Once every month, The Rotunda is filled to bursting with the sound of music. Live music. Professionally played. Just for our community. It’s the WCBR Concert Series.
Our residents don’t need tickets or reservations to attend, and they don’t have to dress in black tie attire. In fact, if they’d rather enjoy from the comforts of their apartments, they can still watch and listen to the concerts, because the events are all live-streamed across our campus.
This up-close-and-immediate exposure to the arts is made possible by the generosity of donors to the WCBR Foundation’s Life Enrichment Fund.
Each performance on average engages 75 residents in The Rotunda – in addition to those viewing through the livestream. Here are some examples of the quality and diversity of performances our community has experienced so far this year:
The WCBR Concert Series started about four years ago. It was something designed to “get everyone involved,” says Sherrie Sykes, Activities Coordinator. The idea was to “engage the whole community,” including everyone in care areas as well as independent living residents.
At first, it was put together by Sherrie Sykes and the Director of Resident Services, Obie Sue Thomas, with musical suggestions made by resident Corky Sablinsky. This past year, Jeremy Thompson, the musical director at First Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, took over the task of finding and scheduling the performers.
Thompson not only directs the music at the church, but maintains an active performance schedule as a recitalist and concerto soloist with orchestras around the world. “I don’t know how he has the time” to manage WCBR performances, but he does, says Sherrie. He is connected with “a good network of talent,” she says. “We’ve had some great performances.”
But residents will have to wait until September to enjoy more events in this series. Adam Carter’s program on July 7 marked the end of the season. Sherrie Sykes foresees a hiatus before picking back up in September and running to next June. To learn more about who will be performing, please keep an eye on the monthly Happenings Newsletter.