The Archduke Weekend Officially Kicks Off Garth Newel’s 2011 Concert Season

Warm Springs, VA – Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs is ready to kick off it’s 2011 concert season. The formal opening of the season is The Archduke Weekend, scheduled for April 29 through May 1. Dick Riley is Garth Newel’s Executive Director.

“The weekend is named for a particular piece of music that was written by Beethoven, the trio for piano, violin and cello in B Flat Major which has always been called the Arch Duke” says Riley. “Our audiences love that piece and they demand it every year and so we structure the entire Arch Duke around that as the center piece.”

Riley says that piece will be played on Sunday, May 1st. But the weekend actually begins on Friday, April 29th. Garth Newel has evolved from being a horse farm in the 1920’s to a Music Center in 1973 to hosting more than fifty concerts this season.

You’ll find the Center in a beautiful mountain setting just off Route 220, north of Warm Springs, VA. Garth Newel’s popular summer event, The Virginia Blues and Jazz Festival, is June 10th through the 12th.

“Some of the highlights this year, our Friday night concert will involve Chris Potter Underground” says Riley. “That’s a band that features saxophonist Chris Potter who has been called by more than one authority the premiere saxophonist of his generation. Saturday we start with the Burt Carlson quartet; next up is a world fusion band from Los Angeles called Tizer, third up is the Blues Harmonica Blowout, some of the absolute finest blues harmonica players. And our headliner is Duke Robillard, the guitarist who has won so many awards for his terrific blues guitar playing.”

For more information about Garth Newel Music Center call 540-839-5018 or visit garth newel dot org.

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Heather Niday

Heather is our Program Director and Traffic Manager. She started with Allegheny Mountain Radio as a volunteer deejay. She then joined the AMR staff in February of 2007. Heather grew up in the Richmond, Virginia, area and now lives in Arbovale, West Virginia with her husband Chuck. Heather is a wonderful flute player, and choir director for Arbovale UMC. You can hear Heather along with Chuck on Tuesday nights from 6 to 8pm as they host two hours of jazz on Something Different.

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