Tamburitza refers to the traditional string music of the Balkans. The music is performed on specialized stringed instruments that were developed in the 19th century and based on more primitive folk instruments that existed in the region for hundreds of years.
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Claire Lynch is a three-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s “Female Vocalist of the Year” award. She’s sung backup for Dolly Parton and Ralph Stanley. She’s spent years working as a songwriter in Nashville and, since 2005, has led her own band which she’ll be bringing to the Richmond Folk Festival. WCVE’s Peter Solomon has more.
Sephardic Jews are those whose ancestors lived in Spain and Portugal until the late fifteenth century. Their rich language and cultural traditions blend Spanish and Hebrew influences.
“Napoleon: Power and Splendor” is a new exhibit at the VMFA that features more than two hundred works of art, including his throne and six foot high candlesticks, as well as regal portraits of the emperor and his court. The pieces reflect the trappings of wealth and reveal how Napoleon attempted to craft his public image. Peter Solomon has this report for Virginia Currents. WCVE’s Peter Solomon has more for Virginia Currents.
Charles Overton is a native Richmonder and a former member of the American Youth Harp Ensemble (now the Greenspring American Youth Harp Ensemble). He’s based in Boston, having graduated from Berklee College of Music and he maintains an active career playing jazz, classical, world music and just about anything else that he finds an interest in.
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Elizabeth Van Lew, the wealthy Richmond heiress who led one of the most successful Union spy rings of the Civil War. Her legacy has been interpreted through the works of journalists, historians and playwrights. Adding to the intrigue, is Mary Bowser, a woman enslaved by the Van Lew family, rumored to have carried out espionage in the Confederate White House. But as WCVE’s Peter Solomon reports for Virginia Currents, the truth of this story is elusive.
Over the last 25 years, Deanna Witkowski has made a career out of bringing jazz to the church. She approaches this synthesis in a variety of ways: sometimes composing original musical settings for ancient liturgical texts and sometimes taking familiar hymn melodies and creating arrangements with jazz rhythms and harmonies.