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Jerry Margolis – submitted

At the start of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra season finale for its classical music series late last month, an original, 2-minute composition called “Ukraine Lives,” was played for the Berglund Center audience. David Stewart Wiley talks more about that with WFIR’s Gene Marrano, “In Depth.”

Hear the complete, 2 minute composition Ukraine Lives by Jerry Margolis:




The Budweiser Summer Series returns to Downtown Roanoke’s Elmwood Park with our second show announcement of the season. We’re excited to welcome Brett Eldredge on August 19th. General Admission tickets to see Brett Eldredge are $39 and go on sale May 20th at 10:00am through ticketing agent, Brown Paper Tickets. Full details and ticketing link can be found at

In a genre defined by the credo “three chords and the truth,” Brett Eldredge is about to set a new bar with his forthcoming album, Songs About You, due June 17. Candid in its approach and backed by an uncluttered, minimalistic soundscape, each of the 12 co-written songs finds the Warner Music Nashville artist getting raw and unfiltered in a way rarely attempted in country music – or anywhere else. The LP shines a light on themes like fear and desire, a public struggle with anxiety and his newfound appreciation for self-acceptance. And yet, despite the understated arrangements and live horns, the album’s defining characteristic is still Eldredge’s cavernous, signature vocal. The title track and single “Songs About You” was the most added song at radio upon release and along with previously released tracks “Holy Water” and “Want That Back,” give fans a taste of what’s to come from the new album.

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Dr. Pepper Park has announced that the Blues Traveler concert previously scheduled for Thursday, May 12th , is being postponed to a later date. Unfortunately, due to illness, tomorrow night’s show is cancelled, and will be rescheduled for a later date. Hold on to your tickets and they will be honored for the rescheduled show. Refunds will also be available once a new date is confirmed. Details on the reschedule will be announced as soon as possible via our socials, email blasts and ticketing system.

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Call it a real “Power Lunch” – more than 250 of the region’s top female leaders, professionals and philanthropists turned out for the 17th Annual Women’s Luncheon at the Taubman Museum of Art today. Regine Archer – matriarch of the Blue Ridge Beverage Company – received the Ann Fralin Award, which annually recognizes a local woman for commitment to the arts, education and quality of life. Roanoke City Public Schools superintendent Verletta White was presented the Sheila S. Strauss Art Venture Award for outstanding leadership in arts education:


Opera Roanoke’s season finale is coming up this Friday night and Sunday afternoon, when Giuseppe Verdi’s “Requiem,” is on stage at Jefferson Center. Artistic director Steven White will conduct the musicians and singers, including the Opera Roanoke Chorus. This “Requiem” will also honor and remember those lost during the pandemic, as WFIR’s Gene Marrano explains “In Depth”:

The NCAA announced the field for the 2022 NCAA DIII Women’s Lacrosse National Championship tournament on Monday morning. Just as the Roanoke men experienced last night, the Roanoke women would hear their name called as an at-large selection into the Championships.

Roanoke College will make the trip to Gettysburg (Pa.) to begin play in the 48-team tournament this Saturday, May 14. The Maroons wrapped up the 2022 ODAC Tournament with a finals loss to Washington and Lee yesterday and go into the NCAA’s with a 15-4 overall record. Each of the Maroon’s losses this season were to teams that would earn a berth into the 2022 NCAA DIII Tournament, W&L (2x), York, and Catholic. Roanoke will begin the trek to try to get back to Kerr Stadium for the NCAA DIII Final Four in late May with a matchup against the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) Champion, Bryn Athyn. The Maroons will play the Lions on Saturday (time TBA) with the winner facing Gettysburg on Sunday afternoon.

Bryn Athyn comes into the matchup with Roanoke off a season that would see them win the CSAC Championship, 15-7 over the College of Notre Dame (Md.), while completing the season with an 11-2 overall record.

From Roanoke College Athletics: The NCAA announced the field for the 2022 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse National Championship Tournament last night. The Roanoke College men’s lacrosse team was named as one of the at-large invitees to the 38-team tournament.

The Maroons finished the season with a 13-6 overall record, 8-2 in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) play. They were defeated in the ODAC semifinals by the eventual champion Lynchburg and along with the Hornets and Washington and Lee would be one of three ODAC teams to make the field. Roanoke will begin tournament play on Saturday, May 14, in Carlisle, Pa. when they take on Centennial Conference runner-up Gettysburg. The Bullets, ranked #18 in the country, fell to host Dickinson College, 10-9, in overtime of their conference championship game.

Roanoke will face Gettysburg, renewing a series that sees the Maroons with a 6-5 mark. Each of the last three meetings came in the national playoffs, all won by RC with the most recent coming in the 2011 championships.

Roanoke will travel to Dickinson College over the weekend to face Gettysburg at 3:00pm on Saturday with the winner advancing to the round of 16 matchup scheduled for Sunday, May 15th in Carlisle.

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