"The Green Room" is the heart of the RSO's location at 128 E. Campbell Avenue in Roanoke. Meet us in The Green Room for music, learning, and fun in the rhythm of Roanoke's downtown city center.

Check back here for more events in the The Green Room. Upcoming events coming soon.


Carrington Kay
& Ricky Hall

March 3, 2017 | 6:30 p.m.
Roanoke musicians Robert Carrington Smith III and Kristen Kay Smith are the musical duo Carrington Kay.  Both are accomplished musicians in their own right, and together create a unique and vibrant sound.

"Our emphasis is creating original music that is thoughtful and relevant while fun and easy on the ears. We like everyone ending up with a smile on their face and a positive groove in their heart!"

Catch Carrington Kay with opener Ricky Hall in The Green Room.

Watch & Listen: carringtonkay.com/media
$10 at the door.

Tickets not required, but space is limited.



Carmen Eby

Rebecca Willie

Naiara Sánchez

Noah Hock

Brian Carter

Tracy Cowden

Meet The Musicians

Beethoven, Brahms & Bartok
Music for clarinet, strings, and piano
Saturday, February 18, 2017 | 2:30 p.m.
Carmen Eby - clarinet
Rebecca Willie - violin
Naiara Sánchez - violin
Noah Hock - viola
Brian Carter - cello
Tracy Cowden - piano

Don't miss this chamber music showcase with RSO Principals and special guests. You'll hear masterworks by "Three B's" in The Green Room - this time it's Beethoven, Brahms, and Bartok in a casual and intimate setting. Stay afterwards to Meet The Musicians.
$10 admission at the door.
Tickets not required, but seating is limited.


Beethoven
String Trio in C minor, Op. 9, No. 3 (1797-98)
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Adagio con espressione
III. Scherzo. Allegro molto e vivace
IV. Finale. Presto

Brahms
Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115 (1891)
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Andantino
IV. Con moto

Bartok
Contrasts Sz. 111 (1938)
I. Verbunkos (Recruiting Dance)
II. Pihenö (Relaxation)
III. Sebes (Fast Dance)







Carmen Eby, clarinet

Carmen Eby is an active freelance artist and educator in the Piedmont Triad region, She holds the position of principal clarinet with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Opera Roanoke in Virginia.

In addition to her position as adjunct Instructor of Clarinet at High Point University and Guilford College, Ms. Eby maintains a private lesson studio in Greensboro and is the director of instrumental music at St. Pius X Catholic School. Ms. Eby gives clinics and master classes throughout the Piedmont Triad Region as well as working regularly with the Roanoke Youth Symphony Orchestra in Virginia. She has also been on the faculty at UNCG Summer Music Camp, Lutheran Summer Music Program and New England Music Camp.

Previously, Ms.Eby was on the faculty at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio and has been an active clinician and educator in the Central Ohio region. She holds her MM in clarinet performance from Ohio State University and her BA in Music Education from Luther College. Carmen lives in Greensboro with her husband, Chad Eby, and their two children Spenser and Mira.


Rebecca Willie, violin

Sought after as a passionate and dynamic performer, Rebecca Willie maintains a busy career as a chamber and orchestral musician.  Ms. Willie currently resides in Greensboro, NC where she serves as Assistant Concertmaster of the Winston-Salem Symphony and performs with Legal Wood Project and Classical Revolution Greensboro. In 2015, Ms. Willie was invited to join ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, OH.

Before relocating to North Carolina, Rebecca was a member of the Nashville Symphony for 12 seasons working under conductors such as Leonord Slatkin, Carlos Kalmar, and Peter Oundjian.  During her time in the orchestra, the NSO received 7 GRAMMY wins and 14 nominations for their recordings of current American composers such as Joan Tower, Michael Daugherty, and Joseph Schwantner.  In 2012 the NSO performed at Carnegie Hall on the Spring for Music series as the culmination of their eastern US tour.

From 2004-2014 Ms. Willie was Artistic Director of Eclectic Chamber Players which performed regularly across the Middle TN region including frequent appearances on Nashville Public Radio’s Live in Studio C and the OnStage series at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.  In addition, Ms. Willie has continued to be a regular guest artist with the GRAMMY nominated Alias Chamber Ensemble.  She has also performed on the chamber series of New Hampshire Music Festival in Plymouth, NH; Point Counterpoint Music Festival in Leceister, VT; Marrowstone Music Festival in Bellingham, WA; and Zephyr Music Festival in Northwest Italy.

