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Asheville Symphony Sessions Recordings

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

ASHEVILLE NC – The Asheville Symphony and leading musicians from Asheville‘s music scene—including Lizz Wright, Free Planet Radio, Rising Appalachia and Steep Canyon Rangers—have collaborated on an innovative new album to be released in May 2016.

Celebrating the diversity of music in Western North Carolina, The Asheville Symphony Sessions features songs that combine the unique styles of locally based musicians, with the Asheville Symphony. The album was produced by Michael Selverne of Welcome to Mars, at Asheville’s Echo Mountain Recording Studios.

“This album serves as a soundtrack for the city,” says ASO Executive Director David Whitehill. “The Asheville Symphony champions great music, and we’re very fortunate that there is great music being made here. Not many communities of this size have the kind of resources—including the symphony musicians, recording engineers, producers, publicists, arrangers, session musicians and recording studios—that we have in Asheville.”

Featured artists are Ben Lovett, Doc Aquatic, Electric Owls, Free Planet Radio featuring Lizz Wright, Matt Townsend, Rising Appalachia, Shannon Whitworth, and Steep Canyon Rangers. The album synthesizes a variety of genres including folk, country, roots, rock, pop, bluegrass, R&B, and jazz, with each track featuring ensembles from the ASO ranging in size from 9 players to 24.

“This album is life-sized art, produced here in our community.  After 32 years of making records in NY and LA, this is one of the coolest projects I have worked on,” says producer Michael Selverne. “Working together, I believe that we have created an incredibly musical record that reflects the spirit and the soul of our community.”

A number of notable arrangers worked on the project including Michael Bearden, who works with Lady Gaga and Neil Young and was Michael Jackson’s musical director for the This Is It tour; Van Dyke Parks, who composed and arranged the score for Disney’s The Jungle Book (1967) animated film and composed Smile with Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys; and Jonathan Sacks, a composer and orchestrator who has worked on many blockbuster films including The Princess and the Frog (2009), Disney’s Cars (2006), and Seabiscuit (2003).

“It was amazing to see the bands’ reactions as they heard the symphony musicians bring the orchestral arrangements of their songs to life. This project is the collaborative effort of more than 150 people coming together to create something that is uniquely Asheville,” says Jessica Tomasin, Echo Mountain Recording’s studio manager. “I love the idea that we are connecting musicians from varying backgrounds and musical genres in our own community.”

The Asheville Symphony Sessions will be available through a variety of points of sale, including a number of local retailers, and worldwide through iTunes and Amazon.com. Visit ashevillesymphony.org/sessions for more information.

ASAP Announces Dates for 2016 Farm Tour

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

ASHEVILLE NC – On June 25 and 26, the gates and barns of Appalachian Grown family farms will open to the public for ASAP’s highly anticipated Farm Tour. This fun, farm-filled weekend offers a chance for locals and visitors alike to discover how food is grown and raised in the mountains, taste farm-fresh fare, and meet the community’s local producers. The Farm Tour moves to late June this year, treating visitors to a bounty of summer sights, tastes, and smells.

One sweet taste of summer visitors can look forward to enjoying on the tour is seasonal fruit such as berries. Zimmerman Berry Farm is one stop on the tour where tour goers can see berries ripening on the vine and hopefully get to pick some to take home. “Visitors will be able to learn about the working side of a pick-your-own farm and hopefully (if mother nature permits) they will also be able to pick black raspberries,” says Pam Zimmerman, owner of the farm.

This year’s Farm Tour will welcome back other past tour participants including Lady Luck Flower Farm and Spinning Spider Creamery. “When people come here they’ll actually get one of us from the creamery saying, ‘This is how I make the cheese; this is where we milk the goats,’” says Chris Owen, co-owner of Spinning Spider Creamery, who is looking forward to welcoming visitors to her family’s artisan goat dairy to learn about their operation, tour their milking parlour, and interact with their goats. “The Farm Tour is an important way for us to allow our customer base to get an educational opportunity, not just to see the animals, but to hear us as family members talking about what we’re doing and why.”

