John Tracy – April 25

7:30 pm

Tickets: $10 (in advance)  |  $12 (at the door)

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John Tracy returns to WTA’s Gateway accompanied by the musical talents of Richard Adams.  John invites the audience on a musical journey to discover the true treasures in life. Not only will he move your feet with his delightful melodies, but he will move your spirit with his infectious passion for life.  The performance is scheduled for 7:30 pm on Friday, April 25 at 329 West Main Street in downtown Waynesboro.

After his last performance at the Gateway, Clair Myers had this to say about him:  “John is an exceptional musician. His original pieces are hallmarked by lyrics that move the audience. The complexity of his compositions and his skill in playing them create a sound that is marvelous to hear. As a singer, he projects a warmth and energy on stage that is infectious. When all of this is combined in one performer, you have an exceptional musical event.”

John Tracy’s music is for real people living real life. It is born of a desire to be transparent and share his experiences in life through his lyrics. John has been perfecting his skill on the acoustic guitar since the age of sixteen and pours his expertise as a lyricist into each word.  Through his introspective and resonating lyrics, he encourages his audience to focus on the people and relationships that are most important. His music implores society to cherish those relationships which build a positive and lasting legacy.  Grateful to have received recognition for his songwriting from various national and international organizations, John is celebrating the release of his fourth CD titled “I’ve Got To Find Myself”.

Opening the show for John will be Talent Night winner Sue Harlow. Make your plans now to join us with family and friends for an enchanting evening that will not only entertain you, but leave you moved and inspired.

Advance tickets for John Tracy’s performance are $10 and are available online or by calling the box office (540-943-9999).  Remaining tickets will be available at the door on the evening of the performances for $12. WTA’s Gateway box office opens thirty minutes prior to the performance start time.  Seating is limited so advanced reservations are suggested.  The April 25th performance will start at 7:30 pm at WTA’s Gateway at 329 W. Main St. downtown Waynesboro, VA.

Kathy Kosins – April 26

8:00 pm

Tickets: $10 (in advance)  |  $12 (at the door)

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“Live by Request”

Vocalist Kathy Kosins is an ASCAP award winning songwriter, record producer and recognized modern abstractionist painter.  Her evening is called “Live by Request” with the audience’s favorites as the line-up.  This once in a lifetime performance will be on Saturday, April 26 at 8:00pm at WTA’s Gateway, 329 West Main Street in downtown Waynesboro.

Kathy has won the hearts of critics and fans around the globe with her eclectic musical palette that expands the rich history of jazz. Born and bred during the Motown era of Detroit, she began singing and arranging background vocals for producer Don Was in the early eighties, which led to her becoming one of the most sought after session singers. As a lead vocalist she recorded for both Carrere (Sony) and Quality Records and later toured with Was/Not Was.

In the early “90s, Kosins, a ferocious writer and arranger, fell in love with the freedom of the jazz art form and her writing naturally evolved into a more traditional approach. Stints with the JC Heard and Nelson Riddle Orchestras followed and led to a 1996 release of “All In A Dreams Work”.  Always a pioneer, Kosins decided to take a different approach in 2010 by releasing singles quarterly under the new Mahogany Digital label, rather than an entire CD every few years.

When not touring the USA or Europe, Kathy excels as a painter. Her abstract acrylics on canvas are influenced by the cubist paintings of the “50s. Commissioned paintings are held in private collections and Kosins continues to sell her work at both gallery shows and concert performances. She also is known to paint as a multimedia artist from the stage during various performances.

The evening is sponsored by the Custin Jazz Series and G.E. Foundation.

Advance tickets for the April 26 performance with Kathy Kosins are $10 and are available online or by calling the box office (540-943-9999).  Remaining tickets will be available at the door on the evening of the performance for $12. WTA’s Gateway box office opens thirty minutes prior to the performance start time.  Seating is limited so advanced reservations are suggested.  The April 26 performance will start at 8:00 pm at WTA’s Gateway, 329 W. Main St. downtown Waynesboro, VA.

