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WCU School of Music Annual ‘Sounds of the Season’ Concert Dec 8

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – The School of Music at Western Carolina University will present its annual “Sounds of the Season” holiday concert, a performance featuring faculty and students in small chamber groups and larger ensembles, on Sunday, Dec. 8.

The concert will begin at 3 p.m. in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on the WCU campus.

This year’s program will include performances by the University Chorus and Concert Choir, accompanied by members of the Western Carolina Civic Orchestra and student and faculty musicians playing sections from Antonia Vivaldi’s “Gloria.”

The WCU Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band and Jazz Guitar Sextet, Percussion Ensemble, Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet, Saxophonic Quartet, Gamelan Angklung, Trombone Ensemble, Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble and Early Music Ensemble also will perform.

WCU student Garrett Pace will make a special appearance as he sings “My Grown Up Christmas List” accompanied by the Wind Ensemble, and Susan Belcher, wife of Chancellor David O. Belcher, will perform “Christmas Medley a la Mozart” with the WCU Concert Choir.

The Jackson County Children’s Choir, a group made up of 50 students from Fairview, Cullowhee Valley, Scotts Creek, Blue Ridge and Smokey Mountain elementary schools, also will take part in the show.

Santa will visit the Bardo Arts Center and lead everyone in a sing-a-long to close the program.

Reserved seat tickets are on sale now. Prices are $15 for adults; $10 for WCU faculty, staff and those aged 60 and older; and $5 for students and children. All proceeds benefit the School of Music Scholarship Fund.

For tickets or information, visit the website bardoartscenter.wcu.edu or call 828-227-2479.

New Jazz in the Forum at Diana Wortham Theatre

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Diana Wortham Theatre in partnership with Steinway Artist Michael Jefry Stevens announces a new Jazz in The Forum Concert Series. The inaugural concert, “Celebrating the Genius of Bill Evans and Thelonious Monk,” is Saturday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m. and features Stevens performing selections from the songbooks of Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans, including Monk’s famous “Round Midnight” and the beautiful Evans jazz standard, “Waltz for Debbie.” All pianists performing in this jazz concert series play Diana Wortham Theatre’s Hamburg Steinway Model B.

This three concert series, presented in The Forum at Diana Wortham Theatre, is patterned after Concord Record’s now historical “Live at the Maybeck Recital Hall” jazz piano concert series. For the 2013-2014 season:

• Steinway Artist Michael Jefry Stevens kicks off the new Jazz in The Forum Concert Series with his concert, “Celebrating the Genius of Bill Evans and Thelonious Monk.” Saturday, September 14, 2013, 7:30 p.m. The Forum at Diana Wortham Theatre. Tickets: Adults $20 in advance or $25 day-of-show; Students & Children 12 and under $15; Package for entire three-concert series $51. Tickets/Info: (828) 257-4530 or online at www.dwtheatre.com.

• The Jazz in The Forum Concert Series presents “Now and Then: A Journey Through a Century of Great Solo Piano Jazz” featuring Dr. William Bares. Friday, November 22, 2013, 7:30 p.m. The Forum at Diana Wortham Theatre. Tickets: Adults $20 in advance or $25 day-of-show; Students & Children 12 and under $15; Package for entire three-concert series $51. Tickets/Info: (828) 257-4530 or online at www.dwtheatre.com.

• The Jazz in The Forum Concert Series presents “Dual View: An Evening of Jazz Piano Originals and Favorites” featuring Pavel Wlosok. Saturday, February 15, 2014, 7:30 p.m. The Forum at Diana Wortham Theatre. Tickets: Adults $20 in advance or $25 day-of-show; Students & Children 12 and under $15; Package for entire three-concert series $51. Tickets/Info: (828) 257-4530 or online at www.dwtheatre.com.

Over the past 40 years, pianist/composer Michael Jefry Stevens has been associated with some of the most important figures in modern jazz, including Dave Douglas, Mark Feldman, Charles Moffett, Dave Liebman and his long time bassist and collaborator, Joe Fonda. Stevens has been on the forefront of the New York and international improvised music scene, performing in Germany, France, Belgium, Switzerland, as well as Argentina, Mexico, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. He has released over 80 CDs of his original music and composed over 400 works for various ensembles, including big band, string quartet, music for voice, music for solo instruments and various small group compositions. For more information on Michael Jefry Stevens, and to listen to his music, please visit his web site at: michaeljefrystevens.com.

Dr. William Bares, performing November 22, 2013, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College, a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Miami, and a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Harvard University, where he studied with Ingrid Monson, the Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music. Bares spent ten years performing and researching jazz in Europe, and his book Eternal Triangle: American Jazz in European Postmodern is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. Bares is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Music at University of North Carolina Asheville.

Czech pianist, composer, arranger, and educator Pavel Wlosok, performing February 15, 2014, received his classical education in piano performance and composition at the Conservatory of Music in Ostrava in the classes of Zdenek Pecek and Igor Katajev, and in the class of Arnost Parsch at the Janáček Academy of Music (JAMU) in Brno, Czech Republic. He obtained his bachelor and master degrees in jazz studies at the University of North Texas in Denton, where he studied composition with Cindy McTee, jazz piano with Dan Haerle, and classical piano with Adam Wodnicki.