From u-pick operations to flower farms to creameries, this year’s tour is sure to delight visitors of all ages and interests. Tour goers can expect around 25 farms to choose from with a recommendation of selecting three or four farms to visit per day.  This year’s tour will feature farms in Buncombe, Madison, and McDowell counties. Future tours will highlight different areas of the region giving visitors the opportunity to visit new farms across the central mountains of Western North Carolina from year to year.

Farm Tour passes are on sale now at asapconnections.org. Passes are $30 in advance; $40 the weekend of the tour. One pass admits an entire carload. The tour runs 12-5 pm Saturday and Sunday.

More information, including a list of where to pick up a tour guide (coming in May) and details on volunteering and attending the tour for free, can be found at asapconnections.org or by calling 828-236-1282. ASAP will share details and stories leading up to the tour on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

ABOUT ASAP (APPALACHIAN SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE PROJECT)

ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food. To learn more about ASAP’s work in the region, visit asapconnections.org, or call (828) 236-1282.

Brevard Music Center Presents Free April Concerts in Brevard, Hendersonville and Asheville

Saturday, March 26th, 2016
ASHEVILLE NC – Brevard Music Center (BMC), in partnership with Brevard College, the Osher Lifelong Learning Center (OLLI) in Asheville, and Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra in Hendersonville, is pleased to announce its April program of chamber concerts as part of BMC’s free Community Concerts series.
The April 2016 series of concerts includes:
•    Asheville | Sundays with BMC: At 3 PM on Sunday, April 3, flutist Dilshad Posnock and pianist Craig Nies will perform an exquisite program of Chamber Music at the Sundays with BMC concert in the Reuter Center on the campus at UNC Asheville.
•    Brevard | First Mondays: On Monday, April 4 at 12:30 PM, the duo will perform at the First Mondays concert in Scott Concert Hall at the Porter Center on the Brevard College campus.
•    NEW! Hendersonville | Chamber Music Tuesdays: On Tuesday, April 5 at 12:30 PM, the duo will move to First United Methodist Church in Hendersonville for Chamber Music Tuesdays – the newest offering in Brevard Music Center’s series of free community concerts throughout the region.  Chamber Music Tuesdays in Hendersonville is made possible, in part, through a grant from the Perry N. Rudnick Endowment Fund of the Community Foundation of Henderson County.
April’s program will include CPE Bach’s “Hamburger” Sonata, Pierre Sancan’s Sonatine for flute and piano, a solo keyboard Intermezzo by JS Bach, and Sonata for the Emerald Isle – a work by BMC alum Jack Coen.
“Brevard Music Center is pleased to bring the beautiful music of our free Community Concert Series to some of our favorite towns in Western North Carolina,” said BMC President & CEO Mark Weinstein. “This popular series allows us to give something back to the communities and regional neighbors that generously support BMC each summer.”
Each Brevard First Mondays concert also features a local charity highlighting the needs of the community. April’s local charity partner is Rise and Shine Freedom School of Brevard.
WCQS is the media sponsor of the March, April and May 2016 series of BMC Community Concerts.
The popular recital series is offered at no cost to the general public from October through May. Sundays with BMC are held on the Sunday preceding the first Monday of each month in Asheville. First Mondays are held on the first Monday of each month in Brevard. Hendersonville’s Chamber Music Tuesdays are held on the first Tuesday of each month through May.
The final BMC Community Concert performance of the spring 2016 season will feature Scott Rawls (viola) and Jihye Chang (piano) on May 1, 2 and 3.
For full guest artist biographies, as well as directions to Brevard College, the Reuter Center, and First United Methodist Church, please visit: https://www.brevardmusic.org/festival/ccs/.
To download artist photos, please click this link.
About the Artist | Dilshad Posnock
Born in Mumbai, India, Dilshad Posnock has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in concerts and festivals throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and India. Her performances have been featured on BBC TV and BBC World Service Radio.  Ms. Posnock has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Pittsburgh Ballet and the Pittsburgh Opera,  and served as Director of the Artist Diploma Program at the Carnegie Mellon School of Music. In addition to her role as Assistant Director of the Jeanne Baxtresser International Master Class, she has also worked on publication projects with world-renowned flutists, Jeanne Baxtresser and Sir James Galway.  Ms. Posnock holds performance degrees from the Royal College of Music (London) and Carnegie Mellon University.  Now based in Brevard, NC, Ms. Posnock has performed with the Asheville Choral Society and has appeared as Guest Principal Flute with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra.  She joined the faculty of Brevard Music Center in 2006.
About the Artist | Craig Nies
Renowned pianist Craig Nies is Associate Professor of Piano at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music.  He has performed with 10 Pulitzer Prize winning composers, and members of the Mendelssohn, Franciscan, Alexander, Audubon, and Blair String Quartets, and members of the New York Woodwind Quintet. Dr. Nies recently completed an 8-concert recital series featuring the complete sonatas of Mozart and Schubert, as well as Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Between 2001 and 2003 he performed the complete violin and cello sonatas of Beethoven with members of the Blair String Quartet and Blakemore Trio. While teaching at Yale, he performed the complete solo works of Debussy, which were broadcast on National Public Radio. Dr. Nies has been on the piano faculty at Vanderbilt University since 1991, serving as co-chair of the piano department for 14 years. Prior to that, he was an adjunct Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Music for 6 years. Along with radio and television appearances in the U.S., Dr. Nies has appeared on television and radio in England, Russia, and Germany.  He joined the faculty of Brevard Music Center in 2006.
About Brevard Music Center | Summer Festival and Institute
Performances as captivating as the view. This is Brevard. Be Inspired. Be Here. 
Founded 80 years ago, Brevard Music Center has matured into one of the country’s premier summer classical music training programs and festivals. More than 400 gifted students, ages 14 through post-college, come to the Music Center each year from all across the US and around the world to study with a distinguished faculty and renowned guest artists.
Each summer, students participate in a vigorous program of instruction and performance led by Artistic Director and alumnus Keith Lockhart, also Principal Conductor of the Boston Pops and the BBC Concert Orchestra in London.
Brevard’s hallmark is the powerful sense of community that re-emerges every June through August as faculty and students present more than 80 remarkable concerts to summer audiences totaling 30,000.
For more information on BMC, visit brevardmusic.org, call (828) 862-2100, “like” the Brevard Music Center on Facebook, follow @brevardmusic on Twitter, and visit the Brevard Music Center YouTube channel for performance videos from previous festival seasons.