Open Mic Talent Night – May 1

7:00 pm

Admission: FREE

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Open Mic Talent Night Final Round

 WTA’s Gateway will host the eight and final round of the Open Mic Talent Night Competition on Thursday, May 1st at 7:00 pm.  The prize for the winner will be a $50 cash prize and a chance to participate in the grand finale competition, “Talent of the Year”, in June.  The winner of the June competition will receive a cash prize, a gig at a WTA-produced event, and a professional promotional video created for them by the Augusta Free Press.  WTA’s Gateway is located at 329 West Main Street in downtown Waynesboro.  Don’t miss this last opportunity win and be a part of the grand finale.

The competition is open to a full range of performing arts: musical, comedy, poetry, magic, etc. “We have a wealth of musical talent in the area, but we are also blessed with performers who have skills in other genres.  The Talent Night Competition is a place for them as well.” said host, Lorie Strother.

The lineup is determined by drawing names.  Each act will have 10 minutes on the Gateway stage.   The Open Mic Talent Night audience will select the winning performer or performing group by casting their ballot at the end of the performance.  Everyone who contributes $1 or more gets a ballot and an opportunity to select the evenings winning talent.  Performers are asked to arrive as close to 7 pm as possible to register for one of the ten performance slots.

The Open Mic Talent Night is free although donations are gratefully accepted.  The performance begins at 7 pm on May 1st at WTA’s Gateway at 329 West Main in downtown Waynesboro.

Richard Adams Variety Show – May 2

7:30 pm

Tickets: $10 (in advance)  |$12 (at the door)

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Music, theatre and show biz will tap off the Friday, May 2nd Richard Adams Variety Show at 7:30 pm at WTA’s Gateway, 329 West Main in downtown Waynesboro.

William “88 Fingers” Hayes, the renowned pianist for the Boogie Kings will be Richard’s main act. William, known for his dazzling keyboard and singing skills will give you a mix of country, rock and ragtime.  Also singing on the show will be high school singing and acting sensation Chelsie Burks. Den Frumen, the singer, poet, songwriter and professional whistler will come back to the Gateway stage. Rosemarie Harper, a regular on the show, will continue the Rosemarie Monologues and to quote Adams, “I have absolutely no idea what Rosemarie will do.”  The regular audience participation acts and the one, the only Bill Martin will top off the show. There are only two shows left counting this one until the Gateway goes black in anticipation of the opening of the Wayne Theatre. Don’t be the person saying. “I wish I’d seen the Richard Adams Variety Show in the Gateway. Boy those were the good ole days.”

Once again Richard and his co-host Bill Martin will encourage the audience to take part in Richard’s segments that highlight the audience’s special talents.

The Richard Adams Variety Show is sponsored by the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge.

Advance tickets for Richard Adams Variety Show are $10 and are available online or by calling the box office (540-943-9999).  Remaining tickets will be available at the door on the evening of the performance for $12. Doors will open at 7:00 pm.  The May 2 performance will start at 7:30 pm at WTA’s Gateway at 329 W. Main St. downtown Waynesboro, VA.

Heifetz on Tour – April 30

7:00 pm

Admission: FREE ($5 suggested donation)

Venue: Main Street Methodist Church, downtown Waynesboro

 

Heifetz on Tour is delighted to announce a performance in Waynesboro on Wednesday, April 30th at the historic United Methodist Church on West Main Street. This is a joint presentation by the Heifetz International Music Institute and the Wayne Theatre Alliance.

Main Street United Methodist Church is an institution in Waynesboro with a history that can be traced over 180 years. Its congregation relocated to the current location in 1874.  The church will be the perfect acoustic setting for the Heifetz on Tour performance.

The performance will begin at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, April 30th, with the doors opening at 6:30.  It is a “pay what you will” performance with the proceeds benefitting the Institute’s Scholarship Fund and the Wayne Theatre Alliance.

Dmitry VolkovVirtuosos performing are Dmitry Volkov (cello), Stefan Petrov (piano), and Kathy Kang (violin) offering an evening of masterful performances by composers including George Gershwin and Franz Waxman—all delivered with the signature Heifetz audience engagement.

