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The Radio Hour goes classical


In honor of its September guest, Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra, The Radio Hour will take a classical turn. The Symphony will be represented at the two performances by Charles Salembier, president of the Symphony’s Board of Directors. He will present the door prizes for the Friday, Sept. 17 performances: tickets to the Symphony’s Rhapsoday for America concert on Friday, Oct. 29 at the Paramount Theatre in Charlottesville.

In keeping with the classical flavor of the September Radio Hour, Sonjay Dillard, violinist, and Chris Bono, pianist, will share the stage with the Radio Hour’s studio band, The Boogie Kings. Sonja Dillard is a graduate of the Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester. She holds a bachelor and master’s degree in music. She is currently a teacher of stringed instruments at Staunton Music and plays professionally throughout Virginia. Chris Bono is a keyboard artist and organ builder. He is a graduate of Bridgewater College. Together they will bring a new dimension to The Radio Hour.

Also on the program is the classic folksinger, Duffy. A frequent performer on the Radio Hour, Duffy writes and plays in the classical folk style. His unique perspective on the world gives his songs a special insight.

The Boogie Kings under the leadership of Richard Adams will lend their own classics to the September musical offerings. With William Hayes on keyboard and J. T. Fauber on percussion, the Boogie Kings will open the way to an evening of music and comedy.

Gracing the Radio Hour will be The Queen of Comedy, Marsha Howard. This will be Howard’s last performance before she takes a hiatus from her comedy performances. She will return in December as part of the holiday special, The Radio Hour Remembers Christmas, Dec. 9, 10, 11 and 12 at Fairfax Hall.

September will premiere the new serial The Retired Detectives’ Roundtable and the Case of King Solomon’s Dagger by Kathy Johnson. She is the creator of Murder Is a Game. Since 1988, she has been writing, producing and performing original mystery scripts throughout Michigan, the Midwest and Virginia. Known by many as the “murder lady,” Johnson produces custom mysteries for businesses, individuals, organizations and Chambers of Commerce. This is her first excursion into the classic format of the radio serial.

In chapter one of The Case of King Solomon’s Dagger, a small gathering of almost famous detectives has convened its monthly meeting at the General Wayne Hotel. A visitor arrives with a plea for help. The intrigue and danger begins.

The September performance will take place at the Blue Ridge Christian Fellowship Hall at 329 W. Main St. at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Seating is limited. Reserved seats are available for the Radio Hour for $7.50.

Call 540.943.9999 to make a reservation.

Edited by Chris Graham. Chris can be reached at [email protected].



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