Highland County Arts Council Presents

2018-2019 Concert Series

Friday, February 15th at 7:00 p.m. “Hooray for Love!” 

with Lewis Freeman, baritone, and Elizabeth Kluegel, soprano

Lewis Freeman, baritone

Elizabeth Kluegel, soprano
What’s love got to do with it?  Everything!  Jump start your romantic Valentine’s weekend with an evening of love songs performed by renowned vocalists, Lewis Freeman and Elizabeth Kluegel.  Featuring songs from Opera, The American Songbook, Leonard Bernstein, and Stephen Sondheim, this performance is sure to warm your heart.
Lewis Freeman, baritone, has performed in over 70 roles in opera and theatre. He has soloed with the Washington National Opera, National Symphony Mozart Weekend, Columbus (OH) Symphony, Washington Bach Consort, Cathedral Choral Society, IN Series, Greenville (SC) Symphony Orchestra, and Detmolder Jugendorchester of Detmold, Germany.  His operatic roles have included Don Pasquale, Germont, Don Bartolo and Mikado.  As an actor he is an Associate Artist with Constellation Theatre of Washington.  Lew teaches voice privately.
Elizabeth Kluegel, soprano, has sung with the National Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Opera, Kennedy Center Orchestra, Ravinia Festival in Chicago, Dayton Opera, Monadnock Music Festival in Vermont, Reinzanaka Recital Series in Tokyo, IBIS Chamber Music Society and Master Chorale of Washington.  A graduate of Indiana University, she was a National Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions.  Elizabeth is Director of Music at Rock Spring United Church of Christ in Arlington. She maintains a private voice studio in Arlington and Alexandria.
Edward Roberts, piano, is an active vocal accompanist and coach in the Washington area. He has conducted operas for companies in the Boston and Washington areas and was on the faculty of the Boston Conservatory of Music.  Performance venues as pianist and conductor include the Kennedy Center, Lisner Auditorium, Strathmore Hall, and the Barns of Wolf Trap.  Ed is the Assistant Music Director and Organist at Rock Spring Church.
Saturday, March 9th at 3:00 p.m. Tyler Hughes
Tyler Hughes
Tyler Hughes hails from Big Stone Gap, Virginia, where he began learning the traditions of mountain music at age 12.  A singer and multi-instrumentalist (clawhammer banjo, autoharp, guitar, dulcimer), Tyler brings new life to country music’s old time and classic repertoire, following influential artists like The Carter Family, Little Jimmy Dickens, and Dock Boggs, just to name a few.  Tyler makes Appalachian humor and storytelling an important part of his performances and in addition to his rapport with audiences, Tyler is an accomplished square dance caller and an award-winning flat foot dancer.  He graduated from East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies in 2015.  He has performed on program series like NPR’s Mountain Stage, Music City Roots, and Jazz at the Lincoln Center. His music has been featured by PBS and The Bluegrass Situation.
Saturday, March 16th at 3:00 p.m. Wayne Henderson and Helen White

Wayne Henderson and Helen White
After a spectacular performance at The Highland Center last year, Wayne Henderson and Helen White return March 16th for a special concert during the Maple Festival.
Wayne Henderson is a National Heritage Award recipient honored for his craftsmanship as a luthier and his renowned finger-style Appalachian guitar playing. His instruments are coveted worldwide and he sports a long waiting list for his guitars, mandolins, and banjos. Sponsored through the National Council for Traditional Arts, the Smithsonian Institute, Office of Arts America, European World of Bluegrass, Chet Atkins International Appreciation Society and numerous individual venues, Wayne has toured broadly in the U.S., Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. His lightening fast, articulate playing style was influenced by Doc Watson and EC Ball, both close friends and neighbors in this musically rich corner where Southwest Virginia meets Northwest North Carolina. His repertoire includes Appalachian fiddle tunes, Carter Family melodies and a few swing and rockabilly standards. He has won more awards at the Galax Fiddlers Convention than any other competitor in its seventy-seven year history.
A singer, fiddler, guitarist and tunesmith, Helen White has toured extensively with Wayne in the U.S. and Europe. Her compositions include works for theater and video projects as well as a Booklist honored recording of original songs for children. Helen is the founder and served as director of the Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program at the local and regional level for 15 years, beginning with program inception in February of 2000. This renowned program now serves students in 40 mountain counties in Virginia, North Carolina,  South Carolina  and Tennessee introducing them to their musical heritage through small group instruction in the instruments and music common to the region.
Saturday, April 13th at 7:00 p.m.  After Jack  
After Jack
After Jack is a musical celebration of togetherness.  Named 2014 Americana Vocal Group of the Year by the Appalachian Cultural Music Association, the trio couples a modern sensibility with distinctly old-time energy to blend bluegrass, gospel and folk elements.  Combine your most beloved musical memories with a foot-stomping string band and top it off with harmonies that spring straight from the soul of the mountains, and you’ve got After Jack.
Emily, Mary and Rachel met while working as performers in a professional theatre company. In forming the band, they realized they were merging three unique musical perspectives. Though often labeled “Americana,” their sound, ability to reach the heart of an audience, and the incredible joy that they bring to the stage cannot be adequately captured by one word.
Saturday, May 11th at 7:00 p.m. Bobby Black Hat

Bobby “BlackHat” Walters
Bobby BlackHat brings together the finest blues musicians in Hampton Roads to perform classic, modern, as well as original blues tunes that will keep your toes tappin’ and your hips shakin all night long!
Bobby “BlackHat” Walters, recording artist, harmonica player, vocalist,  songwriter and actor hails from Cleveland, Ohio and has been playing harp for over 40 years.  Bobby is a retired U.S. Coast Guard Commander with 27 years of distinguished service which included serving as Military Aide to the President and being awarded the Coast Guard Medal for Heroism.
Bobby has had the honor of opening for Blues Legends B.B King, Taj Mahal, and Steady Rollin Bob Margolin.  Bobby has shared the stage with Kenny Neal, Lil Ray Neal, Jackie Scott, Bill Deal and the Rhondels, Jason Ricci, Eddie Shaw, Daryl Davis, Ruthie Foster, Sherman Robertson, Slam Allen, Tas Cru,  and Memphis Gold.
Saturday, June 15th at 7:00 p.m. Crooked Road on Tour

Carl Jones and
Erynn Marshall
Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones are old-time musicians and inspired tunesmiths from Galax, Virginia.  They are married – in life and music.  Southern song-duets and powerful fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo tunes comprise their diverse sets. Erynn and Carl play with spontaneity and vitality.  While rooted in the traditional sounds of older players, this duo stays true to their own muse by composing new, tradition-rooted music.  Carl’s song, Last Time on the Road was featured on the grammy-award winning album “Unleashed” by the Nashville Bluegrass Band.  They have won many awards for their playing including Erynn’s 1st place fiddle win at Clifftop and Carl’s 3rd place fingerpicking-guitar win at Winfield – both premier festivals in the United States.  They have 15 recordings between them including their duet CD Sweet Memories Never Leave.  Erynn and Carl have recently toured in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and China.

All concerts will be held at The Highland Center, 61 Highland Center Drive, just off Spruce Street, in Monterey, Virginia.  Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 15-18, and free for children under 15.  Tickets are available at the door the day of the concert.