Cellist Dmitry Volkov is one of the most exciting young talents to emerge from Russia today.  First-Prize winner of the prestigious Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition, the Heifetz International Music Institute Concerto Competition, and the Yale Gordon Concerto Competition, Mr. Volkov was born in Togliatti, Russia and graduated from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow.  He went on to receive his Artist Diploma at Baltimore’s Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with the great Israeli cellist Amit Peled. He is currently the Heifetz International Music Institute’s Artist-in-Residence at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia.  Dmitry Volkov plays an Italian cello made by Arist Cavalli in 1923.

Stefan PetrovDistinguished by his insightful interpretations and musical versatility, Bulgarian pianist Stefan Petrov performs regularly as a soloist and collaborative pianist in Europe and North America. His recitals have been broadcast on TV and radio stations across Eastern Europe, the United States, and Canada. In addition, his strong interest in modern music has compelled him to actively collaborate with contemporary music performers and composers. He has had the opportunity to work with renowned musicians including Eric Heidsieck, Vladimir Feltsman, Ellen Mack and Pamela Frank. Mr. Petrov performs regularly with Israeli cellist Amit Peled. Stefan Petrov is currently the Acting Artistic Coordinator for the Heifetz Institute.

Kathy Kang has performed as a soloist with leading orchestras at Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Grieg Hall in Bergen as well as the Philharmonic halls in Essen, Cologne, Berlin, Hamburg, and Munich. An alumna of the Heifetz Institute, Ms. Kang is visiting from the Manhatten School for Music. Ms. Kang plays on a Guarneri model of Jean Baptiste Vuillaume (Paris, 1864).

Kathy KangThe Heifetz International Music Institute, located at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia, is dedicated to providing a unique and challenging summer program for violin, viola, and cello students from all over the world. Now entering its nineteenth season, the Institute’s curriculum is based on the concept that students can perform beyond the limits of mere technical agility and are capable of transforming the classical music experience for both themselves and their audience.

Many of the Institute’s students have won the world’s top music competitions.  The Institute’s Faculty represents major American music conservatories such as The Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, Peabody Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and Eastman School of Music, in addition to those of England, Germany, Netherlands, France, Israel and China. Such is the Institute’s reputation that it has been described by Wayne Brown, the former Head of Music and Opera for the National Endowment for the Arts, as “the most important thing happening in the music world today.”

Wayne Theatre Alliance is the non-profit organization spearheading the journey of making the Wayne Theatre not just a movie house, but a center for entertainment and conferences. The mission of the Wayne Theatre Alliance is to promote the economic vitality, educational opportunities and cultural life of Waynesboro and the adjacent region through the preservation and operation of the Wayne Theatre as a performing arts/conference center.

Dale Jett & Hello Stranger – May 17

8:00 pm

Tickets: $10 (in advance)  |  $12 (at the door)

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Singer and musician, Dale Jett is a native of Southwest Virginia. He is a third generation member of the legendary Carter Family. The son of Janette Carter and grandson of A.P. and Sara Carter, his roots have been heavily steeped within the heart of his family’s musical heritage. Growing up within the Carter Family, Dale has been influenced by many musicians and styles of music.

He began playing guitar in his late teens when Elizabeth Cotten taught him his first chords – left handed, upside down. Later, he added his own style of Autoharp playing to his repertoire. But, it is ultimately his voice that arrests you. It is powerful and compelling, yet at the same time, delicate and haunting.

Like his grandfather, Dale is a “collector” of songs. His dedication to the preservation of traditional music, the love of Carter Family songs, and his admiration of other songwriters are evident in his performances. His performances and recordings encompass a unique combination of traditional songs blended with a mix of others that extend the boundaries of conventional country. Whether playing an original tune, or that of others, “Hello Stranger’s” music will ring true to the soul.

Dale helped emcee and the trio performed at the Carter Family Fold for many years. Their group, “Hello Stranger”, features Dale as he carries on the Carter Family tradition. Teresa Jett plays bass, and Oscar Harris plays guitar, mandolin and autoharp. They have appeared on Mountain Stage, The Marty Stuart Show, The Grand Ol Opry, and other TV and radio shows. They have also performed at festivals, concerts, colleges, workshops, private gatherings, etc. around the country and in Canada.