Articles by Peter Solomon
This year the theme of the Virginia Folklife Area is “Youth Will Be Served.” Master practitioners and the young people that they’ve mentored will demonstrate their handywork and perform in the various musical folk traditions of Virginia.
For ten years the Virginia Folklife area has celebrated Virginia tradition bearers - craftsmen that specialize in building instruments and furniture and musicians that keep alive gospel, bluegrass and old-time music.
This year, instead of focusing on the preservation of folk traditions, the Virginia Folklife area will celebrate the youth that have embraced those tradition and made them their own. 88.9 WCVE producer Peter Solomon has more.
For more than thirty years, Toronto-based saxophonist and flautist Jane Bunnett has been studying, teaching and performing with Cuban musicians. She’s collaporated with both established legendary performers and young up-and-coming musicians. Her current band features fuve brilliant female Cuban musicians: Dayme Arocena, Magdelys Sevigne, Yissy Garcia, Danae Olano and Celia Jimenez.
For more than thirty years, Toronto-based saxophonist and flautist Jane Bunnett has been studying, teaching and performing with Cuban musicians. She's collaporated with both established legendary performers and young up-and-coming musicians. Her current band features fuve brilliant female Cuban musicians: Dayme Arocena, Magdelys Sevigne, Yissy Garcia, Danae Olano and Celia Jimenez.
Since podcasts first appeared a little over ten years ago, the number of podcast consumers has grown into the millions and the number of podcasts being produced has increased every week as well. Podcasts like Serial and 99 % Invisible have created a huge buzz and the medium is being taken more and more seriously by more traditional, entrenched content producers (like terrestrial radio).
During the Civil War, Chimborazo Hill was the site of one of the largest military hospitals in existence. There were more than 100 buildings and almost 4,000 patients during its busiest times. An upcoming National Park Service tour asks the question what became of Chimborazo after the war?
For details on the upcoming National Park Service Tour, go here.
Yom Hashoah - Holocaust Remembrance day - begins Wednesday evening. To mark the occasion, WCVE PBS will broadcast a Richmond Symphony Concert taped at the Carpenter Theater on January 27th, the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz.
If you are a jazz fan and you lived in Richmond in the 1990’s, you may recall seeing the master baritone saxophonist Glenn Wilson with his group “The Jazzmaniacs” at Bogart’s Back Room. Seeing one of Wilson’s gigs made you realize that there are indeed great jazz groups outside the confines of New York City or Washington, DC.
This week marks the 150th anniversary of the fall of Richmond. On April 4th, 1865, the day after the Union took control of the city, President Lincoln made an impromptu visit to see the fallen Confederate Capitol with his own eyes. 88.9 WCVE producer Peter Solomon says the planning for Lincoln’s visit was bad, the execution even worse.