Rogers to perform at Handley

The Sixth Annual Patsy Cline Classic will feature country music star Kenn Rogers on stage at Handley High School on March 7.

WINCHESTER — Country singer Kenny Rogers has been chosen to headline the sixth annual Patsy Cline Classic.

The concert, held at the Patsy Cline Theatre at Handley High School, is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 7.

Tickets go on sale beginning at 6 a.m. Friday and cost $39.50, $59.50 and $79.50. There are 1,327 seats in the theater.

Rogers, 76, is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the winner of three Grammy awards. Among his songs are “The Gambler,” “Coward of the Country,” “Lady” and “Islands in the Stream.”

Proceeds from the concert benefit students and teachers in Winchester public schools.

Previous Patsy Cline Classic headliners have included Willie Nelson, The Beach Boys, Wynonna Judd, LeAnn Rimes and Merle Haggard.

Rogers will be performing on the same stage the late country legend and Winchester icon Patsy Cline once performed on.

Shenandoah Country Q102-FM host Chris Mitchell, speaking at the announcement at Handley High School on Thursday morning, said Rogers wanted to perform at the theater.

“He wanted to come here, as they all do,” Mitchell said. “He wanted to be on this same stage Patsy Cline started on and that means something to him … There’s something very hallowed about this place, and we’re not the only ones who know it.”

Event organizer Christian Schweiger likened Rogers and Cline as both producing “music for the common man.”

“If you could look up Kenny Rogers’ net worth, he doesn’t need to do shows at the Patsy Cline Theatre,” he said, “but I tell you what, he’s like the uncle you wish you had.”

To purchase tickets, visit http://www.ticketfly.com.

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rcornell@nvdaily.com