Live radio in town, ‘Aesop’ in Castleton

Ben Jones

Two events this weekend of note, should you be looking for escapes from the cold.

The first comes to us from from Ben “Cooter” Jones, who sent the following:

This Friday night at 7p.m., “Uncle Buster’s Homemade Medicine Show,” a “pilot” radio show, will be taped at the Theatre in Washington. The program will feature Rappahannock’s own Gold Top Ramblers, along with jazz guitarist Mike Harrington of Amissville, singer/songwriter Ben Mason of Rappnet fame, folk singers Don and Martha DePoy from over the mountain, the great Garage Band featuring Lisa Meadows, and the Scrabble Repertory Theatre, including the famed thespian Mike Mahoney and the beautiful and talented Miss Alma Viator, the Meryl Streep of Harris Hollow.

(A note: Because of the passing of Stella Liong’s dad, Bill Harris will not be here for the show. If you don’t know, Bill is a world-class jazz pianist who lives in Flint Hill. But Bill has arranged for another fine jazz pianist, Victor Prudovsky, to join us.)

The audience will be led in the playing of “Stars and Stripes Forever” by Col. John Bourgeois, legendary conductor of the United States Marine Band. The audience will be issued kazoos for this momentous occasion. Or you can bring your own instrument . . .
We may have another surprise or two. Stay tuned, music lovers.

— Ben Jones

Aesop’s Fables rescheduled
“Aesop’s Fables for Orchestra and Narrator,” composed by Art Wheeler and Kid Pan Alley’s Paul Reisler, premiered in January at Charlottesville’s Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center, but the Jan. 30-31 performances at Lorin Maazel’s Chateauville Foundation Theatre House in Castleton had to be rescheduled due to snow. They are now Sunday, Feb. 28, at 3 and 6 p.m. While the afternoon performance is close to being sold out, there are still tickets available for the 6 p.m. performance at or call (540) 937-4969.

Fables features a libretto by Tom Paxton, one of America’s best loved storytellers and singers along with Paul Reisler. Sergei Prokofiev’s masterpiece “Peter and the Wolf” opens the program.

The narrators for the concert will be Dietlinde Turban Maazel and Ted Pugh.

The concert features the Charlottesville High School String Ensemble, joined by some of the region’s top professional musicians (including Kid Pan Alley band members John D’earth and Mark Maynard) on winds, brass and percussion for the performances under the direction of Laura Mulligan Thomas.

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