New Belgium Brewing’s Clips Beer and Film Tour Traveling Coast to Coast in 2016

Monday, March 21st, 2016

ASHEVILLE NC – New Belgium Brewing’s 2016 Clips Beer and Film Tour is traveling across the U.S. in 2016, celebrating the brewery’s 25th anniversary while raising money for local nonprofits. This year three new cities join the line-up: Oakland, CA; St. Petersburg, FL; and Philadelphia, PA. The tour kicks off in Bloomington, IN on May 20th and concludes in Philly on October 21st. This is the seventh year for Clips, which is a free event, with all proceeds from beer sales going to local nonprofits. Since its inception in 2010, Clips has raised $659,000 for nonprofit organizations, including more than $150,000 last year.

“We have been working with many of our Clips partners for seven years and we are excited to celebrate New Belgium’s 25th anniversary with all of our non-profit friends across the country, along with everyone who comes out to enjoy a wonderful night of beers and films,” said Christie Catania, Clips national special events manager. “We will set up in great local parks, including a few new stops, to benefit some amazing beneficiaries. This year you can expect more games, new unique beers, and a film line-up only available at Clips. It is going to be a great year! Come out and play with us!”

Local beneficiary volunteers serve up the beer with close to 20 different New Belgium offerings on tap, available in 3-ounce samples, 12-ounce pours, or cans. Food from local vendors will also be available.