The new entrance for the Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place is marked by the location of the theatre’s new marquee between 12 and 14 Biltmore Avenue. Patrons enter the theatre through the breezeway between Marble Slab Creamery and Circle in the Square restaurants, and into a large interior courtyard for Pack Place with multiple glass doors to the theatre’s lower lobby and new box office. The Jazz in The Forum Concert Series events take place in The Forum off of the main lobby of Diana Wortham Theatre. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the theatre’s box office at (828) 257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.com.


Rising Country Star Kacey Musgraves to Perform at WCU

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Rising country music star Kacey Musgraves will perform in concert Saturday, Oct. 26, as part of Homecoming weekend activities at Western Carolina University.

Musgraves, who performed Monday, Aug. 12, on the nationally televised Country Music Association’s “Country’s Night to Rock,” will take the stage at 9 p.m. in the Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center. Opening acts will be announced later.

Tickets for the concert go on sale at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Ramsey Center box office.

After releasing three albums independently in her early teens, Musgraves appeared on the fifth season of the USA Network’s singing competition “Nashville Star” in 2007. She joined country supergroup Lady Antebellum on its “Own the Night” tour in 2012 in the United Kingdom. She also signed that year with Mercury Records, releasing her solo debut single “Merry Go ‘Round.”

The single is included on her first Mercury album, “Same Trailer, Different Park,” which was released in March of this year, debuting at the top of the country album charts. She is nominated for four awards at the 48th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, including female vocalist of the year and top new female vocalist.

“Blowing Smoke,” the second single from her debut album, currently is climbing the country music charts.

National Public Radio called Musgraves “country’s blunt and poetic new voice,” while Rolling Stone magazine praised her for a “songwriting voice you won’t hear anywhere else in pop: young, female, downwardly mobile, fiercely witty.”

Arena seat tickets for the Oct. 26 show are $15 for WCU students and $20 for all others if purchased in advance. Floor seat tickets are $20 for WCU students and $25 for all others if purchased in advance. Tickets purchased on day-of-show are $20 for arena seats, $25 for floor seats.

For more information, visit the Ramsey Center’s website ramsey.wcu.edu, or call 828-227-7677. The concert is sponsored by WCU’s Department of Residential Living and the A.K. Hinds University Center.

Biltmore’s 16th Annual Concert Series

Monday, May 21st, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – See a show under the stars during Biltmore’s 16th annual concert series, kicking off on Aug. 9. A mix of Grammy-winning and contemporary Christian artists highlight the series, with views of Biltmore House and the Blue Ridge Mountains as an unforgettable backdrop. Performances will be staged on the South Terrace of Biltmore House and Diana at Biltmore. All concerts start at 8 p.m.

Tickets sales begin in May. For more information and a schedule of on-sale dates, visit www.biltmore.com/concerts

The full Biltmore Concert Series line-up is:

Steve Miller Band, Aug. 9 on the South Terrace
Peter Frampton, Aug.11 on the South Terrace
KC and the Sunshine Band and Village People, Aug. 18 on the South Terrace
Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, Aug.24 on the South Terrace
Chris Tomlin, Aug. 25 on the South Terraces
Foreigner, Sept. 1 on the South Terrace
The Lettermen, Sept. 28 at Diana at Biltmore
David Cassidy in Concert, Oct. 5 at Diana at Biltmore
Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Oct. 12 at Diana at Biltmore
Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Oct. 19 at Diana at Biltmore

A variety of ticket, dining and accommodations packages are available for all of the concerts. Tickets do not include or require estate admission. Performers and dates are subject to change. Biltmore Twelve-Month Passholders receive a discount on general admission and reserved seating. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.biltmore.com/concerts, or call 866-336-1255.

WCU ‘Sounds of the Season’ Concert December 4

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

CULLOWHEE NC – Western Carolina University student and faculty musicians and vocalists will join with the Smoky Mountain High School Show Choir, the Western Carolina Community Chorus and the Western Carolina Civic Orchestra in presenting the annual “Sounds of the Season” fundraising concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

All proceeds from the event will be used to provide scholarships for WCU music students. “With recent cuts from the state Legislature, the School of Music has only about two-thirds of the scholarship funds it had four years ago, so the funds raised from this concert are critical to the success of our students and the many wonderful live programs we have throughout the year,” said Will Peebles, director of the School of Music.

WCU ensembles taking part in the concert include the Concert Choir and University Chorus, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet and Early Music Ensemble. Other WCU musicians will be featured on clarinet, flute, percussion, angklung and saxophone.

The one-and-a-half-hour program will include an intermission and a visit from Santa Claus.

Tickets are $15 for the general public; $10 for WCU faculty and staff, and seniors; and $5 for students and children. Tickets are available at the door or in advance by calling the Bardo Center box office at 828-227-2479.