Ms. Willie was a member of the New World Symphony from 2000-2002.  She holds a Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Cincinnati.


Naiara Sánchez, violin

Naiara Sánchez started her violin studies at the age of eight in Spain. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree at the Royal Conservatory of Granada and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in Tallinn. She started teaching violin in Granada where she also developed her career as a chamber music and orchestra musician. As the concertmaster of Granada University Orchestra, she had the opportunity to perform across Europe and Morocco. She also had the chance to work with main conductors as Daniel Barenboim. She recorded several CD’s with the Granada Baroque Orchestra and the Oniria Ensemble. In 2011 Ms. Sánchez moved to the USA where she received a graduate assistantship and earned her Master’s Degree in Violin Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. During this time she worked as a teaching assistant for the UNCG Music Department, coaching chamber music in addition to teaching violin and music history classes.

Nowadays she is an active performer being a founding member of the Railyard String Quartet based in Greensboro. She plays in several orchestras across North Carolina as Winston-Salem Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, Western Piedmont Symphony and Fayetteville Symphony.

Ms. Sanchez is a faculty member at St. Mary’s Music Academy in High Point and Lawndale Baptist Church Music and Fine Arts Academy in Greensboro.


Noah Hock, viola

Noah Hock is an active orchestra and chamber music performer throughout the Piedmont Triad area, performing as associate principal viola of the Winston Salem Symphony and member of both the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra and Roanoke Symphony. Noah is a founding member of the Railyard String Quartet and is actively involved with Classical Revolution Greensboro. He received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Puget Sound in 2003 and a Master of Music at UNCG in 2005.


Brian Carter, cello

Cellist Brian Carter leads a rather varied musical life. After earning his DMA from UNCG in 2013, he has cultivated an active freelance performing career. Currently he is the associate principal cellist of the NC Opera Orchestra, and can be found rotating through the sections of the Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Roanoke Symphony Orchestras.

A dedicated chamber musician and arts advocate, Brian is also the founder and artistic director of the Classical Revolution Greensboro concert series. Classical Revolution brings chamber music to unusual venues, and aims to make great chamber music accessible to a wide-ranging audience.


Tracy Cowden, piano

Tracy Cowden’s professional life centers around making music with others, whether in duos, chamber music, or orchestral settings. In her position as associate professor of piano and vocal coach at Virginia Tech, she shares her love of ensemble music through frequent performances with visiting artists and colleagues, and by mentoring undergraduates in solo and collaborative performance. Cowden’s recent concerts feature a wide range of music and partners, from the music of Jane Austen’s songbook with soprano Julianne Baird, to klezmer-influenced music with clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein and cellist Nick Cannelakis, to American fiddle music with violinist Mark O’Connor. Cowden is the chair of the music program in the School of Performing Arts at Virginia Tech, where she has been honored for her work as a teacher with a Certificate of Teaching Excellence.  Also active as a clinician and lecturer, she has presented master classes and workshops on topics related to collaborative music-making and creative programming across the country.  She holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Western Michigan University.

Improv

Carmina Burana's
Secular Songs and Dances

Thursday, April 21, 2016 | 12-noon - 12:45
Brown Bag Lecture/Presentation
Pedro Szalay, Southwest Virginia Ballet artistic director, presents this interesting discovery of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana through Choreography.

Join us for a glimpse inside the creative process of blending choreography and music in Orff's magical Carmina Burana cantata.

Southwwest Virginia Ballet dancers will join the RSO and choruses on stage at the April 24 performance.

Free admission.

Tickets not required.

Julee HickcoxBill ParrishErica Sipes

Meet The Musicians

Music for Flute, Oboe and Piano
Thursday, April 21, 2016 | 7 p.m.
Julee Hickcox - flute
Bill Parrish - oboe
Erica Sipes - piano

RSO flutist Julee Hickcox and RSO oboist Bill Parrish perform a one-hour program of music by Alberto Ginastera, William Grant Still, Madeleine Dring, and more - with pianist Erica Sipes.

Join us and enjoy this Thursday evening concert and Meet The Musicians in The Green Room!

Free admission.

