Acclaimed vocal artist and jazz performer Virginia Schenck, known by stage nameVA, is celebrating the Winter Solsticewith a concert on Saturday, Dec. 1atFernbank Science Center’s Planetarium, the 3rdlargest in the United States(156 Heaton Park Dr, Atlanta, GA 30307). VA, will be joined on stage byworld jazz music trioFree Planet Radio.Doors open at 7 p.m. with free out of this world food tastingsfrom Atlanta's Sun in My Bellyand Mystic Roots; show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3613416.General admission tickets are $25; student tickets are $10.
Virginia says the Winter Solstice is about embracing the dark and allowing the light. “Seasons bring varying songs from my heart. As we enter the winter season, we actually have already made it through the darkest night. For me, that is something to celebrate!”
A Winter Solstice will find VA singing more sensitive songs of a planetary nature, yet shouting with joy the coming of Winter Light and all that the year has brought. She will take a journey under the night sky, dancing with the moon, stars, and planets.
World jazz trio, Free Planet Radio, of Asheville, NC, joins VA this night, adding their sensibilities to the magic carpet ride through the night sky! Grammy winner Eliot Wadopian leaps effortlessly between rhythm and melody on electric and string basses has been performing the Winter Solstice with the Paul Winter Consort for about 30 years at the Cathedral of St John the Divine in NY. River Guerguerian plays an extensive array of global percussion instruments including Middle Eastern frame drums and doumbek, the Indian kanjira, African shakers, and Western drum set. Chris Rosser explores melody on the 17-stringed Indian dotar, Turkish cumbus oud, guitar, piano, and melodica.
ABOUT VIRGINIA SCHENCK/VA:
Schenck has studied and performed music since her childhood, but in 2007, she renewed her commitment to singing full-time. Using the stage name VA, she has released three critically acclaimed albums, which showcase her artistry.
A Florida native, Schenck came to Georgia after graduating from Florida State University. While her degree was in Music Therapy, she studied jazz piano, voice and dance. She started singing jazz gigs while in school, and continued to sit in with groups after she launched her music therapy career. Her love of jazz was enriched through a friendship with drummer Jaimoe of the Allman Brothers Band. In 2007, she had the opportunity to work with Bobby McFerrin and Rhiannon in New York, and over the next three years, she continued her studies with both musicians.
Known both by her birth name and by her stage name VA, Schenck is an imaginative vocalist with a broad stylistic reach. She can soothe her audience with a beautiful ballad, invigorate them with a re-imagined standard and challenge them with a powerful blast of free improvisation. Yet all of these aspects exist within one singular and unique voice.