New Belgium, promoters of environmental stewardship, encourages attendees to think twice about throwing away trash, with a significant amount of waste diverted from landfills at each stop. In addition, all locations will have bike valet, encouraging people to ride their bike to the showings.

2016 Clips Beer & Film Tour will roll through each of the following cities:

Bloomington, IN                    May 20                       Bryan Park
Madison, WI                          June 2                         Olin Park
Kansas City, MO                   June 9                          Theis Park
Boulder, Colo.                       July 8                          Valmont Disc Golf Park
Grand Rapids, MI                  July 15                        Ah-Nab-Awen Park
Colorado Springs, Colo.        July 21                        America the Beautiful Park
Seattle, WA                            July 29                        Gas Works Park
Sacramento, CA                     August 12                   Southside Park
Oakland, CA                           August 19                  Mosswood Park
Asheville, NC                         August 26                  Pack Square Park: Roger McGuire Green
Reston, VA                              September 16            Reston Town Center
Columbus, OH                        September 23            Columbus Commons
St. Petersburg, FL                   September 30            Morean Arts Center for Clay
Charleston, SC                        October 6                  Marion Square
Atlanta, GA                            October 14                 Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark Field
Philadelphia, PA                     October 21                 23rd Street Armory

For the latest information on Clips, go to NewBelgium.com/Clips. For more information on New Belgium Brewing, visit NewBelgium.com.

About New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews thirteen year-round beers; Citradelic Tangerine IPA, Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Slow Ride Session IPA, Snapshot Wheat, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Blue Paddle Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel and a gluten-reduced line, Glutiny Pale Ale and Glutiny Golden Ale. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com.

Tap Show and Brass Band Diana Wortham Theatre

Monday, March 21st, 2016

ASHEVILLE NC – Critically Acclaimed Dance Troupe Rhythmic Circus Brings Energetic Tap Show Feet Don’t Fail Me Now! to Diana Wortham Theatre, Thursday & Friday March 31st & April 1st at 8PM

Winner of Edinburgh Festival’s “Spirit of the Fringe” award in 2012, Rhythmic Circus brings its genre-hopping music and hard-hitting percussive dance to the Diana Wortham Theatre stage Thursday and Friday, March 31 and April 1, at 8:00 p.m.

Rhythmic Circus’ explosive show FEET DON’T FAIL ME NOW! premiered in August 2008 at the Ritz Theatre in Minneapolis, the hometown of the dance troupe, and was created out of a desire to get people back in touch with the spirit of celebration. The name of the show comes from an old New Orleans chant dating back to the 1900s. The group’s dancers and founders joined forces with the fantastic musicians from the popular band, Twin Cities, for the first time, and together they integrated an inventive style of rapid-fire tap with a variety of musical genres to create a show reflective of the power of the human spirit. Soon after, the homegrown hoofers hit the road with a trunk full of tap shoes, funky costumes and a big brass band. Adding to the fun and the funk is Aaron “Heatbox” Heaton, the human beatbox, who joins the band in accompanying each tap, shuffle, and stomp with a clang, riff and refrain.

Rhythmic Circus has grown into an international sensation since debuting at a small theatre in northeast Minneapolis, touring more than 100 cities worldwide thus far in its career. No stranger to the spotlight, the company recently competed on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, was featured on Twin City Public Television’s MN Original, collaborated with Vocal Essence in Witness: A Tribute to Duke Ellington at the Ordway Performing Arts Center, and appeared in the Crash Bang Boom! Festival at the Minnesota Orchestra Hall.

Rhythmic Circus’s success has been marked by rave reviews and numerous awards, including two SAGE Awards for Outstanding Ensemble and Performance, two Upper Midwest Emmys, and the honor of being named “Best Dance Performance” by Minneapolis’ City Pages.

Under Artistic Director Ricci Milan and Executive Director Nick Bowman, Rhythmic Circus includes dancers Ricci Milan, Galen Higgins, Kaleena Miller, and Justin Lewis. The musicians of Rhythmic Circus include guitarist David Feily, beatboxer Aaron “Heatbox” Heaton, keys player Cornell Blanchard, drummer Patrick Nelson, bassist Dan Ristrom, saxophonist Peter Vircks, and trumpeter Aaron Wiener.

