It happens every March, the Heifetz Hootenanny for Spring. And, let’s face it. By the time the third month of the year gets here, we’re all ready for a major lift!
While we never know just what to expect from March weather, we do know that this year’s Hootenanny will not disappoint.
Just in case you’re not familiar with the Heifetz Institute’s event, it happens both in the spring and in the summer. Exceptional talent from around the world delights audiences with a lively sampler of multi-genre music.
It’s highly anticipated and loved by all.
Heifetz Hootenanny Details
In the summer, Hootenanny is held outside at Mary Baldwin University under the Heifetz tent. But since it’s March, it’s still a bit cool for an outdoor Hoot. So the event will be held at The American Hotel Banquet Room.
It’s a perfect venue for this event because The American Hotel is such a funky, yet historic place. You’ll find it across from the Amtrak station in downtown Staunton.
There will be plenty of good food and beverages available while you enjoy all the good times’ tunes.
Friday, March 16, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM EDT
Get tickets here.
A Fan Favorite Returns for the Spring Hoot
While there will be special guests and top Heifetz alumni performers returning to the stage this year, one returning performer is a true fan fave. And that’s archguitarist, Peter Blanchette.
Known around the world as the inventor of the 11-string archguitar, Blanchette’s extraordinary repertoire includes medieval, renaissance, baroque, World Music, New music, and his own original pieces.
Blanchette’s compositions have been featured in films and television for well over 20 years. Among his many musical credits are:
- HBO’s Sex and the City
- Cannes Palme D’Or nominated film Illuminata directed by John Turturro
- Commissioned work from the Dingle Film Festival and Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts
His commission from the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts includes new musical scores for three of the Buster Keaton silent masterpieces, The General, The Navigator. and Steamboat Bill, Jr.
Blanchette’s albums also receive heavy radio airplay on “The Thistle and Shamrock” and “Sunday Baroque.”
More Reasons to Attend the Spring Heifetz Hootenanny
The mission of the Heifetz International Music Institute is to teach young musicians to communicate musical emotion beyond what is technically correct and beautifully played.
The Institue teaches students to explore their musical potential so that their performances redefine the concert experience.
With that in mind, the proceeds from the Spring Hootenanny, including ticket, drink and snack sales, all go to the Shenandoah Scholarship Fund. This scholarship aids those students with extraordinary talent and have also demonstrated financial need.
By attending this musical event, you’ll enrich your own life. But you’ll also pay the experience forward by helping other gifted young musicians develop and grow their own talent.