June 6 3:30 PM: Tickets, Directions, More on the Concert
This one hour program at the June Bug’s Black Box Theater is designed to appeal to children of all ages and their families. The price has been set to attract as many families as possible to this very special event!
Thursday, June 6 3:30 – 4:30 pm The June Bug Center
Family Concert — “Classical Meets Jazz in the Mountains”
Julee Hickcox, flute
John Smith, bass
Lynn Bernhardt, percussion
David Stewart Wiley, piano
Other special guests
How is a baroque bass line similar to a “walking bass” line in Ragtime, modern Jazz, or Bluegrass? How do contemporary composers use classical traditions to provide excitement, structure, and innovation? This one hour program for listeners ages two to 102 explores such questions in a fun way. From Joplin to Bolling and Gershwin and more, this is a program designed to delight and inspire. Come meet the performers — See and hear the instruments up close at the June Bug Center.
Program to include:
Scott Joplin The Entertainer & other Rags
Claude Bolling Suite No.1 for Flute & Jazz Piano Trio
1. Baroque and Blue
David Stewart Wiley Leaping the Blue Ridge & Concentric Circles
George Gershwin/Arr. Wiley Finale from Rhapsody in Blue (1924)
Katie Wells dance
Tickets PER FAMILY were: $10 through May 20 — $11 in advance — $14 at the door
Directions: The June Bug Center, at ‘251 Parkway Lane South, Floyd, VA’, is just 0.5 mi south of Floyd’s only traffic light on Rt 8 South. Use that address for MapQuest and GPS systems.
Julee Hickcox, Flutist, was born in Singapore and spent her formative years in Hong Kong. She moved to the United States with her family at an early age and attended the North Carolina School of the Arts, where she studied flute with Philip Dunigan. Ms. Hickcox is a member of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra,and Opera Roanoke. Her mentors include contemporary piccolo masters Jeffery Zook, Clement Barone, Jan Gippo, and Laurie Sokoloff. Ms. Hickcox currently maintains a full flute & piccolo studio in Roanoke, Virginia and serves as orchestra contractor for the RSO.
John Smith, bassist, performs regularly with numerous professional orchestras including the Roanoke Symphony, where he is Associate Principal Bass. He also performs with Opera Roanoke and the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra, and serves as librarian of the RSO. A Professor of Double Bass at Roanoke College and Liberty University, Mr. Smith serves as an active clinician and instructor for the region. He has toured Germany, France, Italy, and Switzerland with orchestra. He received his B.M. from George Mason University and his Artist Diploma studies at the Boston Conservatory.
Lynn Bernhardt, Timpanist, is an associate member of the percussion section of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He performs with other musical organizations in the New York metropolitan area, including the New York City Opera Orchestra, the Opera Orchestra of New York, and the Long Island Philharmonic. Mr. Bernhardt has also performed with the American Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Lukes, the Bard Festival Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic. He is the Principal Timpanist and Percussionist of the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra in Wintergreen, Virginia.
Artistic Director & Conductor of our Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival, David Stewart Wiley, serves concurrently as Music Director & Conductor of New York’s Long Island Philharmonic and Virginia’s Roanoke Symphony Orchestra (RSO.com). Active as a guest conductor, pianist, arranger and film composer, Wiley has guest conducted acclaimed symphonies including Boston, Buffalo, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Saint Louis, Atlanta, Oregon, Honolulu, and Utah, among many others in 35 U.S. states. Wiley’s music career has taken him to dozens of countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa. He has previously served as Assistant Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Among his diverse activities, he created and leads an acclaimed event with business executives and musicians together on stage titled “Conducting Change” which helps executives to model leadership skills in a fun and engaging atmosphere.
2012 saw the international release of the film “Lake Effects” starring Jane Seymour, featuring a symphonic soundtrack played by the RSO conducted by David Stewart Wiley with new original music by Boyle and Wiley. In the fall of 2012, Wiley hosted another trip to Europe culminating with a performance at the Liszt Academy in Budapest.
David’s U.S. Summer Music Festival conducting appearances include Aspen, Brevard, The Music Academy of the West, Tanglewood, Park City, Minnesota Orchestra Summerfest, Indianapolis Symphony on the Prairie, and many others. From 1999 until 2006, Wiley was the Artistic Director & Conductor of the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival, where he founded the Festival Orchestra and Academy. His seven years at Wintergreen as artistic director and conductor were a time of remarkable artistic and financial growth for WPA, where he programmed and led over 100 performances of symphony, jazz, chamber music, and educational concerts.
Wiley’s CDs include an album of French cello concerti with Zuill Bailey & the Roanoke Symphony on Delos International, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 “Choral”, American Piano Concertos with Norman Krieger on Artisie 4, “David Wiley & Friends: Classical Jazz”, “American Trumpet Concertos” with the Slovak Radio Symphony and Paul Neebe, and violin/piano duo CD “Preludes & Lullabies” with Akemi Takayama.
Wiley holds a Doctor and Master of Music in Conducting from Indiana University, a degree in Piano Performance with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a degree in Religion, summa cum laude, from Tufts University. Wiley was honored by the NAACP as Citizen of the Year in the Arts, and he is a recipient of the Perry F. Kendig Prize for service to the arts.
As a solo pianist, Wiley has performed with numerous major orchestras throughout the United States including Minnesota, Indianapolis, Oregon, Honolulu, Wheeling, and at the Aspen, Garth Newel, Wintergreen, and Prince Albert (Hawaii) summer festivals. He has also appeared as a jazz pianist in Boston’s Symphony Hall and in recital appearances throughout the U.S. as well as in China, Russia, Romania, Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy, and Bulgaria.
Wiley collaborates with a diversity of well-known solo artists and groups in the Classical and Pops world, including Billy Joel, Sir James Galway, Jessye Norman, Midori, Lynn Harrell, John Williams, Andre Watts, Jon Nakamatsu, Eiji Oue, Norman Krieger, Zuill Bailey, Giora Schmidt, Christian Zacharias, Orly Shaham, Bernadette Peters, Bruce Hornsby, Jennifer Holliday, Marvin Hamlisch, Mercedes Ellington, Lou Rawls, Doc Severinsen, Aaron Neville, Michael McDonald, Art Garfunkel, the Pointer Sisters, Ben Vereen, Kool & the Gang, Cirque, Jeans n’ Classics, Boz Skaggs, Billy Ocean, K.C. & the Sunshine Band, The Moscow Ballet, and the Sounds of Blackness.