June 7, 2014 — 10:30 AM Family Concert

Tickets, Directions, More on the Concert:

Saturday, June 7 10:30 –11:30 am Floyd EcoVillage

 Family Concert – “Baroque to Billy Joel”

This one hour program in Celebration Hall 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!

David Stewart Wiley at the grand piano and a trio of musicians explore the roots of recent recorded popular hits – from Bach, Classical, and Ragtime to Billy Joel and other hit-makers –  in a fun and informative one hour program for all ages, hosted by Maestro Wiley.

This is a program designed to delight and inspire.
Come meet the performers — See and hear the instruments up close.

Julee Hickcox, flute
John Smith, bass
Al Wojtera, percussion
David Stewart Wiley, piano and host

Mozart/Arr. Wiley   Funky Figaro

Scott Joplin    Three Short Rags: Weeping Willow, Cascades, Strenuous Life

Wiley    5-Legged Rag [2014, premiere]

Jethro Tull     Bouree (from J.S. Bach Bouree)

Billy Joel     Classical Invention (2001)

Peter De Rose   The Lamp is Low (1939)  [from Ravel’s Pavane]

Apollo 100    Joy (1972) [from Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring]

Forrest/Wright   Stranger in Paradise (1953) [from Borodin’s Polovetsian Dances]

Procol Harem     A Whiter Shade of Pale (1967) (from Bach’s Air on a G String)

Bolling      Baroque & Blue & Irlandaise [From Bach & Handel]

Raymond Scott    In an 18th Century Drawing Room (1930)
[from Haydn’s Piano Concerto in C]

This is a concert that will connect the dots between centuries of great music. 


Tickets may be purchased:

— online by credit card via the link below

— in person by cash or check at The Jacksonville Center in Floyd

— by credit card charged over the phone 540.745.2784 (Jacksonville Center).

The tickets for each concert will be available for pick up
at the concert venue.

After 4 pm, June 6th — Purchase Tickets ‘At Door’


Family with one adult:     $10 in advance – $12 at the door

Family with two adults:    $15 in advance – $17 at the door

Internet Tickets


Directions: Floyd EcoVillage – Celebration Hall, at 188 EcoVillage Trail, Floyd, VA, is just a short distance off Franklin Pike. The turn onto EcoVillage Trail is 1.25 miles on Franklin Pike from Floyd Highway North (Rt 221 N). For MapQuest and GPS systems, use the address ‘718 Franklin Pike, Floyd, VA’ to locate the turn onto EcoVillage Trail – then follow signs.

Map Directions to Floyd EcoVillage


Julee Hickcox, Flutist

Julee Hickcox, Principal Flute

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 headshot

John Smith, Principal Bass

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.

Al Wojtera, Percussion

Al Wojtera, Percussion

Al Wojtera, Percussion, is in his 23rd year at Radford University as a professor of music where he serves as chairman of the department of music. Since his appointment as chairman in January 2009, the department has undergone significant restructuring and curricular reconfiguration, and has seen the number of music majors increase by almost 10 percent this fall. The grand opening this past spring of The Douglas & Beatrice Covington Center for the Visual and Performing Arts with state of the art rehearsal facilities and recital hall, has signaled in a new era of music performance at Radford for its faculty, students and audiences.

Mr. Wojtera is an active percussionist in solo recitals, small chamber ensembles, the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Opera Roanoke, Wintergreen Festival Orchestra, regional jazz ensembles, touring show productions, and has served as conductor for Radford University productions of the Nutcracker Ballet. He is a frequent adjudicator and clinician throughout the tri-state area, and is the Southwest Regional Representative for the Virginia Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society.

Prior to his current appointment, he served as Director of the Radford University Percussion Ensemble that that has toured public schools and universities throughout Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina, performed for the VMEA State Conference, and has been featured in both Virginia and North Carolina Percussive Arts Society’s Days of Percussion. Reviews of their CD By Departing Light indicated “an excellent CD that is eclectic in content and styles, each piece is well played, and the contrasts in styles make this an interesting hour of listening.” (Percussive Notes, Dec. 2001)


David Stewart Wiley, Artistic Director

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.