Rhythmic Circus’s Asheville performances are made possible by Performance Sponsors William Hilson & Nancy Houha, and PNC Bank; and by Mainstage Special Attractions Series Sponsors Henry LaBrun and BMW of Asheville; with additional support provided by Media Sponsor The Laurel of Asheville.

The entrance for the Diana Wortham Theatre is marked by the location of the theatre’s marquee between 12 and 14 Biltmore Avenue. Patrons enter the theatre through the breezeway between Marble Slab Creamery and White Duck Taco, and into a large interior courtyard with multiple glass doors to the theatre’s main lobby and box office. The intimate theatre seats just over 500 and boasts exceptional acoustics and sightlines, making it the premier performance space in Western North Carolina. The Mainstage Series is supported by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency. The 2015/2016 Mainstage Season Sponsors are the Asheville Scene, Blue Moon Water, Creative Energy, the North Carolina Arts Council, 67 Biltmore Downtown Eatery & Catering, and the Renaissance Asheville Hotel. To obtain more information or to purchase tickets, call the theatre’s box office at (828) 257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.com.

Star Soprano Angela Brown Joins Asheville Symphony for Verdi’s Requiem

Monday, March 21st, 2016

ASHEVILLE NC – One of the stars of the opera world makes her Asheville Symphony debut Saturday, April 16 in a performance of Verdi’s Requiem, the highlight of the ASO’s sixth Masterworks concert of the season.

Angela Brown, who has received rave reviews for her performances on the Metropolitan Opera stage, joins the ASO, Asheville Symphony Chorus, and Music Director Daniel Meyer for the concert, which begins at 8 p.m. in Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. Brown was originally scheduled to make her Asheville debut on the symphony’s opening night in September 2015, but was forced to cancel due to illness.

In her stellar career Angela Brown has performed with dozens of opera companies, classical and pops orchestras, and in recitals around the world. While opera is the main catalyst for her career, Brown’s performance career includes everything from star hostess on stage, to producer and creator of the witty and inspired “Opera…from a Sistah’s Point of View,” a trailblazing educational show that dispels the common myths of opera from Brown’s own sassy perspective, and has gained international notoriety for bringing opera to the masses.

Joining Brown in the monumental Verdi Requiem are rising opera stars Dawn Pierce, mezzo-soprano; Dinyar Vania, tenor; and Timothy Jones, bass-baritone.

“This program commemorates the ways in which music, in the face of tragedy can soothe the soul and uplift the spirit,” says ASO Music Director Daniel Meyer. “Verdi’s Requiem, based on the Latin text from the Requiem Mass, is replete with the qualities you expect from Italy’s most celebrated composer—soaring, memorable melodies, powerful sonics, and an indelibly Romantic spirit.”

The concert will open with the heartbreaking Memorial to Lidice, by Czech composer Martinů. He wrote the piece upon hearing of the massacre of every man in the tiny Czech town of Lidice at the hand of the Nazis in World War II.

“This touching piece as an elegy to the souls who lost their lives in this brutal event,” says Meyer.

Single tickets for all concerts are $22 – $62 depending on seating section; reduced youth pricing is available. Single tickets and season ticket packages can be purchased at www.ashevillesymphony.org, by calling 828-254-7046, or in person at the U.S. Cellular Center box office at 87 Haywood Street.

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra performs and promotes symphonic music for the benefit, enjoyment and education of the people of Western North Carolina. The ASO presents concerts in the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center. Related organizations include the Asheville Symphony Guild, Asheville Symphony Chorus, Asheville Symphonettes, and education initiatives such as the Asheville Buncombe Youth Orchestra, Music in the Schools, MusicWorks!, Spotlight on Young Musicians, Symphony Talks and pre-concert lectures.