Tickets not required.



Violaine MichelMichelle Huang

Meet The Musicians

Music for Violin and Piano
Thursday, February 11, 2016 | 7 p.m.
Violaine Michel - violin
Michelle Huang - piano

RSO violinist Violaine Michel with pianist Michelle Huang perform an international, one-program of music by Bach, Chopin, Bartok, Piazzolla, Copland, and more.

Join us and enjoy this Thursday evening concert and Meet The Musicians in The Green Room!

J.S. Bach: Gavotte en rondeau, Menuet & Gigue, from Partita No. 3
F. Chopin: Polonaise / Mazurka
B. Bartok: Romanian Dances
M. De Falla: Seis canciones populares espanolas
A. Piazzolla: Histoire du Tango - Cafe 1930
A. Copland: Rodeo: Hoe Down
S. Joplin: Ragtime

Free admission. 1-hour program.

Tickets not required.



Flutes

Flutes in The Green Room

December 11, 2015 | 6:00 p.m.
Stop by The Green Room Friday evening, December 11th at 6:00 p.m. and hear the Roanoke Youth Symphony Flute Ensemble with director Julee Hickcox perform Holiday music.

Great for the whole family.

Free admission.

Tickets not required.
The Green Room

Meet The Musicians:
Jay Crone, trombone
John McGinness, bass trombone

November 20, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
Join us for this special "Meet The Musicians" event in The Green Room.

RSO Principal trombonist, Jay Crone, and RSO bass trombonist John McGinness will present this 1-hour program of from Corelli to Contemporary, including Vaughan Williams and Franz Strauss.


A "Pay What You Want" event with $10 suggested donation.

Reservations not required.


The Green Room

Amanda Nelson

October 29, 2015 | 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Free Lunchtime Discussion
R.S.V.P. to Attend (click here)

How the Arts Can Enhance and Inform Your Ideas about Leadership


Join us for this free and fascinating lunchtime presentation Amanda Nelson, Ph.D.



About Amanda Nelson

Amanda Nelson directs the M.F.A. program area in Arts Leadership at Virginia Tech. Before coming to Virginia Tech, Amanda worked 11 years for the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in NYC, where she oversaw membership programs, government relations, corporate sponsorships, and foundation support.

Prior to joining Ailey, she worked in marketing and educational outreach. At IBM, she was part of a web marketing team; at the non-profit Girls Incorporated, she designed and implemented arts programs for inner-city youth; and at Young Audiences of the Bay Area, she worked in outreach and marketing.

Amanda earned a Ph.D. in Drama from Tufts University, an M.A. in Drama from San Francisco State University, and a B.A. in Drama from the University of California at Irvine. She has appeared onstage, written on a range of theatre topics, and has regularly presented at conferences.



Starts at noon and ends at 12:45. Feel free to bring your lunch if you like!

Space is limited. Free admission.
R.S.V.P. to Attend (click here)

RYSO Student Showcase

April 3, 2015 | 7:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Student musicians from the Roanoke Youth Symphony Orchestra perform solo works for violin, flute, and marimba in The Green Room.

Beethoven Romance in F, op. 50
Elizabeth Shelor, violin

Hue Fantasie for Flute and Piano
Lillie Gray, flute

Wieniawski Allegro from Concerto No. 2
Laurel Brooke, violin

Bruch Vorspiel, Violin Concerto No. 1
Connor Short, violin

Creston Concertino for Marimba
Zubin Hathi, marimba

Judy Clark, piano accompanist


Free admission.
Tickets not required.

Carrington Kay

March 6, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.
Roanoke musicians Robert Carrington Smith III and Kristen Kay Smith are the musical duo Carrington Kay.  Both are accomplished musicians in their own right, and together create a unique and vibrant sound.

"Our emphasis is creating original music that is thoughtful and relevant while fun and easy on the ears. We like everyone ending up with a smile on their face and a positive groove in their heart!"

Catch Carrington Kay in The Green Room.

Watch & Listen: carringtonkay.com/media


Free admission.

Tickets not required.
Flutes

Flutes in The Green Room

December 19, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.
Stop by The Green Room Friday evening, December 19th at 7 p.m. and hear the Roanoke Youth Symphony Flute Ensemble with director Julee Hickcox perform Holiday music.

Great for the whole family.

