every year, highlights the history and varied styles of African influenced dance music throughout the Americas.

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This event is partially sponsored by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Ongoing:  Nelson County Community Orchestra

The Rockfish Valley Community Orchestra now meets at the Tuckahoe School.

More information at  Contact: Ellen Neal: 434-263-4745 or




The Wild Geese have all performed together for many years in the Charlottesville Symphony and/or taught at  the University of Virginia. They have all been active musicians in orchestras and chamber music groups in central Virginia, and throughout the US  and in Europe.

Each of The Wild Geese programs offers music from a specific time and place within the European Baroque tradition of the trio sonata repertoire. The current program, titled “Purcell’s London,” explores the soundscape of London during late 17th and early 18th centuries, and examines how its composers came to be so cosmopolitan in their approach to musical composition.  

Members include Susan Black, formerly concertmaster of the Waynesboro Symphony and currently concertmaster of the Virginia Consort Orchestra. Nancy Garlick taught and performed clarinet with the University of Virginia for many years.  Prior to that she played with the New Haven Symphony and taught at The College of Wooster.  Content Sablinsky, keyboardist, also taught at UVA for many years, and was pianist with the New Orleans Symphony. A highly sought-after accompanist, she has appeared in many recitals and was recently invited to adjudicate in China.  Lynanne Wilson, cellist, currently performs with the orchestras of Lynchburg, Shenandoah, the Oratorio Society and Virginia Consort, as well as many chamber music groups. 

Coming March 20: Jim Lilly & SunnySide

Bringing you Pre-Bluegrass, Classic Country and Gospel Music with a generous portion of enthusiasm!

Jim Lilly & SunnySide perform old-time/traditional roots music that spans the years from the 1840s to the 1950s, classic country tunes of the 50s and 60s, and a variety of Gospel tunes. Carol Phillips (autoharp) contributes her love of the Original Carter Family; Jim Lilly (acoustic guitar) adds the flare of his early love for old-time mountain music; and Betty Calvert (bass) brings forth her love of the classic country tunes.  Together this group gives the beauty of old-time music a fresh new twist.

7:30pm, $7 cover, in the Rockfish Lounge.


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