Festival acts to include LeAnn Rimes, Bruce Hornsby

Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers will be playing at Shenandoah Valley Music Festival in Orkney Springs on Sept. 3. Photos courtesy of Shenandoah Valley Music Festival
LeAnn Rimes will sing at the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival on Aug. 13. Photos courtesy of Shenandoah Valley Music Festival

Bruce Hornsby and LeAnn Rimes are among a variety of artists featured at this year’s Shenandoah Valley Music Festival.

Performances will be held on weekends from late July into early September at the Shrine Mont Conference Center in Orkney Springs. Dennis Lynch, festival president, said the first and last events on July 22 and Sept. 4 are soon to be finalized.

“We still have two shows to book, but I’m very pleased with they way things have worked out this year,” he said.

Lynch said he had been trying to book Bruce Hornsby at the festival for about 10 years, and “the stars finally aligned this summer.”

“There are a lot of time sensitive moving parts – everything’s got to fit in just right,” he said. “In the past, I know that dates have been a problem. Radius, being inside another organization’s radius area, has been a problem…but everything’s worked out nicely.”

Hornsby will perform with the Noisemakers at the festival on Sept. 3.

The Piedmont Symphony Orchestra will make its debut at the festival with two separate shows. On July 23, it will be “thinking outside the Bachs” during an American rock show titled “The Beatles and Friends,” which Lynch said has been a big hit in Warrenton. During the performance, he said conductor Glenn Quader puts down his baton to pick up an electric bass.

The orchestra  also will be playing a “Tcheck out Tchaikovsky” show featuring works by the Russian composer on July 30. Lynch said those songs took the U.S. by storm in a “Russian invasion” similar to the “British invasion” around 80 years later.

“Tchaikovsky actually toured America back in the early 1890s and he was treated like a rock star. People just went nuts for him,” he said. “Everywhere he went, he fell in love with America and America fell in love with him.”

Lynch said the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra will also be working with Shenandoah County Public School’s summer string instrument clinic program.

Fans of Celtic music and Riverdance will recognize the fiddling talents of Eileen Ivers, who will showcase her musical skills at the festival on July 29.

On Aug. 12, the festival will pair 2016 Grammy winners The SteelDrivers with the Gibson Brothers to bring a touch of bluegrass to the outdoor stage.

LeAnn Rimes will sing at the festival on Aug. 13. Lynch said the festival had been in talks with her for a few years.

In the middle of the festival’s sponsorship drive, Lynch said many of the sponsors from years previous have returned with support this year.

“We have proposals at many other places and we hope that we have a great sponsorship year, because let’s face it: great music costs great money,” he said.

Tickets for general admission and reserved pavilion seating vary in price and are currently available by calling 540-459-3396 or online at http://tinyurl.com/ztrk6oy.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com

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