Free admission.

Tickets not required.
Improv

Virginia Tech Brass

December 12, 2014 | 5:30 p.m.
Join us for this special event in The Green Room, one-hour prior to the Christmas Parade.

RSO Principal trombonist, Jay Crone, and brass players from Virginia Tech will present this 45-minute program of solos, duets, and quartets from Bach to contemparary to Holiday fun!


Stop by for this special event at 5:30, then enjoy "A Dickens of a Christmas" and the 2014 Christmas Parade downtown, at 6:30.

Free admission.

Reservations not required.
Improv

Michael Havens

November 7, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.
[Musical] Art by Night
Classical guitarist Michael Havens performs a varied program from classical to flamenco to standards...

Join us and enjoy the virtuoso playing of Michael Havens!

1-hour. Free admission.

Tickets not required.

Improv

Carnival of the Animals

October 18, 2014 | 2:00
SATURDAY SOUNDS! - Free
Join us in The Green Room for Carnival of the Animals! Pianist Elizabeth Bachelder performs this remarkable music depicting a virtual parade of carnival animals!

From a lion to chickens, elephants, kangaroos, and many more, the Carnival of the Animals is a colorful, musical journey for kids of all ages!

Free admission.

Tickets not required.

The Green Room

David Stewart Wiley

October 16, 2014 | 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Free Lunchtime Discussion
Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony
Join us for a free, fascinating, and informal lunchtime presentation by Maestro Wiley at the grand piano. Dr. Wiley shares his insight into Beethoven's great "Pastoral" symphony.

How did Beethoven incorporate specific bird calls, a thunderstorm, and a babbling brook into this masterpiece? What is program music?  What makes this symphony great?   How did the composer’s increasing deafness inform this composition?

...Starts promptly at noon and ends at 12:45. Feel free to bring your lunch if you like; and the dress is casual.

Space is limited. Free admission.
Improv

Jeff Midkiff

October 3, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.
[Musical] Art by Night
Join musician and composer Jeff Midkiff in The Green Room for a little fiddle and mandolin music!

Jeff is a truly outstanding musician who feels comfortable in more than one setting - musically and personally. "I feel at home in the Blue Ridge Mountains playing fiddle tunes," Jeff Midkiff says, "I feel at home in a professional orchestra as well."

Join us and enjoy the virtuoso playing of Jeff Midkiff!  

Read more about Jeff Midkiff at JeffMidkiff.com.

Jeff and the RSO will premiere his new double concerto for mandolin, violin and orchestra next month at Jefferson Center.

1-hour. Free admission.

Tickets not required.

BrownBag Presentation
David Crane

Entrepreneurship for the Arts

September 18, 2014 | 12 noon to 12:45
David Crane, RSO Executive Director
BrownBag Lecture Presentation

Has entrepreneurship found a place in the Arts?

Meet the RSO's new Executive Director, David Crane, at this Brown Bag lunch-time presentation. David comes to the RSO with 16 years of experience leading the operations for such orchestras as the Buffalo Philharmonic and Cincinnati Symphony.

David will explore the new entrepreneurial spirit reviving the Arts today - in Roanoke and beyond.

Join us in The Green Room - bring your lunch - tables available.

45 minutes. Free admission. Tickets not required.

Saturday Sounds
Ludwig
Saturday Sounds
Jorge

"Beethoven
Lives in The Green Room"

September 13, 2014 | 10:30 a.m.
Jorge Rodriguez Ochoa, violin
Elizabeth Leddy, piano

SATURDAY SOUNDS - Free

Especially for Kids! Violinist Jorge Rodriguez Ochoa and pianist Elizabeth Leddy bring Beethoven to The Green Room - illustrating the story "Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin"in a reading by Hilary Kennard.

Also, September is Library Card Month. Signup for your Library card in The Green Room at this Saturday Sounds!

1-hour. Free admission. Tickets not required.


Larissa Venzie

Larissa Venzie - Marimba

Friday, September 5, 2014 | 7 p.m.

[Musical] Art By Night - Free
Virginia-based Larissa Venzie is a consummate musician, marimbist, and performer.

Larissa Venzie creates performances that have warmth, depth, character, and beauty. Don't miss this one-hour concert in The Green Room at 128 East Campbell Avenue in Roanoke.