Award-winning Irish band Dervish plays Diana Wortham Theatre Friday March 25

Monday, March 21st, 2016

ASHEVILLE NC – Award-winning Irish Band Dervish brings traditional tunes to Diana Wortham Theatre, Friday, March 25, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

Diana Wortham Theatre is pleased to host a returning favorite of Celtic music, internationally renowned Irish band Dervish, Friday, March 25, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. Currently comprised of Liam Kelly, Shane Mitchell, Brian McDonagh, Michael Holmes, and Cathy Jordan, the band will also be joined by Tom Morrow playing the fiddle.

Dervish performances range from high energy tunes to beautifully measured songs with all the elements drawn together by traditional Irish instruments and Roscommon-born singer Cathy Jordan’s incredible vocals and powerful stage presence.

The band first formed in 1989 when musicians Liam Kelly, Shane Mitchell, Martin McGinley, Brian McDonagh and Michael Holmes, first came together to record an album of local Irish music, released under the name The Boys of Sligo. The success of that project quickly brought their informal weekly practice sessions in local pubs to recording sessions and performances at larger venues. The small neighborhood group became a full-fledged band, named Dervish for a group of spiritual people who become enraptured by music.

Jordan and all-Ireland champion fiddler Shane McAleer joined the band in 1991, just in time to record and produce Dervish’s album Harmony Hill.  Following its release, Dervish became, and has remained, one of the most sought-after traditional Irish bands on the live music circuit.

The group has also been a frequent collaborator over the years with other musicians working with traditional Irish music, participating in special tours with other forerunners in the genre, and was even recruited by the Irish government to accompany its trade officials on a mission to China. In 2001, exactly a decade after the release of its first album, Dervish was awarded the Freedom of the Borough of Sligo by the Sligo City Council in recognition of its international artistic achievements and dedication to promoting local heritage through its many tours and collaborations.

Some of Dervish’s more recent work has been part of the newly developed James Grant/EMI Play music library in London writing compositions for TV and film projects. The musicians were also honored to provide music for a hit Irish movie, Calvary, released in late 2012. Dervish’s most recent album, The Thrush in The Storm, was released in April 2013.

Dervish is presented in partnership with The Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College, and is made possible by Mainstage Celtic Series Sponsors Don and Nancy Ackermann Cole, Dr. Alan and Suzanne Escovitz, and Arby’s; with additional support from Media Sponsor WNCW 88.7 FM.

The entrance for the Diana Wortham Theatre is marked by the location of the theatre’s marquee between 12 and 14 Biltmore Avenue. Patrons enter the theatre through the breezeway between Marble Slab Creamery and White Duck Taco, and into a large interior courtyard with multiple glass doors to the theatre’s main lobby and box office. The intimate theatre seats just over 500 and boasts exceptional acoustics and sightlines, making it the premier performance space in Western North Carolina. The Mainstage Series is supported by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency. The Mainstage Series 2015/2016 Season Sponsors are the Asheville Scene, Blue Moon Water, Creative Energy, 67 Biltmore Downtown Eatery and Catering, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Renaissance Asheville Hotel. To obtain more information on the Mainstage Series or to purchase tickets, call the theatre’s box office at (828) 257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.com.

61st Annual Easter Sunrise Service at Chimney Rock

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Easter Chimney Rock AshevilleASHEVILLE NC – On Easter morning, the public is invited to witness the sun ascend over Lake Lure at Chimney Rock’s 61st Annual Easter Sunrise Service. The service attracts more than 1,000 early risers from around the Southeast each year, with last year’s event drawing a record crowd of nearly 1,500. The interdenominational community celebration on March 27 includes live spiritual music by local musicians, an inspirational message and — with a little help from above — a beautiful sunrise with 75-mile views.

Admission to the service, which is held rain or shine, is free to the public. The Park gate will open from 5-6am for the 7am service. Guest are encouraged to come early; no one can be admitted past the gate after 6am so that everyone is able to be at the service by 7am. Sunrise Service guests who present their bulletin at the Ticket Plaza can return to the Park at no admission for the day on Sunday, March 27. The Ticket Plaza is open seven days a week for its regular peak season hours, which began March 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30pm; once you’re in the Park, you can stay and enjoy the views until 7pm.

