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'Oklahoma!': University's second summer musical has important past

Susan McCormack-Pike swings a pistol WINCHESTER -- The musical "Oklahoma!" is one of those productions that never gets old, certainly never dies and always promises that the audience members will leave humming a few of its memorable tunes, from "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'" to the title song, "Oklahoma!" comments
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Band of brothers: Galanis teens help make up Southern Governor

band1.jpg WINCHESTER -- If ever a garage band had a chance at making a name for itself, it would be Southern Governor. comments
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Music festivals: Cue the music

Cherryholmes The Shenandoah Valley Music Festival has long been synonymous with summertime in the valley, bringing great music to the area and offering an enchanting outdoor venue in Orkney Springs. comments
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Cave Ridge Vineyard to host Barrels, Barbecue & Bands

cave1.jpg MT. JACKSON -- Four bands will battle it out Saturday for a chance to open for bluegrass band Cherryholmes at the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival this summer. Barrels, Barbecue & Bands will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at Cave Ridge Vineyard in Mt. Jackson, and will feature an afternoon of food, wine and music. comments
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Violinist Midori to play at Shenandoah

Violinist Midori WINCHESTER -- As part of this year's Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, violinist Midori -- with special guest pianist Charles Abramovic -- will perform at Shenandoah University on Friday evening. comments
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Local middle school to showcase state's best

Staci Li plays in a line of violins By Preston Knight - pknight@nvdaily.com WOODSTOCK -- For an hour of your time today, you can save about $50, Rebecca Cooper estimates. Peter Muhlenberg Middle School is hosting the regional junior orchestra festival this weekend, with rehearsal beginning Friday afternoon for the main event at 4:30 p.m. today in the gymnasium. About 140 seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders from 24 schools, some as far away as Roanoke and Lynchburg, are participating and have been divided into two ensembles, each of which will perform five pieces under the guidance of guest conductors Martin and Alice Glasco, of Chesapeake. Cooper, Peter Muhlenberg's chorus and orchestra director, is the event's host, the third time she and the school have served in that capacity. For anyone who missed out on the first two, in 2000 and 2005, you're not going to want to make the same mistake again, she said. "It's like going to a philharmonic concert," Cooper said. "They really sound above high school level. They sound like they should be in a professional recording." She added that it would cost about $50 to hear this high quality of music live elsewhere. Jennifer Perry, who directs Central High School's orchestra, called the music "incredible."... comments
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Musica Viva will premiere work by local composer

WINCHESTER -- Music will fill the sanctuary at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church this weekend when the Winchester Musica Viva choir premieres "... the last words," a seven-movement piece for choir, violin and piano by local musician Ryan Keebaugh. comments
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Local production studio focuses on acoustic sound

George Hodgkiss works in his recording studio BROWNTOWN -- Phoenix Productions near Front Royal may be off the beaten track, but it has proven itself capable of bursts of musical greatness time and time again. comments
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Funny Money to play Strasburg Theater

Steve Whiteman performs STRASBURG -- When his band broke up in the '90s, lead singer Steve Whiteman, of Hagerstown, Md., kept his passion for music alive by teaching voice and guitar in Baltimore and Harrisburg, Pa. Then a friend came to him in 1996 wondering if he would be interested in starting a new band -- one that would not only include songs from the first band, but also eventually resurrect it. comments
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Review: Wayside's 'Buddy Holly Story' sure to lift spirits

MIDDLETOWN -- Wayside Theatre's "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" is a guaranteed antidote to winter blues and, at least temporarily, the parlous economy. The musical tribute to the rock 'n' roll pioneer culminates in a rollicking jam session that features the talented cast wheeling through a medley of "golden oldies" sure to delight any audience. comments

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