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WHRO arts and culture reporter Rebecca Weinstein brings you a fresh, exciting take on our vibrant local arts scene. A seasoned writer and classically trained soprano with a commitment to expanding audiences for the arts, she grew up and discovered her love of the performing arts in the Hampton Roads area, studied music at the prestigious Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, and honed her arts writing skills while living and working in the Washington, D.C. area. Rebecca is your friendly, knowle ...
 
Find The Right Words is a poetry and rap night in Leicester which each month features two of the most exciting performers from around the UK. There are also 10 open mic spots to local acts and the challenge for an audience member to write and perform a poem based on suggestions from the audience. On this monthly podcast Jess Green introduces a selection of poems from the open mic spots and highlights from the headliners.
 
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We're in the midst of WHRO's virtual chamber music concert series, featuring exclusive performances from local musicians. The next concert features pianist Lee Jordan-Anders. Rebecca Weinstein spoke with her about how life has been lately, the music she’s sharing with us, and how she wants us to walk away from her performance feeling.…
 
We're in the midst of WHRO's virtual chamber music concert series, featuring exclusive performances from local musicians. Our second concert in the series is by guitarist Todd Holcomb. Rebecca Weinstein spoke with him about the recording process for the concert, the music he’s sharing with us, and how he gets in his performance state of mind.…
 
Virginia Opera was forced to cancel its production of Aida due to COVID-19, but the company is still working to stay connected with opera lovers across Virginia. This Thursday, April 30, Virginia Opera will stream a production of La Boheme from 2015 on YouTube. Rebecca interviewed Artistic Director Adam Turner about how the company is coping during…
 
Jae Sinnett, host of Sinnett in Session on WHRV had a few moments to speak with Randy Thomas, president and owner The Vanguard Brewpub & Distillery about their mandated shutdown, their opportunity to be part of the distillery team making hand sanitizer for the U.S. government, and the creative ways they are still working to support local musicians …
 
Frederick Ballentine grew up in Norfolk and attended the Governor's School for the Arts, where he fell in love with opera. This season, he made his debut at The Metropolitan Opera with the role of Sportin' Life in their new production of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. Frederick talks with Wayla about his memories of Governor's School, his advice for cu…
 
Wayla speaks with French guitarist Raphael Feuillatre, who was the First Prize Winner of the 2018 Guitar Foundation of America Competition and is currently on tour throughout North America. His recently released album on the Naxos label includes a wide range of styles and periods, encompassing both classic works for the guitar and transcriptions of…
 
Virginia Musical Theatre presents the Rodgers and Hammerstein review "A Grand Night for Singing" the weekend of November 22. Rebecca Evans interviewed Director Lindsay Eure and performer Tyler Sodoma about their backgrounds, the arrangements in the show, and the moments they're most excited about.By 89.5 WHRV-FM, Norfolk, VA
 
Caroline Shaw, an innovative composer, violinist, and vocalist, is a guest artist with the Virginia Symphony this week. She was the youngest-ever recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2013, and has written for and collaborated with a wide range of artists, from Renee Fleming, to the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, to Ben Folds. Wayla Chambo …
 
On Friday night, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra launched its 99th season with a program called “Rachmaninoff and Ravel." The occasion also marked conductor and music director JoAnn Falletta’s final opening night with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra after 28 years of consistently raising the bar of arts excellence in our region.…
 
Bronte by Polly Teale opens at the Zeiders American Dream Theater on Friday, July 26. Rebecca Evans interviewed the creative team about their personal experiences with the Bronte novels and how Teale narrates the lives and creative processes of the famous sisters.By 89.5 WHRV-FM, Norfolk, VA
 
Last weekend, Generic Theater opened a striking production of the musical Chess in their space in the black box theater under Chrysler Hall. The show plays until July 21; don’t miss your chance to see this unique, large-scale production of a show the Hampton Roads region has never seen before.By 89.5 WHRV-FM, Norfolk, VA
 
Last weekend, Virginia Arts Festival presented an interpretation of Shakespeare’s play Antony and Cleopatra at the Ferguson Center and Chrysler Hall, in addition to a show featuring Michael Feinstein at the Sandler Center. From classical music and Shakespeare to Broadway and cabaret, the 2019 season had a bit of something for every taste.…
 
Last weekend, Virginia Arts Festival brought us a world premiere and a weekend of spectacular dance at Norfolk’s Chrysler Hall. Dance Theatre of Harlem was born 50 years ago as the first African American classical ballet company. In this engagement at Virginia Arts Festival, Dance Theatre of Harlem performed the pieces “Valse Fantaisie,” “Adagietto…
 
Jessie talks with Wayla about her music for the new Dance Theatre of Harlem ballet (a world premiere that takes place this weekend, commissioned by the Virginia Arts Festival and the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution), as well as her work with the Sphinx Organization and recent developments in the American orchestral landscape.…
 
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