But don't wish him bon voyage just yet. Though he cutting back on some administrative activities, Curry still plans to have his hand in programming, and publications such as "Diversions," for the city's performing arts and visual arts venues. He will work as a consultant for the Hampton Arts Foundation, the non-profit organization that owns the two buildings and raises money for their capital projects and operation.
"I've been doing this for 24 years, and I think this will be a very good transition," says Curry, who hopes to find more time to write and to travel.
Curry's talent for putting together a diverse mix of winning performances each season convinced the foundation to keep him on. Early on in his tenure, Curry launched the Great Performances Series that brought artists such as pianist Philippe Bianconi, mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and mime
For many years, before the
"I'm proud of the Charles Taylor arts center, but that plan was in place when I came here," says Curry. "But to save The American Theatre and renovate it is a source of immense pride to me. It's the last of the four theaters that were once in the city."
In recognition for Curry's service, the foundation board will name the theater's auditorium after him.
For Hampton Arts' 25th anniversary season in 2012-2013, Curry is bringing back many of the artists he has worked with over the years. I'll have more on that season in the July 8 Good Life section.
The seventh season of the Summer Sight Reading Orchestra is now underway.
Conducted by Guy Hayden, the orchestra offers string players at all levels the opportunity to explore a wide variety of music. The material varies from easy Broadway shows and movie selections to more challenging string orchestra repertory.
"We also include original contemporary works, sometimes conducted by the composers themselves," says Hayden.
Some of the standard works include J. S. Bach's "Brandenburg Concerto No. 3," Edward Elgar's "Serenade for String Orchestra" and "Fiddle-Faddle" by
Participants can choose which parts they want to play. There are no age limitations, no limit to the number of participants and no public performances planned. Participants are asked to bring their own music stands if possible.
The orchestra meets from 3 to 5 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 12 in the Centerstage Academy, 4026 George Washington Memorial Highway, York County.
Fees are $75 for the entire eight-week session or $10 for individual sessions. Advance registration is suggested but drop-in players are welcome. Call 757-890-0175 for additional information.
Summer Breeze lineup
The annual Merchants Square Summer Breeze concert series begins Sunday, July 1, with a performance by the Heritage of America Band. The Air Force Band will perform from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at the square located on Duke of
The remaining summer concerts begin at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and last until 8:30 or 9 p.m. Here's the schedule:
July 11 — Central Virginia Jazz Orchestra
July 18 —
July 25 — Slapwater
Aug. 1 —
Aug. 8 — USAF Heritage Ramblers Ensemble
Aug. 15 — USAF Blue Aces Ensemble
Aug. 22 —
Aug. 29 — USAF Rhythm in Blue Ensemble
This summer, Williams will appear as Linda in the company's production of
Information on the Glimmerglass summer season is available at http://www.glimmerglass.org.