2008 – 2009 Season

Ballet Met Moves Were Jazzy

When the late, great Buddy Ebsen was interviewed right before he died, the interviewer called him a dancer.  He chuckled and said, “No, I wasn’t a dancer, just a hoofer.”  Well, on Tuesday, February 17 in the VRCFA Main Theater, there was DANCING going on! Columbus’ BalletMet brought their JAZZ MOVES: Take Two program to […]


The dictionary defines tour de force as “an exceptional achievement by an artist, author, or the like, that is unlikely to be equaled by that person or anyone else; stroke of genius.” While I’m sure the cast of the NETworks production of “Sweeney Todd” has equaled their performances on Tuesday, January 20, the audience at […]

Canadian Brass Blows in the Holiday Spirit at VRCFA

Nothing says the holiday season more then the sound of brass instruments.  When those instruments are in the hands of The Canadian Brass, so much the better. This is a quintet of musicians that are the top performers in their field. The Canadian Brass has defined what brass musical performances should be and exceeded expectations […]

Canadian Brass Extras

Michael Fryer talked to Chuck Daellenbach about Canadian Brass. [audio:http://www.sopaa.org/site/wp-content/uploads/audio/radioteesdale-2008-09-18-45187.mp3]

Fun Extras for Canadian Brass

Brass Instruments Canadian Brass Video’s Magic Horn Jazzed Up Bach Amazing Grace Interview with one of the founders of The Canadian Brass, Chuck Daellenbach

CJO and all that’s JAZZ for SOPAA

Is it too early to declare something the best of the season? Yes, the Cherryholmes concert was great and we have a lot of great stuff coming later in the season. But for my money, The Columbus Jazz Orchestra concert of Tuesday, October 14th at SSU’s Vern Riffe Center for the Arts could very well […]

Cherryholmes Ushers in SOPAA Season

Jere Cherryholmes introduced his family band well into their first set in the opening concert of the 2008-2009 SOPAA Performing Arts Series on Thursday, September 18th. He said he was proud of his family and what they had accomplished. No kidding. In less than a decade this family has recorded several albums and garnered two […]

Concert Presentation in Scioto County

1958 – Present by: Charles Varney Having been asked to record some of my memories of people and organizations that have been responsible for presenting professional musicians in concert here in the Portsmouth area, I am a little intimidated as I begin. I ask those who might read this to bear in mind two stark […]

The Big Read

The Big Read – Scioto County: Eleven community organizations in Appalachian southern Ohio have created a county-wide “page to stage” project to collectively and cohesively promote Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird, and the stage play of the same title from February 1 through April 30, 2009. The project includes live performances, book discussions […]

2008-2009 SOPAA Season Has Many Specials

The complete rundown for the Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association’s 2008-2009 season has the contemporary bluegrass group Cherryholmes opening the season on Thursday, September 18, 2008 with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in the second position on Thursday, October 16, 2008. The Canadian Brass brings their Christmas show to the SOPAA season this year on Monday, […]