This 1-hour program includes:

Ghanaia - Mattthias Schmitt
Julia Florida - Agustin Barrios Mangore
Two Mexican Dances - by Gordon Stout
Marimba Concerto Suite - Ney Rosauro
plus the music of Thomas Marceau, and more.

Free admission.

Tickets not required.

The Green Room

Recital

Students from
Frederick Chopin School of Music,
Opole, Poland

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 | 5 p.m.
Special Appearance
Roanoke Valley Sister Cities and the Kosciuszko Foundation Washington DC chapter are pleased to present students from the Frederick Chopin School of Music, Opole Poland. 

The one-hour performance will highlight Polish composers and music for the piano, violin and flute.  

Jagoda Krzeminska, flute
Martyna Kaszkowiak, violin
Antoni Pikuta, piano
Mateusz Rozek, piano
 
Free admission.

Tickets not required.


Alycia HugoSean Beaavers

Duo Bellezza - Flute & Guitar

Alycia Hugo, flute
Sean Beavers, Guitar
Guest: John Hugo, tenor

Friday, August 1, 2014 | 7 p.m.

[Musical] Art By Night - Free
"Duo Bellezza" - RSO Principal Flutist Alycia Hugo, and Guitarist Sean Beavers - plus guest soloist tenor John Hugo, perform a colorful program in The Green Room. Selections include the music of J.S. Bach, Franz Schubert, Astor Piazzolla, and more. 1-hour.

Free admission.

Tickets not required.

Improv

Silly Bus

June 21, 2014 | 10:30 a.m.
Saturday Sounds! - Free
Established in 2005, Silly Bus is an educational media company focused on developing music and videos that teach and entertain preschool and elementary aged children.





More about Silly Bus at
sillybus.net. Free admission.

Tickets not required.

The Green Room

It's ok if you don’t like jazz...
It's not ok if you don’t like Louis Armstrong.

June 19, 2014 | 12:00-noon to 12:45 p.m.
"Brown Bag" Lunchtime Presentation - Free
with Cyrus Pace

Join us for this special "BrownBag" Lunchtime presentation from Jefferson Center's Executive Director, Cyrus Pace.

Free admission.

Tickets not required.

Improv

Percussionist Zubin Hathi

June 6, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.
[Musical] Art by Night - Free
Up and coming percussionist, musician of the Symphony Orchestra of India and Roanoke Youth Symphony, Zubin Hathi performs a 30-minute all-percussion program in The Green Room. Zubin will play marimba at this Green Room event - an instrument that he made.

Free admission.

Tickets not required.

The Green Room

An "Old Rogue's Tale"
& The Merry Pranks
of Richard Strauss

May 22, 2014 | 12:00-noon to 12:45 p.m.
"Brown Bag" Lunchtime Discussion - Free
with Sarah Wardle Jones

Join us for a free, fascinating, and informal lunchtime presentation by Sarah Wardle Jones. Sarah traces the tale of Till Eulenspiegel from 14th Century Brunswick, Germany to the writing of one of Richard Strauss' most popular tone-poems, "Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks".

You can hear RSO winds perform a quintet version of "Till" on the RSO's season finale -- May 22 at 7:00 p.m. at Mill Mountain Theatre.

This Brown Bag lecture begins at 12-noon and ends at 12:30. Feel free to bring your lunch if you like; and the dress is casual.

Free admission.

Tickets not required.

Improv

Improv

Julee Hickcox & Carmen Eby

May 10, 2014 | 10:30 a.m.
Saturday Sounds!
"Flarinet" - Music for Flute & Clarinet

RSO musicians Carmen Eby (clarinet) and Julee Hickcox (flute) will dazzle audiences of all ages with the versatility and color of Flute and Clarinet.

Hear these woodwinds break away from the orchestra and team-up in The Green Room.

The program also includes a brief historical introduction to each instrument, solo demonstrations, and question & answer time for young students.

Free admission.

Tickets not required.

Improv

The Skillet Sisters

May 2, 2014 | 6:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
[Musical] Art by Night
The Skillet Sisters perform in The Green Room.

The Skillet Sisters is an all woman quartet who play tribute to the rich ballads and story telling found around us in the Appalachian tradition. With three distinct vocal styles the ladies present an eclectic mix from a natural regional voice to more complicated intertwined harmonies drawn from classic rock, country and gospel standards.



