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Now in its sixth season, Opera on the James regales ears with the majestic beauty of operatic works performed by nationally renowned singers. Love Makes the World Go 'Round corrals the talents of four acclaimed vocalists—Allison Pohl, Brendan Daly, Adelaide Muir Trombetta, and John Dooley—who have collectively shattered chandeliers and monocles at prestigious companies such as the Colorado Opera, the Boston Lyric Opera, and the Bronx Opera. Throughout the evening, the quartet of euphonic belters unleashes its pipes on a program that showcases popular songs from the classical opera canon as well as Broadway show tunes. In the elegant interior of the Joy and Lynch Christian Warehouse Theatre, oak flooring stylishly cushions feet while restored brick walling induces wolves to seek out easier, straw-built concert halls to crash.
2240 Rivermont Ave
Lynchburg,
VA
US
A bugle boomed with a brash moan that bordered on shrill, as if the metal it was made of were on the verge of shattering like glass. Its player drew a sideward glance to his wife, whose neck was contorted in the throes of a visceral shriek as she slammed a wooden spoon against the tin washbasin. Darkness was giving way to the orange of morning on June 18, 1864, and the Union's Major General David Hunter was presumably within earshot. The clamor of Lynchburg's citizens was their first defense, making the Confederate forces sound larger and stronger than they actually were. It was a smart move, as Hunter eventually retreated because he believed he was outnumbered. The concise Confederate victory preserved many historical sites in Lynchburg, which had been the United States’ second wealthiest city per capita before the Civil War devastated the economy. Today, the Lynchburg Museum traces the stories of the region, from the cannons and flags of the Civil War to a flight suit worn by hometown astronaut Leland Melvin. More than 20,000 artifacts are housed within the former Lynchburg courthouse, which was built in the Greek Revival style in 1855, replete with architectural details including fluted Doric columns and a pedimented portico inspired by the Parthenon. Less than a mile away, Point of Honor accommodates guests within the re-created plantation kitchen of the restored Federal-period mansion built in 1815 by Dr. George Cabell Sr., friend to both Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson. Guests can peer out at a vista of the James River before exploring the Medicine in Early Virginia exhibit, which highlights tools and methods practiced by Dr. Cabell such as giving patients colds in order to cure their rickets.
112 Cabell St
Lynchburg,
VA
US
The chefs at Rivermont Pizza regularly take a creative bent with their wood-fired pies, such as The Hutcherson, which arranges caramelized onions, cheddar, granny-smith slices, and virginia country ham over a layer of red sauce. Upscale ingredients such as pancetta, cremini mushrooms, and goat cheese regularly top crusts, and hoagies hug fillings of locally made tofu, cherry peppers, or thinly shaved roast beef. Committed to local harvesting, the basement-level eatery plucks nearby ingredients whenever possible, and though its wood-burning oven only holds five pizzas at a time, guests are invited to pass the time listening to live local bands, participating in trivia contests, or playing tiddlywinks with the roasted sweet-potato medallions on the wilted-spinach salad.
2496 Rivermont Ave.
Lynchburg,
VA
US
For almost three decades, the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra has harnessed the melodious power of strings, horns, woodwinds, and percussion to re-create classical pieces and vivify modern works. Shows speckle the schedule throughout the year, welcoming duos for “Date Night!” performances, delighting the senses with songs by local choirs, and celebrating snowmen’s birthdays with classic holiday tunes.
621 Court St
Lynchburg,
VA
US
Part author event, part cocktail party, the Eudora Welty Garden Symposium brings authors Susan Haltom and Jane Roy Brown to discuss their book, One Writer's Garden: Eudora Welty's Home Place. The authors, whose botanical tome was called "nearly irresistible" by The New York Journal of Books , will deliver illustrated, 40-minute lectures entitled “Eudora Welty and the Gift of Flowers” and “A Grand Teacher: Women and Gardening and the Progressive Era." The lectures draw from the book's theme: that Welty cultivated her garden as a place to escape from the stresses of writing or spot, and then wrestle, eagles for their quills.
2500 Rivermont Avenue
Lynchburg,
VA
US
At Iron and Grace, butterflies can emerge from their corporeal cocoons in kettlebell and Pilates classes that help to build strong and balanced bodies with an emphasis on functional-fitness training. The kettlebell program’s full-body exercises exemplify this approach, eschewing repetitive movements in favor of motor-recruitment patterns centered by the iron cannonball. Kettlebell exercises work the entire body as students hoist and swing them by their attached handle, increasing both cardio and muscular endurance and helping to make everyday tasks such as bicycling and climbing corporate ladders that much easier. Instructor Chad Sexton holds four-hour training sessions a week for small groups of six students or fewer, teaching them the essential moves of his beloved discipline before guiding them onward to the gym’s more advanced kettlebell classes.
720 Commerce Street
Lynchburg,
VA
US
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