Live  Music at RVCC

2016 Performances


Coffee House Music Series


Friday, February 19:  Tara Mills and Jimmy Stelling

Inspired by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the rich musical traditions tied to them, Tara Mills describes her music as "original mountain americana;” an original blend of folk, bluegrass, and americana.

Writing and singing most of her life, it wasn’t long before Tara picked up a guitar and taught herself how to express the melodies in her head through her songs and hauntingly beautiful lyrics. Influenced by bluegrass, old country, and traditional mountain folk, she creates an original sound that captures true human feeling and emotion.

Based out of Charlottesville, VA, Tara plays and writes in a couple of different musical projects. In Tara’s current project, Tara Mills and Jimmy Stelling, she combines her lyrics and voice with Tennessee native Jimmy Stelling to create a very powerful yet driving original sound described as a mix of modern day folk, bluegrass, and americana.

Jimmy Stelling is the son of Geoff Stelling, founder of Stelling banjos, and plays in the successfully touring band, The Hackensaw Boys, out of Charlottesville, Virginia. Jimmy’s unique drive and tasteful melodies on the banjo compliment and harmonize to the sweet songs and emotion the two capture while playing.

Tara Mills and Jimmy Stelling have played at many music festivals including DelFest, The Festy Experience, Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, Red Wing Roots Music Festival, Campout East, Camp Barefoot, Misty Mountain Music Festival, The Crozet Music Festival, The Blue Ridge Oyster Festival, Mountain Cove Music Festival, and many other venues, including radio and television broadcasts.

7:30pm/$7 cover, in the Rockfish Lounge. For more info: rockfishcc@gmail.com or 434-361-0100.


Saturday, March 19:  Cellist & Composer Tanya Anisimova in concert

The Washington Post has described cellist Tanya Anisimova as a "highly focused artist" graced with "spiritual authority" and "an easy mastery of her instrument" and her original music as "melodious, mystical, and deeply emotional."

International recognition came to Anisimova upon the CD release of her cello arrangements of J.S. Bachʼs Complete Violin Sonatas and Partitas. Anisimova has since built a successful career in performing, composing and recording. Recent highlights include sold-out recitals at Carnegie Hall in New York, International Port Fairy Festival in Australia, a video performance of Bachʼs Chaconne, as well as performances of Shostakovich Concerto #1 in New Orleans and Tchaikovskyʼs Rococo Variations in Virginia Beach, Stage8 TV and "The Red Door Series" in Connecticut.

In 2007, Anisimovaʼs Caravan For Two Cellos was premiered by Paul Katz and the composer. The saxophone arrangement of the piece was selected as the favorite work at the 2012 World Saxophone Congress in UK. Currently, Caravan is being performed worldwide in both cello and saxophone versions.

Ms. Anisimova is a graduate of Yale University, Boston University, Moscow Conservatory, and Moscow Central Music School. She won First Prize at Concertino Prague International Competition, All-U.S.S.R. String Quartet Competition, and she is a top prize winner at Min-On International Competition in Tokyo and First Shostakovich International Competition in St.Petersburg.

“Tanya Anisimova spent most of the program alone onstage ... alone with her cello ... But that was all the company she needed.” - Joseph McLellan, The Washington Post April 21, 2003

“What she [Anisimova] does is on the verge of the impossible. Such a harmonious, an effortless synthesis of the past (the inner, the eternal) with the future (yet undiscovered cosmos), while bypassing the present. Such a masterful combination of instinct, uncompromising spirit, and intellect. Only a handful of artists are able to accomplish this.” - Port Fairy Music Festival, 2011.

The show starts at 7pm, and will be either in the Auditorium or the Rockfish Lounge, depending on ticket sales.  Advance tickets are $20, $25 at the door.

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Ongoing:  Nelson County Community Orchestra

The Rockfish Valley Community Orchestra meets every Monday at 7pm in the Rockfish Lounge.  Orchestra meetings are open to anyone who would like to join.  If you play--or used to play--an orchestra instrument and would like to get back to learning and performing music in a welcoming and engaging environment, come and join us and our conductor, Philip Clark. 

More information at www.nelsoncco.org.  Contact: Ellen Neal: 434-263-4745 or info@nelsoncco.org.

 

 

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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.

www.thesunnysideband.com

 

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