We do not limit ourselves to one genre of music but delight in presenting old time mountain ballads alongside more current music from popular culture which include the Beatles, John Denver and Gillian Welch to name a few.

Instruments used in the quartet continue along in a traditional "folk" style. Old time style acoustic lead and rhythm guitar are used with forays into more complicated finger picking styles, a steady alternate "bluegrass" bass line, a twangy dulcimer, along with a whimsical addition of an accordion, and percussive drum are provided by the ladies alongside the vocals.

In February 2013, The Skillet Sisters were included in an all woman "Sweetheart" Valentine's Day radio broadcast, and performed for an international audience, on WPAQ from the historic Earl Theater in Mt Airy, NC. Their presentations show the fun and joy that each of us brings to our performances and have charmed audiences... some have suggested they change their name to The "Sizzling" Skillet Sisters.

Free admission.

Tickets not required.

Improv

Einstein's Monkey

April 19, 2014 | 10:30 a.m.
"Saturday Sounds" - Free
Einstein's Monkey plays an exciting blend of family friendly rock music that is upbeat and honest. These fun songs not only celebrate joy and life but will also bring chilren and parents together with music they both can enjoy.

Content contains songs about truth, hope, love, peace, and basic character education. Join this fun and entertaining ensemble with their children's rock and roll!
Einsteins Monkey
Improv

Free admission.

Tickets not required.

The Green Room

David Stewart Wiley

April 17, 2014 | 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Free Lunchtime Discussion
"Schubert's Unfinished Masterpiece
& Brahms' Ode to Joy"

Join us for a free, fascinating, and informal lunchtime presentation by Maestro Wiley at the grand piano. Dr. Wiley shares his insight into the two great symphonies featured on our upcoming April 27 Masterworks program.

We will dig into Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 ”Unfinished” and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, often called the composer's “Ode to Joy”. How do each of these works owe their legacy to Beethoven? Is Schubert's masterpiece really “unfinished”? 

...Starts promptly at noon and ends at 12:45. Feel free to bring your lunch if you like; and the dress is casual.

Space is limited. Free admission.
Abigail PackElise BlakeSheng Yuan Kuan

Alive!
Horn Trios

By living, women composers for Horn - Violin - Piano
Saturday, March 29, 2014 | 10:30 a.m.
Abigail Pack - horn
Elise Blake - violin
Sheng Yuan Kuan - piano

RSO musicians Abigail Pack and Elise Blake, joined by pianist Sheng Yuan Kuan, perform a program of fresh, new repertoire by living Women composers.

Join us and enjoy the lively, colorful sound of the Horn Trio (horn, violin & piano) from this stellar trio of musicians at our first Springtime concert of 2014 -- in The Green Room!

Free admission. 1-hour program.

Tickets not required.



Improv

Baroque to Beyoncé:
400 Years of Divas

March 20, 2014 | 12-noon to 12:45
Brown Bag Lecture/Performance
Opera Roanoke Artistic Director Scott Williamson.

Free admission.

Tickets not required.

Improv

The Wright Kids Wrock

March 15, 2014 | 10:30 a.m. to noon
SATURDAY SOUNDS! - Free
The Wright Kids sing and play a variety of acoustic instruments in an eclectic mix of pop, rock, folk and bluegrass.

The Wright Kids engage students in an inspirational performance, and share stories of their experiences on America's Got Talent and other adventures.

More information about The Wright Kids is avaiable at www.thewrightkids.com

Free admission.

Tickets not required.

Improv

Songs of Love & War

March 7, 2014 | 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
[Musical] Art by Night - Free
Opera Roanoke’s Julius Caesar cast and Apprentice Artists sing in The Green Room!

Free admission.

Tickets not required.

Improv

"Moor" Music!

February 20, 2014 | 12-noon to 12:45
Brown Bag Lecture/Performance
Join us for this interesting discussion about the Moorish influence on Spain's classical and popular music repertoire - from Alfonso the Wise's medieval court to Falla's ballet Love the Magician, from the gypsy caves of Andalucía to Paco de Lucia's explosive flamenco-jazz fusion.

Dr. William Krause is a member of the music faculty at Hollins University and author of Federico Moreno Torroba, A Musical Life in three Acts (Oxford University Press, 2013)

Free admission.