For more general information, contact the School of Music at 828-227-7242.

Adele Cancels Asheville Concert, Remainder of 2011 Tour

Friday, October 28th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – The singer Adele has canceled her remaining live dates and promotional appearances in 2011 to undergo throat surgery.

Ticket holders for all canceled live dates will receive a refund at the point of purchase.

Adele had been scheduled to perform at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium earlier this month.

The Asheville Civic Center’s ticket office is open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays, and at noon on days with scheduled events.

For refund information, call:

Ticket Office: 828-259-5736

Business Office: 828-259-5763

For more information about Adele, contact Benny Tarantini at Columbia Records by phone at 212-833-5858 or email [email protected].


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Diana Wortham Theatre’s Fall Benefit Concert

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – The 11th Fall Benefit Concert at Diana Wortham Theatre October 30, 2011 at 3 pm. An 11th Anniversary Celebration featuring outstanding pianists from the AAPF and Guest Artists performing the Classics and Jazz in Solo, Two-Piano Music, and ensembles, including works by Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Bizet, Grieg, Rachmanioff, Bortkiewicz, Chaminade, Liebermann, Shirley, Takemitsu, Waller, and Berlin. Also featured are a Jazz Improvisation on American Standards for two piano plus several vocal and instrumental ensembles.  All ticket proceeds benefit AAPF Charitable and Educational Activities.

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Concert at UNCA with University Singers, Chamber Symphony and Reuter Center Singers

Monday, October 24th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – An afternoon of choral and orchestral music is in store when UNC Asheville‘s University Singers and University Chamber Symphony perform with the Reuter Center Singers from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, in UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. Admission to this concert is $5 at the door, and free to children and students with ID.

The University Singers, a large choral ensemble open to students, faculty, staff and community members, will be joined by the Reuter Center Singers, a chorus directed by Chuck Taft of more than 50 voices from the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement. This combined vocal ensemble will perform John Rutter’s “Requiem,” conducted by Melodie Galloway. Additional pieces will be played by the University Chamber Symphony, directed by Milton Crotts.

For more information, please contact UNC Asheville’s Music Department at 828.251.6432.

Radiohead Gets Jazz Treatment at UNC Asheville

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – UNC Asheville’s Jazz Big Band will perform five pieces by Radiohead, and the Studio 18 Vocal Jazz Ensemble will sing a mix of jazz, pop, and Broadway tunes, in a joint concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, in Lipinsky Auditorium on the campus.

UNC Asheville is one of several American campuses featuring Radiohead music and there are also special concerts in Germany this fall as part of the “Radiohead Jazz Project.” These concerts feature arrangements by an international team of jazz artists commissioned by project co-sponsors, the Frankfurt Radio Big Band and the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music.

William Bares, assistant professor of Music and bandleader, says the UNC Asheville Jazz Big Band chose the Radiohead tunes by popular vote. “These are pieces we feel a strong connection to,” said Bares, noting that Radiohead addresses political, environmental and cultural concerns shared by students. Says Bares: “We hope you will find our music moody, technologically intriguing, thought-provoking, and, above all, rocking!”

The concert will open with vocal music by UNC Asheville’s Studio 18 Vocal Jazz Ensemble, including the swing hit, “Hit Me with a Hot Note,” “Blue Skies,” and music from “Rent.” The ensemble, which features some of UNC Asheville’s best jazz vocalists, is directed by assistant professor Melodie Galloway.

Soumitra Lahiri to Perform Indian Classical Music at UNC Asheville

Monday, October 10th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – Award-winning sitar player Soumitra Lahiri and tabla player Samir Chatterjee will perform together in concert, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, at UNC Asheville‘s Lipinsky Auditorium. The concert offers a rare opportunity in Western North Carolina to hear top-level Indian musicians. The duo will perform Indian classical music blended with modern influences.

Lahiri, who has been playing since age seven, performs on guitar as well as sitar, and has been given “gold medal” and “best instrumentalist” awards in his native India, as well as a “top grade” award from All India Radio.

Chatterjee is active in the fusion of Indian and Western music, and has performed or recorded with many jazz artists including Branford Marsalis and Dave Douglas, and the late rock icon, Jerry Garcia.

Chatterjee has also accompanied many of India’s finest musicians, including Ravi Shankar, and he is the founder and director of CHHANDAYAN, an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving Indian music and culture. An educator for more than 30 years, Chatterjee is the author of “Music of India,” and “A Study of Tabla.”

Beginning at 7 p.m., early arrivals for the concert can sample Indian foods prepared by UNC Asheville students working with Keya Maitra, UNC Asheville associate professor of Philosophy, and Katherine Zubko, assistant professor of Religious Studies.

The concert is a production of UNC Asheville’s Office of Cultural Events & Special Academic Programs. Tickets are $20 for the public, $7 for all students, and $5 for UNC Asheville students. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Highsmith University Union box office, or online at www.uncatickets.com. For more information, go to cesap.unca.edu.

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