Category Archives: Happenings

Gala Opera Cabaret at Opera on the James

Suor Angelica - Med Res -64Opera on the James began as the vision of volunteers to create a nonprofit opera company that would attract and involve Central Virginians in the full range of operatic arts. They provide diverse, accessible productions performed by nationally and regionally acclaimed artists that educate, inspire, and engage their audiences. Over the years they have evolved to a more professional company with an active board and a staff that includes General Director, Cecelia Schieve. On January 31, they will celebrate their 10th Anniversary with a Gala Opera Cabaret to highlight past seasons.
The luxurious gala is a decade in the making. Truly, it is a hallmark of more than their success as a company—it is evidence of connections to opera in our every day lives that many in the community did not know existed. Furthermore, it is proof that there is a growing audience waiting to be inspired and enlightened.
The gala is a representation of collaboration at its finest. “I have engaged five wonderful artists from around the country who have performed with us before,” explains Cecelia. “The event seamlessly incorporates dinner, wine, time with friends, auctions, and outstanding performances. We will surround our guests with opera that mixes styles, languages and characterizations.”
For an event this monumental, Opera on the James decided to find a special way to connect with the community to decorate the venue. They chose to ask a local school group from Heritage High School to paint their interpretation of each of the operas in the style of Toulouse-Lautrec.
Selecting Heritage for the collaboration was an easy decision in part, because the community has long admired the illustrations of art teacher, Jon Roark. “He has involved his students in service projects with the Lynchburg Historical Foundation and other non-profits and I had the pleasure of using him as an artist for one of our brochures in the past,” says Cecelia. “Because of this partnership, many of the young artists he teaches will experience the opera for the first time and it was a pleasure to involve and help educate them.”
The artwork will be on display on Thursday, January 29. For more information on the event and how to purchase tickets, visit www.operaonthejames.org.

National “Thank You” Month

My grandmother always told me that “Thank You” notes were important. She backed up this sentiment by sending them for EVERYTHING. If you gave her flowers on Mother’s Day, she would send a Thank You card. Recently, she even sent one to my husband and I for coming over to make dinner for her and my grandfather.

Inspired by my grandmother, I have always tried to send out timely Thank You notes for every gift, of every size, that I receive. Think about it. When you receive a gift, no matter the monetary value, you are also receiving the gift of someone’s time. The gift giver took time out of their day to think about you, buy something they thought you would like, (maybe) wrap it, and somehow deliver it to you. It is not only disrepectful to neglect to send a thank you note, it can be a little hurtful.

thankyouSo, if you have put off sending Thank You notes for your Holiday gifts– there is still time! It helps to keep blank cards on hand year round, not only for Thank You notes, but for those last minute occasions that you forget. We love Sabrina Soto’s new collection at Michaels. Not only are they inexpensive, their fun patterns make them a sunny reminder of how much you appreciate the person receiving them.

What are you waiting for? Make grandma proud, and celebrate National Thank You Month!   

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24 Days of Prizes: DAY TWENTY-THREE!

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Get the New Year started off right with a fabulous prize from the even more fabulous Just Dance Roanoke! Today we’re giving away one free month to one lucky winner and a friend!!!! So you can dance your heart out with your BFF all month long.

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WIN Floyd Fest Tickets!

24 Days of Prizes: DAY TWENTY-TWO!

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As a proud sponsor, Bella Magazine is giving away two Floyd Fest 3-Day adult tickets and two kids’ passes to one lucky reader!!! From July 22-26, the mountains will come alive once again with music, magic and fun– and it will be here before you know it!

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24 Days of Prizes: DAY NINETEEN!

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Get the New Year started off right with a fabulous prize from the even more fabulous Just Dance Roanoke! Today we’re giving away one free month to one lucky winner and a friend!!!! So you can dance your heart out with your BFF all month long.

Visit our Facebook page for details on how to win! Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the December issue for more information on all of the fantastic prizes you can win this month!

WIN a Just Dance Roanoke Membership!

24 Days of Prizes: DAY THREE!

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Get the New Year started off right with a fabulous prize from the even more fabulous Just Dance Roanoke! Today we’re giving away one free month to one lucky winner and a friend!!!! So you can dance your heart out with your BFF all month long.

Visit our Facebook page for details on how to win! Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the December issue for more information on all of the fantastic prizes you can win this month!

WIN Dave Stryker Organ Trio tickets!

24 Days of Prizes: DAY TWO!

stykerBella Magazine is giving away two tickets to see the Dave Stryker Organ Trio on Friday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke. This show is SOLD OUT and we are so excited to offer an opportunity to see this amazing jazz musician to one lucky couple!

Visit our Facebook page for details on how to win! Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the December issue for more information on all of the fantastic prizes you can win this month!

WIN Holiday Pops Tickets from RSO!

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We are giving away two Roanoke Symphony Orchestra tickets to Holiday Pops: Home for the Holidays! This show gets bigger every year. With over 200 singers, star Soprano Ariana Wyatt, full orchestra conducted by Maestro Wiley, and a history of huge audiences, we hope you’ll choose to be a part of the RSO’s holiday concert tradition! Event is this Friday, December 5th!

Visit our Facebook page for details on how to win! Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the December issue for more information on all of the fantastic prizes you can win this month!