Kimberlea Daggy

Host, WMRA Middays and Airplay

Kimberlea Daggy has spent the last twenty-five years as a classical music announcer/producer for various public radio stations.  She is currently the midday host on WMRA, the NPR news station for Charlottesville and the Shenandoah Valley.  Kimberlea also hosts and produces Airplay, a program highlighting classical musicians and ensembles in and around Central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley, on WEMC, Harrisonburg’s all-classical station.  Prior to moving to the Shenandoah Valley in 2015, Kimberlea worked for a variety of public radio stations around the country, including KUSC in Los Angeles, the Classical Public Radio Network, WFDD in Winston-Salem, NC and WILL in Urbana, IL.  She has created and presented a wide array of programs on classical music stations in the United States, from daily shows to quarterly specials celebrating composers’ birthdays to her highly successful contemplative choral music program, Soul Music. Kimberlea has co-hosted live broadcasts of Los Angeles Opera performances, providing commentary and interviewing international artists such as Plácido Domingo, Marilyn Horne and William Friedkin. She has given pre-performance talks and emceed programs for a variety of organizations, including LA Opera, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Ojai Music Festival, the Broad Stage, and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.   In addition to her radio career, Kimberlea has taught adult classical music education classes, most recently at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music.  These classes explore various aspects of classical music, from opera to choral works to symphonic favorites.  She was a board member of the Sierra Summer Festival in Mammoth Lakes, CA, where she also presented seminars and emceed concerts.  Kimberlea is also committed to furthering the careers of young musicians.  She served on the board of the Orchestra Parents Association at Santa Monica High School, where she hosted concerts, wrote program notes and connected students to professional musicians, including LA Opera Music Director James Conlon and former Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director Zubin Mehta.  She also helped coordinate the Santa Monica High School Symphony Orchestra 2014 tour to Vienna, Prague and Baden-Baden, Germany. In addition to her work in public radio, Kimberlea also plays piano for, sings with and conducts the choir at First Presbyterian Church in Waynesboro, VA, where her husband, Roger, is Music Director and Organist.  Kimberlea and Roger have two children in college:  Max, who is studying computer programming, and Celia, who is a viola performance major at Boston University.  Kimberlea received her Bachelor of Music in Voice from Northwestern University, and did graduate work in Opera at Yale University and Arizona State University, where she sang the title role in the opera, Carmen

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Arnold Popkin

Many of us celebrate a birthday with a meal out at a favorite restaurant, or a party with cake and presents.  But retired Charlottesville ophthalmologist Arnold Popkin will celebrate his birthday by playing a concert at Charlottesville’s First Presbyterian Church on Sunday afternoon.  WMRA’s Kimberlea Daggy has more.

Music Feeds Us

May 11, 2016
Courtesy Music Feeds Us

What’s for dinner?  Most of us look in the fridge, the freezer, and go from there.  But for many in our area, deciding what to eat is a daily struggle.   Violist Fitz Gary is among those using music to help, as Kimberlea Daggy reports.