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Wintergreen Performing Arts Kicks Off 2010 Season! : 7.9.10

Photos By Hayley Osborne : ©2010 www.nelsoncountylife.com : The 2010 Summer Music Festival kicked off this week with the opening concert on Wednesday evening. Click any photo to enlarge. [1]

Photos By Hayley Osborne : ©2010 www.nelsoncountylife.com : The 2010 Summer Music Festival kicked off this week with the opening concert on Wednesday evening. Click any photo to enlarge.

Wintergreen Resort
Nelson County, Virginia

For 28 days Wintergreen Performing Arts [2] will pay tribute to the music capital of the world by bringing a touch of Vienna to the Blue Ridge as part of the 2010 Summer Music Festival.

The Summer Music Festival is held each year starting in early July and running until the 1st of August.

Austrian Ambassador to the US, Dr. Christian Prosl (center) shares a toast with WPA Artistic & Executive Director, Larry Alan Smith (left) and Don Burland, WPA President, just before the start of opening night. [3]

Austrian Ambassador to the US, Dr. Christian Prosl (center) shares a toast with WPA Artistic & Executive Director, Larry Alan Smith (left) and Don Burland, WPA President, just before the start of opening night.

A long list of events, some 300, are included in the 2010 Summer Music Festival.

A reception before the concert included hearty appetizers with an Austrian flair along with Austrian beer and wine. [4]

A reception before the concert included hearty appetizers with an Austrian flair along with Austrian beer and wine.

Dr. Prosl speaks to the crowd at Wednesday night's performance as Larry Alan Smith looks on. [5]

Dr. Prosl speaks to the crowd at Wednesday night's performance as Larry Alan Smith looks on.

Opening night included music from the Wintergreen Festival Baroque Orchestra and the Wintergreen Chamber Players. [6]

Opening night included music from the Wintergreen Festival Baroque Orchestra and the Wintergreen Chamber Players.

According to WPA’s website the evening’s selections included:

Heinrich von Biber: Battalia (1673)
Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 33 No. 2 – “The Joke” (1781)
György Ligeti: Hungarian Rock (1978)
Anton von Webern: Langsamer Satz (1905)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Serenade in G Major, K. 525 – “Eine kleine Nachtmusik” (1787)

Photo By John Taylor: Thursday Dr. Prosl spoke during a luncheon in the Commonwealth Ballroom at Wintergreen Resort about Austria and the impact of Austria’s culture on the US. [7]

Photo By John Taylor: Thursday Dr. Prosl spoke during a luncheon in the Commonwealth Ballroom at Wintergreen Resort about Austria and the impact of Austria’s culture on the US.

A packed schedule of events continues this weekend right on through the month of July. [8]

A packed schedule of events continues this weekend right on through the month of July.

To see the entire list of events at this year’s 2010 Summer Music Festival, click here to head over the Wintergreen Performing Arts’ website and scroll down. [2]

*Much of the information compiled in the post is courtesy from the WPA website.