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More than Three Good Reasons

It was a recipe for magic. At the Castleton Theatre House on the last Friday in September, Paul Reisler gathered together Three Good Reasons (his current ensemble), added the aromatic vocal flavor of Sweet Honey in the Rock alumnus Ysaye M. Barnwell, sprinkled in the tasty spice of Cheryl Toth and served it with grace, humor and heart to an audience of aspiring songwriters and Castleton patrons. […]

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Hallberg set to make beautiful music at Sperryville dulcimer museum

Hallberg, 53, of Jenkins Hollow in Sperryville, had never played the dulcimer before then, but easily got hooked. He’s never taken lessons, but says the dulcimer is easy to learn to play and he’s learned to play by ear. Twenty years later he owns what he calls one of the world’s best collections of Appalachian dulcimers, numbering more than 60 instruments. […]

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Reisler writes new musical as VCCA Fellow

The Talented Clementine is a brand-new, fully staged musical that Reisler is adapting from Sara Pennypacker’s award-winning children’s book by the same name. The story follows the misadventures of Clementine, a loveable third grader, as she struggles to discover her talent in time for the school talent show. […]

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Ringing in the Fourth

Defying a heat index approaching 100 degrees, several hundred county residents and visitors brought picnic baskets and blankets to the lawn of Washington’s Avon Hall, on Sunday evening, to witness retired U.S. Marine Col. John Bourgeois lead his orchestra of current and former military musicians in an “All-American” salute to 1776. […]

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A concert to remember

Rappahannock-based Kid Pan Alley songwriters Paul Reisler and Cheryl Toth wrote and composed songs with the young high school band members. The accomplished, Col. John Bourgeois, the former conductor of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, stepped in and arranged the music for the band. […]

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Bluegrass superstars to Rappahannock

The Gibson Brothers’ are performing this Saturday and their title song of their latest album, “In the Ground,” speaks to the end of the family farming era, when men and women could support themselves and their families on the acreage around them. […]

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Bluemont Concert Series ends its programs

Effective January 1, 2018, the Bluemont Board of Directors has with great reluctance released our award winning Executive Director, Lily Dunning Widman and her staff. The Board greatly appreciates Ms. Widman’s outstanding professional service and we wish her much success in her future endeavors. […]

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‘One Little Song Can Change the World’

Children and adults alike will find themselves listening intently to every word of Kid Pan Alley’s new album, “One Little Song Can Change the World.” Each of this unique album’s 10 songs, written exclusively by children, delivers a much-needed lesson about bullying and respect […]

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Bach to blues to . . . Bill Harris 

The fifth video in the Artists of Rappahannock series is different from the rest — for one, it’s a profile of a musician rather than visual artist: renowned jazz pianist Bill Harris, who shares a historic home in Flint Hill with his wife, Stella Liong, Rappahannock’s only resident dentist. […]

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Washington column for Sept. 7

As he does each birthday, the Louisiana-born Bourgeois, who resides in Tiger Valley, hosted an outdoor luncheon last Thursday featuring genuine Cajun food — which he himself spends days preparing — for dozens of his Rappahannock friends. […]