Shenandoah Valley Music Festival sets summer season

Posted: May 21, 2013

Star staff report

Orkney Springs — The 50th anniversary season of the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival will feature Grammy Award-winning performer Kris Kristofferson in a special solo acoustic show and five-time Grammy winner Marty Stuart with his band The Fabulous Superlatives.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason will open the season July 19 for the annual summertime music tradition in Orkney Springs.

The season will also see the return of two artists, Valley bluegrass group Nothin’ Fancy and Irish fiddle champion Eileen Ivers and her band, Immigrant Soul.

The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the festival’s milestone year with a performance of Beethoven’s “Fifth Symphony,” which was performed at the first SVMF concert in 1963 and with a special evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein favorites.

Festival schedule

July 19, at 8 p.m. — An Intimate Evening with Dave Mason, with special guest Chatham Street.

Mason, co-founder of the band Traffic, is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Famous for hits such as “Feeling All Right,” “Only You Know and I Know,” and “We Just Disagree,” is touring an unplugged acoustic show with a trio that includes Jonathan McEuen, the son of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founding member John McEuen.

Chatham Street, based in the Shenandoah Valley, includes Christal and Peter Prout. They have been finalists in songwriting competitions across the country and have been nominated for multiple Whammie, Washington Area Music Association awards.

July 20 at 6 p.m. — Nothin’ Fancy bluegrass band won the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music Association’s award for Entertaining Group of the Year for three years in a row.

July 26 at 8 p.m. — Fairfax Symphony Orchestra presents classical masterworks that include Beethoven’s “Fifth Symphony,” which was played at the first music festival concert 50 years ago. The orchestra, under the direction of Christopher Zimmerman, has become “a force to be reckoned with” in symphonic music, according to the Washington Post.

July 27 at 8 p.m. — Fairfax Symphony Orchestra Pops presents “An Enchanted Evening” of the works of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Guest conductor Luke Frazier will lead the orchestra through an evening of show tune classics.

Aug. 3 at 8 p.m. — Kris Kristofferson is a musical and artistic legend. He is a Country Music Hall of Famer who ranks among the most versatile of American talents.

In addition to Country Music Association and Grammy awards, he is a Golden Globe winning actor. The author of “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” and “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” is touring this summer to support his 28th album, “Feeling Mortal.”

Aug. 9 at 8 p.m. — Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives — Marty Stuart is a five-time Grammy winner, platinum recording artist, Grand Ole Opry star, country music archivist, Southern culture historian, photographer, musician, songwriter, TV show host.

Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. — Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul are a favorite with festival audiences. First renowned as the fiddler for the worldwide River Dance sensation, her music, “suggests the future of the Celtic fiddle,” according to the Washington Post.

Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. — The artist for the final concert of the summer will be announced soon, according to festival director Dennis Lynch.


Tickets for those under 18 are $10 for all concerts. Prices for adults vary per performance. Parking at the concert venue, the Shrine Mont Camp and Conference Center, is free.

Call 540-459-3396 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, or visit