“If you’re looking for powerful inspiration and a sense of community, this is it. Our annual Easter Sunrise Service is a special tradition for our guests — a memorable event for the entire family,” said Mary Jaeger-Gale, General Manager at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park.

Fr. Wes Shields, pastor of The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in Bat Cave NC, will deliver the inspirational message, and Pastor David MacEachern of Bat Cave Baptist Church is coordinating the service, with participation from other area pastors. The Easter service will feature bagpipes and special live music sung by local musicians. It will air live from 7-7:30am on 1450 WHKP-AM Radio and be rebroadcast at noon for those unable to attend.

Attendees are invited to a breakfast buffet at the Old Rock Café after the service from 7-11am for only $9.99 for adults and $5.99 for children ages 10 and under, excluding beverages.

Limited parking is available in the top lot with additional parking on the Meadows. Shuttle buses will transport guests between the Meadows and top lot. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early, dress warmly and bring a flashlight.

About Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is a still-developing international outdoor destination located 25 miles southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. It is recognized as one of the Southeast’s most iconic sites and popular travel destinations. The Park’s 535-million-year-old monolith called Chimney Rock can be accessed via a 499-step Outcroppings Trail and offers guests 75-mile panoramic views of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. The Park features one of the highest waterfalls of its kind east of the Mississippi River, Hickory Nut Falls, at 404 feet. Hickory Nut Gorge, one of the state’s most significant centers of biodiversity, is home to 36 rare plant species and 14 rare animal species. The Rumbling Bald section of the greater State Park off of Boys Camp Road in Chimney Rock is the only other area of the Park that is currently open to the public. A destination for travel groups, weddings and special events, the Chimney Rock section of the Park also hosts innovative educational programs for schools, homeschoolers, scouts and summer camps. Chimney Rock will celebrate NC State Parks’ centennial year in 2016 with special events and programs throughout the year. Visit Chimney Rock’s website at chimneyrockpark.com.

Venture Asheville Jobs Board Introduces New Feature for Startups and Tech

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Venture Jobs AshevilleASHEVILLE NC – Looking for a fast-paced, exciting career in Asheville‘s expanding tech and startup scene? Check out recent job openings at RISC Networks, AvL Technologies, FLS Energy, DoctorDirectory.com, and Mission Health on the Venture Asheville Job Board.

A new feature added recently enables job seekers to sign up to receive weekly email alerts for new tech and startup jobs in Asheville, NC.

Venture Asheville curates and promotes more than 50 of the best and latest Asheville job openings focused in technology/IT, marketing, operations, and management. The job board, which has become the most visited webpage on VentureAsheville.com, was used by 1,400 job seekers and entrepreneurs last month, and that number is increasing rapidly.

In 2015, startups and tech companies hired talent for 93 jobs in Asheville, NC listed on the job board, which received over 17,000 visits from job seekers.

“Job growth is a key indicator that Asheville’s startup community is advancing. We’ve seen increasing success for startups and technology companies that post openings on our job board. They’re finding and hiring qualified candidates faster,” said Josh Dorfman, Director of Entrepreneurship at Venture Asheville.

Venture Asheville’s mission is to help catalyze high-growth ventures by connecting local high-growth entrepreneurs to talent via the job board and tech job fairs, to mentors via Venture Asheville Elevate, and to investors via Asheville Angels. It also provides educational programming and strategically supports events like One Million Cups Asheville and Startup Grind Asheville.

High-growth ventures and tech companies across Asheville and Buncombe County are welcome to submit their job openings to the Venture Asheville Job Board to recruit and hire talent. The term “high-growth” refers to companies that have rapidly scalable business models and are pursuing regional and national markets.