Tickets not required.

Improv

Millberger Section - Jazz Trio

[-CANCELLED-]
Saturday Sounds! - Free
Don't miss this amazing young group! Roanoke Youth Symphony bassist Devon Arrington leads and introduces jazz to audiences of all age.

Free admission.

Tickets not required.

Improv

Jorge Rodriguez Ochoa
Violin Serenade

February 7, 2014 | 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
[Musical] Art by Night - Free
New RSO musician Jorge Rodriguez Ochoa accompanied by pianist Elizabeth Leddy will fill The Green Room with the lush sounds of violin and piano.

From Massenet to Rachmaninoff and more, join us for this special solo appearance by Jorge Rodriguez Ochoa.

Free admission.

Tickets not required.

Improv

The Matheson Brothers
"Appalachia to Arabia"

January 18, 2014 | 10:30 a.m.
"Saturday Sounds" - Free
The Matheson Brothers use contrasting styles ranging from Bach to Bartok and from Appalachian to Arabia to explore the difference between folk and classical music. An instrumental "petting-zoo" with small-sized violins allows students to experience playing a violin and feel how the physics of stringed instruments work. The artists play musical examples while discussing what makes folk and classical music different, as well as disassemble a violin bow to show students the real horsehair. This interactive program is fun and educational for all.
Improv

Free admission.

Tickets not required.

Improv

Composing:
The Creative Process

January 16, 2014 | 12-noon to 12:45
Brown Bag Lecture/Performance
Join musician and composer Jeff Midkiff at this interesting discussion from a composer's perspective. We'll get a glimpse of the creative process of composing music; from inspiration, to crafting a sound, to taking it on the road!

Free admission.

Tickets not required.

Improv

Musical Aperitif

January 16, 2014 | 6 p.m.
January 17, 2014 | 6 p.m.
Destination Concert
(Part of the RSO subscription season).
More about this concert.


Improv

Dayl Burnett
Art of the Trombone

January 3, 2014 | 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
[Musical] Art by Night - Free
Discover the the art of the trombone with soloist Dayl Burnett accompanied by pianist Wayne Gallops.

From Debussy to Tommy Dorsey, join us and enjoy the amazing artistic range of the trombone with master Dayl Burnett.

Free admission.

Tickets not required.

Improv

RYS Flute Ensemble
Flutes in The Green Room II

December 21, 2013 | 10:30 a.m.
"Saturday Sounds" - Free
Stop by The Green Room for Holiday music from the Roanoke Youth Symphony Flute Ensemble, director Julee Hickcox, plus RSO woodwind players. Great for the whole family!

Free admission.

Tickets not required.

Improv

"BrownBag" Holiday Performance

December 19, 2013 | 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Free Lunchtime Concert
Join RSO Music Director David Stewart Wiley, as well as RSO flutist Julee Hickcox and John Smith on Bass, at this fun 45-minute session of Holiday favorites and discussion.

Bring your own lunch if you wish to this [casual] event at The Green Room! 

Space is limited - no reservations required.

Free admission.
Improv

Flutes in The Green Room

December 13, 2013 | 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
[Musical] Art by Night - Free
Stop by The Green Room for [Musical] "Art by Night" with the Roanoke Youth Symphony Flute Ensemble and director Julee Hickcox.

Free admission.

Tickets not required.
Improv

Strings in The Green Room

December 6, 2013 | 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
[Musical] Art by Night - Free
Stop by The Green Room for [Musical] "Art by Night" with the Patrick Henry High School String Ensemble.

Free admission.

Tickets not required.
Improv

"Greensleeves Rediscovered"

November 21, 2013 | 12-noon to 12:45
Brown Bag Lecture/Performance
Join Radford University professor Dr. David Zuschin at this interesting (and seasonal) discussion. We'll trace the history of "Greensleeves" as well as the modern rediscovery and resurgeance of other ancient carols.

Free admission.

Tickets not required.
Improv

Virginia All Steel Orchestra

November 16, 2013 | 10:30 a.m.
Saturday Sounds
Join us every third Saturday morning of the month to hear musicians from all over Southwest Virginia present entertaining and educational programs for children and their families!

Free admission.

