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Hear comments by those who make the arts so vibrant in Hampton Roads - conductors, musicians, singers, actors, teachers, visual artists. Learn about performances and get insight into the creative process from the artists themselves.

Latest Episodes

Interview with conductor James Blachly

James Blachly speaks with Wayla about his recently released premiere recording of The Prison (1930) by Dame Ethel Smyth, why he considers it a neglected masterpiece, and what particular meaning it might hold for us in 2020.

--AUG 8
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Interview with conductor James Blachly

Interview with Adam Turner of Virginia Opera

Virginia Opera was forced to cancel its production of Aida due to COVID-19, but the company is still working to stay connected with opera lovers across Virginia. This Thursday, April 30, Virginia Opera will stream a production of La Boheme from 2015 on YouTube. Rebecca interviewed Artistic Director Adam Turner about how the company is coping during these tough times.

5 minAPR 30
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Interview with Adam Turner of Virginia Opera

Local Brewery Delivers New Product

Jae Sinnett, host of Sinnett in Session on WHRV had a few moments to speak with Randy Thomas, president and owner The Vanguard Brewpub & Distillery about their mandated shutdown, their opportunity to be part of the distillery team making hand sanitizer for the U.S. government, and the creative ways they are still working to support local musicians during the shutdown. Out of bad, comes good!

--MAR 26
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Local Brewery Delivers New Product

Virginia Opera Preview: Verdi's Aida

Dr. Glenn Winters discusses the final Virginia Opera production of this season, Verdi's epic masterpiece Aida.

--MAR 15
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Virginia Opera Preview: Verdi's Aida

From Norfolk to the Met: Tenor Frederick Ballentine

Frederick Ballentine grew up in Norfolk and attended the Governor's School for the Arts, where he fell in love with opera. This season, he made his debut at The Metropolitan Opera with the role of Sportin' Life in their new production of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. Frederick talks with Wayla about his memories of Governor's School, his advice for current students, and what it was like making that Met debut.

8 minFEB 1
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From Norfolk to the Met: Tenor Frederick Ballentine

Opera Preview

Preview of Virginia Opera's "Cinderella" with Glenn Winters

--JAN 25
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Opera Preview

Interview with Andrew Greene of the Peacherine Ragtime Orchestra

The Peacherine Ragtime Orchestra will perform in Kill Devil Hills on Saturday, January 25. Rebecca Evans interviewed Andrew Greene, the orchestra’s conductor and founder, about the performance.

7 minJAN 25
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Interview with Andrew Greene of the Peacherine Ragtime Orchestra

Interview with guitarist Raphael Feuillatre

Wayla speaks with French guitarist Raphael Feuillatre, who was the First Prize Winner of the 2018 Guitar Foundation of America Competition and is currently on tour throughout North America. His recently released album on the Naxos label includes a wide range of styles and periods, encompassing both classic works for the guitar and transcriptions of works from composers such as Rameau, Rachmaninov, and Scriabin. He performs two concerts in the area this week, presented by the Tidewater Classical Guitar Society.

6 min2019 DEC 6
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Interview with guitarist Raphael Feuillatre

Interview with Virginia Musical Theatre: A Grand Night for Singing

Virginia Musical Theatre presents the Rodgers and Hammerstein review "A Grand Night for Singing" the weekend of November 22. Rebecca Evans interviewed Director Lindsay Eure and performer Tyler Sodoma about their backgrounds, the arrangements in the show, and the moments they're most excited about.

5 min2019 NOV 16
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Interview with Virginia Musical Theatre: A Grand Night for Singing

Interview with the Norfolk Chamber Consort: Traversing the Americas

The Norfolk Chamber Consort presents “Traversing the Americas” on Monday, November 11. Rebecca Evans interviewed Artistic Co-Directors Andrey Kasparov and Oksana Lutsyshyn about their involvement with the Consort and what to expect at Monday’s concert.

