Monday evening December 11 will be a very special night at Curfman Hall in Covington High School. The Alleghany Highlands Arts Council will present the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra performing its annual installation of holiday cheer with their Holiday Pops concert.
This year's guest soloist is American Idol star, Michael Lynche who will handle vocals on traditional favorites like "Silent Night", "O Holy Night", and "Joy to the World". The orchestra will play everything from Vaughan Williams' "Fantasia on Greensleeves" to Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" to Anderson's orchestral classic "Sleigh Ride". Other moving seasonal pieces will culminate in the annual tradition of the "Holiday Pops Sing-a-long"
The event is supported by a Touring Assistance Grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts as well as a generous grant from the Alleghany Foundation.
To add to the magic of the evening, there will be a ceremony during intermission to dedicate the new seating in the auditorium. The Arts Council mounted a campaign over a year ago to raise $75,000 in community funds necessary for the Covington City School system to secure a capitol improvement loan from the state to do much-needed work at the high school. The old seats, while refurbished in the late 1980's, are the original chairs from the days the school was built in 1939. The new seats were installed last week and are larger and more comfortable, offering greater handicap seating for student use as well as community events. Individuals and businesses who made contributions to the effort will be recognized as special guests at the event.
Tickets for the event are $25 adults and $8 students and are on sale at the Arts Council office at 450 W. Main Street in Covington and their website www.alleghanyarts4all.com. They can also be purchased at the door at CHS Monday evening. The public can reserve tickets or acquire more information by calling 962-ARTS (2787). ... See MoreSee Less
The Alleghany Highlands Arts Council regrets to announce that its Performing Arts Series season opener on October 11, "Tuesdays With Morrie" with Jamie Farr has been CANCELLED. The decision was made when Mr. Farr withdrew from the production.
Mr. Farr's agent issued a statement explaining that Mr. Farr withdrew from the agreement because his fellow cast-mate (David Keeley) and the show’s director (Ron Ulrich), both Canadians, and have been denied work visas to enter the United States by the Office of Homeland Security.
"We were hoping that an appeal of that immigration decision would set our plans back on track but despite best efforts, that has not happened." said Arts Council Executive Director Tammy Scruggs-Duncan. "I am deeply disappointed that Jamie Farr will not be coming to our stage but we are vigorously searching for a replacement event. My office is in the process of booking a substitution right now."
Scruggs-Duncan continued, "We ask for your patience as we work this out and I promise a suitable solution will be reached. Until then, the season ticket sales campaign is on hold.
Once the new event is in place, those who have already purchased season tickets will have to opportunity to keep their subscription or receive a refund. Customers who have purchased a single event ticket are being fully refunded immediately."
All other events in the 2017-18 Performing Arts Series remain in tact, with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra set to appear on the Curfman Hall stage at Covington High School on December 11. Anyone wanting further information or explanation can contact the Arts Council at 962-ARTS (2787) ... See MoreSee Less
SEASON TICKETS NOW ON SALE. EARLY BIRD BONUS - if you buy the Performing Arts Series before August 19 you will recieve a FREE ticket to our Special CFHS Alumni event "The Marvelous Wonderettes" (which is not part of the Performing Arts Series.) Call 540-962-ARTS ... See MoreSee Less