John Tracy – April 25

7:30 pm

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



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.

Claudius Crozet’s Railroad Tunnels Lecture – April 17

7:00 pm

Admission: FREE ($5 suggested donation)

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The lecture is sponsored by Jim Wilson.

Returning for the third time, members of the Clann Mhor Organization of researchers who are studying the history of the Blue Ridge Railroad in Central Virginia will give an update on their archaeology work on the Crozet Tunnel and other building of the railroad.  The monthly history lectures are a joint project of the Waynesboro Heritage Foundation and the Wayne Theatre Alliance and is supported by a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.  The lecture will be held at WTA’s Gateway, 329 West Main in downtown Waynesboro on Thursday, April 17.  Doors open at 6:30 pm and the lecture will start at 7:00 pm.

The lecture/slide show will detail the construction of the railroad tunnel through Afton Mountain, a 19th century engineering feat.  The labor force of Irish immigrants and slaves worked from both sides of the mountain using primitive tools to cut slowly through the solid rock.  Under the direction of Claudius Crozet the tunnel met almost perfectly in the middle, an accomplishment much heralded.  However, that success was not without cost, financial and human. The Clann Mhor lecture reveals the hardship and triumphs of those who struggled to bring the enterprise to completion.

There is no admission fee to the monthly history lectures, but donations of at least $5 are suggested.  The April 17 lecture will start at 7:00 pm at WTA’s Gateway at 329 W. Main St. downtown Waynesboro, VA.  Space is limited to the first 100 people.

River City Radio Hour – April 18

7:30 pm

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

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Fingers Tredwell and Frets Halligan

The Friday, April 18th River City Radio Hour will mark the first appearance of Frets & Fingers on the Radio Hour and another chapter of Basic City Boys.   Completing the monthly performance will be the Boogie Kings, Lorie Strother, The Dreaded Blues Lady, and Waynesboro’s First Lady of Laughter, Marsha Howard.  The performance will start at 7:30pm at WTA’s Gateway, 329 West Main Street, downtown Waynesboro.

Ukulele/bass/vocal duo, Frets & Fingers, from Maine, are coming to April Radio Hour to sing and play popular favorites from the twenties on.  They are Frets Halligan (aka Charlie Rancke) on ukulele and ‘Fingers’ Tredwell on bass. Frets once lived in Verona and Swoope and played with the bluegrass bands Hankey Mountain Express and Cloud Valley.

Lorie Strother, the Dreaded Blues Lady, will join the Boogie Kings once again in some soulful renderings of blues as only she can do.  Strother is also the host of WTA’s Gateway monthly Talent Night that brings new performers to the attention of Valley audiences.  She will host the finale of the Talent Nights with the eight finalists on Saturday, June 7, 2014.

Marsha Howard is anything but a newcomer to the Radio HourShe has been a regular on the show since its beginning.  Her treasure trove of jokes has been mined for their humor and their suitability for the Radio Hour audiences. “Many people stop me and offer me a joke for the Radio Hour.” she says.  “Sadly, many are not family-friendly, and since we want to appeal to all ages, I have to insure that my comedy is appropriate for children as well as adults.”

Since September 2013, the River City Radio Hour has had a delayed broadcast on WSVA (550 am) on the last Sunday of the month at 9 am.

Advance tickets for the April 18th River City Radio Hour are $10 and are available online at 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. Doors will open at 7:00 pm.  The show will last approximately 90 minutes with intermission.  WTA’s Gateway is located at 329 West Main in downtown Waynesboro.

Film: “A Band Called Death” – April 19

7:30 pm

Admission: FREE
($5 suggested donation)

WTA’s Gateway, 329 Main St., Downtown Waynesboro

Directed by Jeff Howlett & Mark Covino
Score by Sam Retzer

Jeff Howlett will have a Q & A session after the screening

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WTA’s Gateway will present the documentary film, A Band Called Death, by Waynesboro’s own: Jeff Howlett and Sam Retzer.  The film premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2012 and was well received by film critics. A Band Called Death is an American documentary film about the 1970s rock band Death and their new-found popularity decades after the group recorded their music.  This special screening will be on Saturday, April 19 at 7:30pm at 329 West Main Street in downtown Waynesboro.  The event is FREE and open to the public.  A $5 donation is suggested.

A Band Called Death is the story of three musician brothers, born to a Baptist preacher and his wife in 1950s Detroit. In their teenage years, the three brothers emerge as, first, a budding rock/funk band, and ultimately evolving into the punk band, Death. Influenced by music by Alice Cooper and The Who, the group was heavily-steered by the guidance and decisions of visionary eldest brother and guitarist, David Hackney. The story follows the brothers’ unsuccessful attempts to get radio airplay and a record deal, largely due to David’s adamant refusal to change the name from Death. An eventual trek east finds the boys in Burlington, Vermont, living with relatives and reflecting on the failure of David’s vision. The film explores post-Death projects in The 4th Movement, a gospel/rock band with the same line-up. However, after two years of being homesick, David returns to Detroit, leaving Dannis and Bobby to form a lively reggae band called Lambsbread. The film also focuses on the intense brotherly bond between the group members, and their personal lives, including David Hackney’s battle with alcoholism, his death in 2000 and his family members’ reactions to these events. The film follows the re-discovery of the group through record collectors leading to an eventual release of Death’s album …For the Whole World to See by the Drag City record label and the group’s eventual reunion and touring with a new guitarist.

The evening is sponsored by Steve and Sara Howlett.

Admission is free to the Saturday, April 19th event.  A $5 donation is suggested.  Doors will open at 7:00pm at WTA’s Gateway located at 329 West Main Street, downtown Waynesboro.  The film will start at 7:30 pm.  Seating is limited.

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.