The Alleghany Highlands Arts Council has announced that season tickets are now on sale for its 2019-20 Performing Arts Series. 

“There are six outstanding programs under contract, and the season promises to be one of the best in recent memory,” said Tammy Scruggs-Duncan, executive director of the Alleghany Highlands Arts Council.

The Richmond Symphony will start things off with a rare afternoon performance beginning at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Historic Masonic Theatre. 

Renowned for six decades of musical excellence, this full symphony orchestra will present a classical program of works by Beethoven, Mozart, Schumann and Elgar. The audience is invited to take a break from the noise of the modern world to submerge themselves, however briefly in the timeless compositions of the masters.

As is the tradition, the Roanoke Symphony Holiday Pops will ring in the Yuletide season on Monday evening, Dec. 9, in the usual location at Curfman Hall in Covington High School. Curtain time is also the usual 7 p.m. 

Maestro David Wiley and the RSO will bring all the magical elements that the local audience has come to expect — glorious musicianship, familiar tunes, a group sing-a-long and exuberant warmth designed to ignite our holiday spirit.

Also returning by popular demand is the American Spiritual Ensemble on Tuesday, Jan. 28. Blending hope, joy, sorrow and faith, the ASE brings their tremendous sound back to Curfman Hall at Covington High School for another moving evening by embracing the unifying beauty of the Negro Spiritual. There will also be a special guest appearance by members of our local community choirs. Curtain time is 7 p.m.

The frigid cold of February will be broken by the intense athleticism, gravity defying acrobatics and soulful artistry of P.U.S.H. Physical Theatre. 

These masters of physical storytelling express as much of life’s joy, sorrow, tragedy and humor that can be physically translated through human movement. 

The event is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the Historic Masonic Theatre, beginning at 7 p.m.  Look for a few local faces on stage for this performance as well.

If Celtic music is your idea of a good time, you’ll love Celtics Angels, coming to the Historic Masonic Theatre on Wednesday, March 4, at 7 p.m. 

The arts council is expecting a sellout for this Irish celebration of music, dance and song. The audience will be enthralled by the angelic voices of the five bonnie lasses along with rigorously precise movement by their male counterparts, the Celtic Knight Dancers. 

Trinity Band Ensemble of Dublin rounds out the bill for an experience that will carry us to Ireland on wings of music.

This outstanding season will close Tuesday, April 14,  with another audience favorite who comes with a new sound. 

Broadway composer, writer and director/producer Neil Berg has presented numerous shows highlighting Broadway but he returns with a blockbuster of a different vein called “Neil Berg’s Fifty Years of Rock and Roll.” 

From the birth of this genre in the 1940s through its heyday years of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, all the way to the inception of MTV in the 80’s, this show uses fascinating stories and groundbreaking music to pay tribute to the iconic stars, groups and songs of what we call rock ‘n’ roll. The performance will be held at Covington High School at 7 p.m.

Season tickets are on sale now online at www.alleghanyarst4all.com. These tickets can also be purchased from any arts council board member. 

Those members are Mary Ann Beirne, Janice Campbell, Stephanie Clark, Josh Craft, Todd Dillon, Sandra Hardy, Erin Haynes, Cheri Kelley, Brenda Linkenhoker, Calvin McClinton, Sandra Minter, Steve Minter, Nancy Moga, Linda Morrison, Caleb Morrison, Kaitlyn Peters, John Reynolds, Lon Rollinson, Michelle Rucker, Tammy Scruggs-Duncan, David Wheeler, Carl Withrow  and Michelle Wright.

A season ticket good for admission to all events is $95 adult and $40 student with a family pass priced at $195. Each season ticket sold before Nov. 5 will include a bonus gift of two complimentary guest passes good for admission at any one event in the season. 

“This will encourage subscribers to share the gift of live performance by bringing along friends or family to enjoy the arts together,” said Scruggs-Duncan.

Board members are also accepting contributions to help further the mission of the organization. Along with individual and corporate donors, other funding for the 2019-20 Performing Arts Series is being provided by The Alleghany Foundation, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Foundation for Roanoke Valley, the city of Covington and the County of Alleghany along with the town of Clifton Forge.

For more information, to purchase season tickets or make a contribution, call the Alleghany Highlands Arts Council at 962-ARTS (2787) or visit their website www.alleghanyarts4all.com. Information is also disseminated via their fan page on Facebook.

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The Richmond Symphony will kick off the Alleghany Highlands Arts Council’s 2019-20 Performing Arts Series with a Saturday, Nov. 9, performance at the Historic Masonic Theatre in Clifton Forge, beginning at 3 p.m. (Photo Courtesy Alleghany Highlands Arts Council)