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PICTURES at an EXHIBITION – John Cobb and the Red Herring Puppets

Performed by pianist John Cobb and the Red Herring Puppets

with additional piano compositions by Alexander Schwarzkopf

Diana Wortham Theatre, June 4th, 2017 at 3:00 pm.

TICKETS $18 (Students $15)   828-257-4530


Renowned concert pianist John Cobb and The Red Herring Puppets collaborate on a unique blend of sound and sight.  They will present an original shadow puppet play to Mussorgsky’s masterwork.  Poetic animated imagery enhances the delicate and powerful musical score.   In addition, pianist Alexander Schwarzkopf will play  Debussy’s “Estampes”, and his original compositions, “Dialogues” and “Recycled Wheels”.

Dr. John Cobb is an international performer and recording artist known for his broad interpretive range and technical command. The New York Times has praised his “solid technique, bronze tone and flexibility of interpretive style.” The Chicago Daily News commented, “the vibrations that filled the hall were less those of the piano than those of an exquisite musical mind.”  In addition to his notable solo performances, Dr. Cobb has collaborated with renowned artists such as The New York Philomusica, and Joel Smirnoff, former first violinist with the Juilliard String Quartet. Among Dr. Cobb’s local appearances was his performance of Samuel Barber’s piano concerto with the Asheville Symphony, and frequent performances on the Piano Forte concert series at the Asheville Art Museum.

Lisa Sturz’s Red Herring Puppets is a full time professional puppet company working in film, theatre, education, and special events. Their work has received an UNIMA citation of excellence (the highest honor in American puppetry) a California Emmy, and grants from the Jim Henson Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Puppeteers of America.  They have worked with the Chicago Lyric Opera, The Jacobs School of Music, the Atlanta Opera, the Asheville Symphony, Walt Disney Imagineering, Jim Henson Productions, Lucasfilm, PBS, NBC, ABC, UNC-TV, The Ice Capades, the Field Museum, the Shedd Aquarium, Silver Dollar Theme Park, and many more.

 Alexander J. Schwarzkopf was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Alexander has been a featured artist in concert and masterclasses throughout the United States, Brazil, Germany and Italy, where he was a finalist at the Val Tidone “Silvio Bengalli International Piano Competition.”  Alexander has held positions such as Visiting Artist on the Piano Faculty at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and faculty appointments in Germany among others. Alexander has recorded on the Centaur Records label. Alexander holds the degree Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of Oregon, and currently lives in Eugene, Oregon. 



Lisa Aimee Sturz

Red Herring Puppets

130 Lynn Cove Rd

Asheville, NC 28804


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