Concert presenter receives award

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, left, and Shenandoah Valley Music Festival Executive Director Dennis Lynch pose for a photo. Courtesy photo

Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, a nonprofit concert presenter based in Woodstock and Orkney Springs, was one of 50 arts organizations honored by the Virginia Commission for the Arts during its 50th-anniversary program Feb. 15 in Richmond.

SVMF Executive Director Dennis Lynch and SVMF Chairwoman Leigh Devier attended the program at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to accept a 50 for 50 Arts Inspiration Award. The awards were given to organizations and individuals who have made significant contributions to the arts in Virginia.

Award recipients fell into five categories. The concert presenter was one of eight recipients chosen for the category of Exemplary Program and Pinnacle Events.

A panel composed of former Virginia Commission for the Arts commissioners and arts leaders chose the 50 award recipients from among 350 nominations. In addition to the anniversary program, award recipients were honored at a reception hosted by former Gov. Terry McAuliffe and former First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe at the Executive Mansion in October.