Venture Asheville is the entrepreneurship arm of the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County and the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce. With a mission to catalyze Asheville’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, Venture Asheville connects high-growth entrepreneurs with startup funding, mentors and talent to scale their ventures. It acts as a hub for startup resources and education. Venture Asheville brings visibility to Asheville’s unique startups and talent pool and shares those stories within the local community and with the wider global marketplace. Learn more at www.ventureasheville.com.

Asheville Symphony Music Director Daniel Meyer to Conclude Tenure in 2018

Monday, March 21st, 2016
ASHEVILLE NC – The Asheville Symphony announced Tuesday that Music Director and Conductor Daniel Meyer will conclude his tenure with the ASO following the 2017-18 season. In 2015, Meyer signed a contract extension, which includes conducting a full 2016-17 season and a reduced schedule in 2017-18.
Meyer, who is in his 11th season with the ASO, has led the organization through a period of unmatched artistic growth in his continuing commitment to the rich arts life of Asheville. The ASO has expanded its audience and reach, supports a biennial Asheville Amadeus festival, executes a thriving education and community engagement program, and has gained a national reputation for its artistic initiatives.
“Daniel Meyer has guided the Asheville Symphony to new heights, and we are lucky to have had him in Asheville for as long as we have,” said ASO Board President Irene Stoll. “More than ever, the Asheville community is engaged with the Symphony, and we credit Daniel’s energy, creativity and spirit for that achievement. We thank him for his dedication to our organization.”
“I am deeply proud of the talented and dedicated musicians of the Asheville Symphony and of the bond we have formed both artistically and personally over my tenure,” Meyer said. “Together we have attracted and can now boast a committed, passionate following who can appreciate and support adventurous programming alongside beautifully performed core repertoire.”
The ASO will undergo a search process to find the orchestra’s next music director, with the goal of having that person in place in 2019. Guest conductors will appear as part of the search for some concerts during upcoming seasons. A search committee will be announced later this year and will include ASO musicians, board members and general community members.
The Asheville Symphony will celebrate Meyer’s tenure in 2016-17 with programming that includes an all-Tchaikovsky celebration, a New Year’s Eve performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, an all-American program including Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and a season-finale concert that includes Mahler’s Symphony No. 1.
“I will miss the wonderful musicians and audience members who have been such an integral part of my tenure with the ASO,” Meyer said. “I fully expect these next two seasons as music director to celebrate what we have achieved together in Asheville, and point us towards continued success.”
Meyer has developed new Young People’s programs for thousands of area schoolchildren, appears as a regular guest on WCQS radio, and frequently presents to local schools and civic clubs.  His Symphony Talks at UNCA’s Reuter Center are popular community events, during which he previews the upcoming concert. During Meyer’s tenure he has championed works of highly regarded contemporary composers and has invited a range of soloists from rising stars to those of an international caliber.
Meyer also serves as the music director of the Erie Philharmonic and Artistic Director of the Westmoreland Symphony. He began the 2015-16 season leading concerts with the Indianapolis Symphony and the Wuerttembergische Philharmonie in Germany, followed by concerts with the Tonkuenstler Orchestra in Vienna and a return to the Pittsburgh Symphony. In the spring, Meyer returns to the Wiener Jeunesse Orchestra to lead performances in Vienna and Salzburg.
“I am so fortunate to have had Daniel in place as music director when I arrived in Asheville three years ago,” Asheville Symphony Executive Director David Whitehill said. “He is one of the reasons I came here, and it was clear from when I first arrived what he has meant to our organization and our community. He has been a wonderful and inspirational partner to work with. Daniel is a highly sought-after conductor with multiple orchestras nationally and internationally, and I am certain the next stage of his career will bring him exciting new challenges and opportunities.”

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra performs and promotes symphonic music for the benefit, enjoyment and education of the people of Western North Carolina. The ASO presents concerts in the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center. Related organizations include the Asheville Symphony Guild, Asheville Symphony Chorus, Asheville Symphonettes, and education initiatives such as the Asheville Buncombe Youth Orchestra, Music in the Schools, MusicWorks!, Spotlight on Young Musicians, Symphony Talk and pre-concert lectures.