Photo by Chuck Doud

WHRO's Wayla Chambo and WHRV's Gina Gambony

WHRO members and guests enjoyed a treat this week with the event "Sonatas and Stories," a culmination of both WHRV's The Writer's Block and WHRO's Classical Open Mic Night. The event was a part of the opening series for the Susan S. Goode Fine & Performing Arts Center at Virginia Wesleyan University and featured classical music performances along with spoken word performances by local artists.

"It was a wonderful evening," said Chuck Doud, Director of Radio Programming and Audience Strategy at WHRO. "It featured flawless musical performances and engaging and emotionally-charged stories--the most organized and succinct example of what our staff and the artists in our community do best, deliver excellence!"

Photo by Chuck Doud

Flutist Anne Epperly

Musical performers included the Ambrosia Quartet (who are also members of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra), faculty artists from Virginia Wesleyan University, and the flute and clarinet duo of Anne Epperly and Mateo Ayala, both members of the US Air Force band program. The featured authors were VWU faculty member Vivian Teter and one of her students, Jayla Cross, along with two favorites from past Writer’s Block programs, Laura Bortnik and Larry Edge.

Photo by Chuck Doud

Ambrosia Quartet

“I was so happy to collaborate with my colleagues at WHRV and with Virginia Wesleyan to present these outstanding local artists in this beautiful new concert space," said Wayla Chambo, WHRO FM music coordinator and host of Afternoon Classics. "Many thanks to the performers and to our great audience for being part of this special event!”

The event was recorded to be broadcast on WHRV and WHRO at a later date. If you missed it, you can watch the archived Facebook Live.