Reservations not required.
Improv

"Classically Appalachian"

November 1, 2013 | 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
[Musical] Art by Night - Free
Stop by The Green Room for [Musical] "Art by Night" for a blend of Appalachian and Classical music from Jeff Midkiff and Melissa Hudson.

Hear and meet Jeff and Melissa during two 30-minute sessions.

Free admission.

Tickets not required.
Improv

Mozart's Operatic Swan Song

October 17, 2013 | 12-noon to 12:45
Brown Bag Lecture/Performance
Join Opera Roanoke director Scott Williamson as we explore Mozart's operatic "Swan Song" - The Magic Flute

Free admission.

Tickets not required.
Improv

Zuill Bailey in The Green Room

October 4, 2013 | 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
[Musical] Art by Night - Free
Stop by The Green Room for [Musical] "Art by Night" with renowned cellist Zuill Bailey.

Hear and meet Zuill Bailey during two 30-minute sessions.

Free admission.

Tickets not required, but please R.S.V.P. to attend.
Improv

Roanoke Chamber Brass

September 21, 2013 | 10:30 a.m.
Saturday Sounds
Join us every third Saturday morning of the month to hear musicians from all over Southwest Virginia present entertaining and educational programs for children and their families!

We will launch our series in The Green Room this Saturday, September 21st from 10:30-12:00 with our city’s very own Roanoke Chamber Brass. They will present a program full of exciting music that teaches audiences what makes a musical instrument tick.

Free admission.

Reservations not required.
Improv

[Musical] Art by Night

September 6, 2013 | 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Free Casual Event
Stop by The Green Room for [musical] "Art by Night" with RSO music director David Stewart Wiley.

We'll open the doors for two 30-minute sessions from Maestro Wiley at the grand piano.

Free admission.

Reservations not required.
Improv

Stories with Music &
"Pluto is Still a Planet?"

August 7, 2013 | 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Free Lunchtime Discussion
Join RSO Music Director David Stewart Wiley at this fun, free and informative 45-minute session of discussion and music.  Bring your own lunch if you wish to this [casual] event at The Green Room! 

Space is limited. Free admission.
Student Musicale

Student Musicale

June 13, 2013 | 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Adults & Students
Hear young music students in solo recital with Maestro David Stewart Wiley, accompanist.

Presented by the Friends of the Roanoke Symphony

Free.

"The Green Room"  |  128 E. Campbell Avenue  | 
Roanoke, VA 24011-1406 
Classic Rock

"Classic" Rock

May 30, 2013 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Adults
Many Rock & Roll musicians took their training and inspiration from classical music. This fun workshop-discussion explores the bands (and their music) possessing strong and direct roots in classical music. We'll listen to, and delve into, the "classical" structure of Rock & Roll! 

Led by musician Melissa Hudson and [hard core] rock enthusiast Tom Brown.

Free.

"The Green Room"  |  128 E. Campbell Avenue  | 
Roanoke, VA 24011-1406 
Family Day

Family Day @ 128 E. Campbell

May 18, 2013 | 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Instrument Petting Zoo for All Ages
Join the RSO staff for this "hands on" music experience day. There will be plenty of instruments for persons of all ages to try, find out about more activities available for children and youth. Look for The Green Room logo, and come in to our open house on May 18th!

The first 40 families on May 18 get a buy-one-adult-get-one-free-kid's admission to Mill Mountain Zoo's "Animal Acoustic" from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the same day.
Improv

Classical Improv? Yes!

May 15, 2013 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Young Adults Improv
Have you ever wanted to improve your classical-inspired improvisational skills?  This 90 minute group session with David Stewart Wiley is open to all amateur instrumental musicians age 13-22 who can play fluent scales in different keys, with a willingness to respond and to demonstrate a free musical dialogue.  Acoustic instruments only.

Free, but advance registration is required for this session. Just email your name and instrument to Liz Lochbruner [liz.lochbrunner@rso.com]. <
Percussion Class

Percussion Class

May 11, 2013
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Middle School
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. High School
Percussion class for students
Coach: Dr. Rob Sanderl
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Improv

Making American Music, American!

April 24, 2013 | 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Free Lunchtime Discussion
Join RSO Music Director David Stewart Wiley as he plays the grand piano at this fun, free and informative 45-minute discussion about American classics.  Bring your own lunch if you wish to this first [casual] event at The Green Room! 

Space is limited. Free admission.

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