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 Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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SML Orchestra to perform at FCHS on July 26
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The new Smith Mountain Lake Symphony Orchestra will make its debut performance at Bluegrass & Beethoven on Saturday, July 26 in the Franklin County High School auditorium.

The new orchestra will perform with Randy Cook and Commonwealth Bluegrass Band.

To inaugurate the symphony, the orchestra and chorus will open the second half of the concert, performing J. S. Bach's Cantata 140, Sleepers Awake!, with soloists Pastor Philip and Tara Bouknight.

The Cantata will then be followed by the SML Symphony Orchestra alone playing a rendition of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, the symphony that opens with the famous "fate knocking on the door." Every note in the entire work is built off the beginning motive. It is a compositional masterpiece and its musical architecture is creative genius.

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New symphony will bring classical music to lake region
Organization plans to include art and music education
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In February, new lake resident Johnny Bender created the Smith Mountain Lake Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, a nonprofit organization that will bring arts and music education to the Smith Mountain Lake region through classical musical performance, and music lessons and classes.

Bender has a bachelor's degree in music and computer science from Cornell University and a master's degree in conducting from Central Michigan University School of Music.

Originally from Bethesda, Md., Bender and his wife, Luna, made Smith Mountain Lake their permanent home in 2013.

The orchestra's inaugural performance will take place in the Franklin County High School auditorium on July 26 at 7 p.m. The concert, "Bluegrass & Beethoven," will open with Randy Cook and Commonwealth Bluegrass Band of Richmond.

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Bogguss Performs at Harvester

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Last Friday, the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount was sold out as singer, songwriter and musician Suzy Bogguss wowed the audience with her music. Above, she acknowledges the crowd during her curtain call. The event was co-sponsored by the Smith Mountain Arts Council (SMAC).

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Riddle on the Harp Performs for Seniors

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Riddle on the Harp, a Celtic and traditional music band made up of Jean Wibbens, Patti Black and Barbara Compter (not pictured) of Bedford County, recently entertained the members of the Southside Senior Citizens Association at their monthly covered dish luncheon.

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Churches collecting school supplies for Agape Center

Local churches are collecting school supplies for children of the Agape Center in Moneta.

Items needed include notebooks, paper, folders, pencils, crayons, glue bottles and erasers.

Supporting churches include Covenant Fellowship, Dwelling Place, East Lake Community Church, Bedrock Community Church, Radford Baptist Church and Staunton Baptist Church.

The Agape Center is also accepting monetary donations for this outreach. Volunteers are available to shop for supplies.

Donations can be made at, via PayPal or mailed to P.O. Box 573 Moneta, Va. 24121.

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Music in the Park set for July 26
Concert will feature Friday Nite Band
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The Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park will present Music in the Park Saturday, July 26 at 8 p.m.

The Friday Nite Band and The Old Dominion Cloggers will perform at the park Beach Pavilion.

The Friday Nite Band is an old-time band from Callaway. Over the years, the band has played at many different venues, including jam sessions at Cannaday's Store in Boones Mill and the Floyd Country Store in Floyd and regular fundraising shows at the Floyd Fire Department.

The band also received a commendation from the Virginia General Assembly for its contributions to the community of Redwood and Town of Rocky Mount, where they play for benefit dances.

The cost is $5 per person, and children 12 and under are admitted free.

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What's Coming Up on Lake and Land
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The Booker T. Washington Monument will hold the junior ranger program "The Amazing Race: Booker T. Edition" from 10 to 11:30 a.m. There is no fee, but registration is required by calling 721-2094.


Life for One will meet at Trinity Ecumenical Parish at 11 a.m. with guest speaker Elizabeth Farrel on butterfly magic. Bring a lunch and drink.

The Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the park Discovery Center. New members and visitors are welcome. For more information, call 297-6066.


A Lyme disease support group meeting with interactive Skype with Liz Moore focusing on adrenals in relation to lyme disease will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish.


The Booker T. Washington Monument will hold a Booker Character Camp from 10 to 11:30 a.m. There is no fee, but registration is required by calling 721-2094.

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