6 min2019 NOV 9
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Interview with the Norfolk Chamber Consort: Traversing the Americas

Latest Episodes

Interview with conductor James Blachly

James Blachly speaks with Wayla about his recently released premiere recording of The Prison (1930) by Dame Ethel Smyth, why he considers it a neglected masterpiece, and what particular meaning it might hold for us in 2020.

--AUG 8
Comments
Interview with conductor James Blachly

Interview with Adam Turner of Virginia Opera

Virginia Opera was forced to cancel its production of Aida due to COVID-19, but the company is still working to stay connected with opera lovers across Virginia. This Thursday, April 30, Virginia Opera will stream a production of La Boheme from 2015 on YouTube. Rebecca interviewed Artistic Director Adam Turner about how the company is coping during these tough times.

5 minAPR 30
Comments
Interview with Adam Turner of Virginia Opera

Local Brewery Delivers New Product

Jae Sinnett, host of Sinnett in Session on WHRV had a few moments to speak with Randy Thomas, president and owner The Vanguard Brewpub & Distillery about their mandated shutdown, their opportunity to be part of the distillery team making hand sanitizer for the U.S. government, and the creative ways they are still working to support local musicians during the shutdown. Out of bad, comes good!

--MAR 26
Comments
Local Brewery Delivers New Product

Virginia Opera Preview: Verdi's Aida

Dr. Glenn Winters discusses the final Virginia Opera production of this season, Verdi's epic masterpiece Aida.

--MAR 15
Comments
Virginia Opera Preview: Verdi's Aida

From Norfolk to the Met: Tenor Frederick Ballentine

Frederick Ballentine grew up in Norfolk and attended the Governor's School for the Arts, where he fell in love with opera. This season, he made his debut at The Metropolitan Opera with the role of Sportin' Life in their new production of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. Frederick talks with Wayla about his memories of Governor's School, his advice for current students, and what it was like making that Met debut.

8 minFEB 1
Comments
From Norfolk to the Met: Tenor Frederick Ballentine

Opera Preview

Preview of Virginia Opera's "Cinderella" with Glenn Winters

--JAN 25
Comments
Opera Preview

Interview with Andrew Greene of the Peacherine Ragtime Orchestra

The Peacherine Ragtime Orchestra will perform in Kill Devil Hills on Saturday, January 25. Rebecca Evans interviewed Andrew Greene, the orchestra’s conductor and founder, about the performance.

7 minJAN 25
Comments
Interview with Andrew Greene of the Peacherine Ragtime Orchestra

Interview with guitarist Raphael Feuillatre

Wayla speaks with French guitarist Raphael Feuillatre, who was the First Prize Winner of the 2018 Guitar Foundation of America Competition and is currently on tour throughout North America. His recently released album on the Naxos label includes a wide range of styles and periods, encompassing both classic works for the guitar and transcriptions of works from composers such as Rameau, Rachmaninov, and Scriabin. He performs two concerts in the area this week, presented by the Tidewater Classical Guitar Society.

6 min2019 DEC 6
Comments
Interview with guitarist Raphael Feuillatre

Interview with Virginia Musical Theatre: A Grand Night for Singing

Virginia Musical Theatre presents the Rodgers and Hammerstein review "A Grand Night for Singing" the weekend of November 22. Rebecca Evans interviewed Director Lindsay Eure and performer Tyler Sodoma about their backgrounds, the arrangements in the show, and the moments they're most excited about.

5 min2019 NOV 16
Comments
Interview with Virginia Musical Theatre: A Grand Night for Singing

Interview with the Norfolk Chamber Consort: Traversing the Americas

The Norfolk Chamber Consort presents “Traversing the Americas” on Monday, November 11. Rebecca Evans interviewed Artistic Co-Directors Andrey Kasparov and Oksana Lutsyshyn about their involvement with the Consort and what to expect at Monday’s concert.

6 min2019 NOV 9
Comments
Interview with the Norfolk Chamber Consort: Traversing the Americas
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