A weekend of music at the Highland Center will begin on December 8th with a 3 p.m. concert by the nationally recognized country-music duo, Wilson Fairchild. A line from their song Country One sums up their commitment: “We love country music and we’ll never let it die.” The Highland County Arts Council performance will let them display that dedication in a special Christmas show.
The duo consists of Wil and Langdon Reid. As sons of two of the legendary Statler Brothers, the cousins have been writing music and performing together their whole lives. Their songwriting spans the whole gamut of styles from country to bluegrass to gospel. Bluegrass Today describes a Wilson Fairchild concert as “much more than music; it is an experience. . . One thing for sure these guys know how to entertain.”
In July of this year, Wil and Langdon Reid revived the traditional 4th of July Concert began by the Statler Brothers. Literally thousands of people came to Staunton to hear their music and enjoy their performance. One reviewer said, “Once you hear their music you are a fan. Once you see them in concert, you are a bigger fan.” Now Highland County will have the opportunity to celebrate Christmas with the duo and become their fan.
Jason Canze, President of the Arts Council, noted “We are so fortunate to have these outstanding Country artists in our midst. It is only because of the support of the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge and a generous anonymous donor that we can bring this caliber performance to the Highland Center at a fraction of the cost generally associated with a performance of this level.”
On the following day, December 9th, Heifetz On Tour will bring a concert of classical music and holiday delights. This special program features an all-star cast of 2018 Heifetz alumni, including violinists Kiarra Saito-Beckman and Danny Jin, violist Andrew Gonzalez, and cellist Zhihao Wu, joined by special guest guitarist Robby Brown, in a holiday-infused program of Baroque favorites, classical masterworks and music for the season. Special guest artist Virginia Bolena of Staunton’s Trinity Episcopal Church will also be on hand to perform Handel’s delightful Organ Concerto in B-flat as part of the festive proceedings. The entire concert will be one of Baroque favorites, timeless classics, and Yuletide delights. . . including Vivaldi’s infectious Guitar Concerto in D major, the rollicking Fandango by Luigi Boccherini, selections from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite.” and more. You won’t want to miss the dazzling virtuosity and poignant passion of these young Heifetz performers.
The Saturday and Sunday December 8th and 9th concerts will be at 3 p.m. The fee for each is $10 for adults and $5 for students 15 to 18. Children are free. Admission to see the performances can be paid at the door the afternoon of the performance and doors will be open 45 minutes before the show.