Virginia's Blue Ridge Music Festival in Floyd kicked off this afternoon. Artists with different backgrounds, different experiences, different skills, have come together as one.
Roanoke Symphony Orchestra director David Stewart Wiley will lead 56 musicians in 10 performances as part of Virginia's Blue Ridge Music Festival.
"I feel really fortunate to be working with a great board of directors here with our musicians for our inaugural festival," artistic director and conductor David Stewart Wiley said.
Half of the orchestra is rising young artists called The Fellows, paired with experienced professional musicians called The Faculty. Together, they make beautiful music.
"The big goal is to motivate these students for the future years so that they can come back and be on faculty in ten years. I think that's the big goal. The small goal is just putting on really good concerts,” academic faculty Elise Blake said.
Academic fellow Dakota Corbliss said, "Sitting down with actual professionals that do it in the real world and see what they go through every day to prepare for concerts, it's a blast
The orchestra will play on the EcoVillage pavilion Saturday night. It's just one of the many places they'll perform throughout Floyd next week.
"This I think is going to make Floyd and our surrounding areas even more of a destination with all the other amazing things going on in the arts here in Floyd County,” Wiley said.
World class classical music will be heard throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains for the next nine days.
For more information about the festival, go to virginiasblueridgemusicfestival.com.