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Performing Arts, Music

Asheville and Western North Carolina are wonderful places for the arts.
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*WHAT’S UP: WNC Organic Growers Upcoming Events and Programs – Spring Conference

Organic Growers School is the premiere provider of practical and affordable organic education in the Southern Appalachians, building a vibrant food & farming community by boosting the success of organic home growers and farmers in our region. Our hands-on training, workshops, conferences and partnerships inspire, educate, and support people to farm, garden, and live organically.


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*FEATURE: REGIONAL PERFORMING ARTISTS and friends of SheVille – So, why is performance art important, you ask?

In the closing decades of the 20th century, performing arts critics became increasingly despondent about the longevity of these art forms. Many believed that the performing arts would gradually become obsolete, thanks to the rise of the TV and also of the early Internet. The critics stated that the arts would become as relevant to 21st-century society as string quartets were to their own time, and believed that gradually, the performing arts world would become unfashionable and little used by society.


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AMICI MUSIC – Music Among Friends in Asheville, Baltimore, Boston/Cape Cod & Florida

AmiciMusic is a chamber music organization based in Asheville, NC and Baltimore, MD, dedicated to performing the highest quality chamber music in intimate venues and non-traditional spaces. We are committed to breaking down barriers between performers and audiences by setting up a more relaxed and informal atmosphere at concerts and through informative talks about each composer’s life before each piece is played.


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PAN HARMONIA World-Class Chamber Music • Authentic • Local

Now in its 20th season, Pan Harmonia offers a mosaic of concerts, community outreach and educational residencies and enjoys taking its music out of the concert hall and into spaces all around the community — from art galleries and historic churches to prisons and homeless shelters. Its musicians believe in social justice through arts access and enjoy bringing high-quality performances to audiences of all ages and socioeconomic strata. Directed by flutist Kate Steinbeck, Asheville, NC’s award-winning chamber music repertory company has been nationally recognized for its artistic excellence and creative vision.


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A Message from Steve Lloyd – To all of our patrons, volunteers, actors, directors and supporters

The past two weeks have been very difficult for us all.  Exactly two weeks ago we had a finance committee meeting and I was asked what would be the worst case scenario of this health crisis.  My answer seemed impossible but I replied that we would shut down, everyone would be laid off, including me, the theater would be moth balled and we would hope to preserve as much of our capital as possible so we would have the ability to reopen when the time came. 


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SHE LOVED HORSES: Thea & The Green Man new CD release

She Loved Horses, by Thea, is a new CD release of heart-opening songs with emotional impact and spiritual roots by an award-winning, singer-songwriter. Thea spent her early childhood barefoot among the Seminole Indians on the banks of the Miami River, and all of her childhood summers in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina where she currently resides in Asheville. These influences, along with her abiding love of nature, weave images of river, ocean, mountain and canyon through her songwriting.


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‘Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am’ review: Irresistible voice of beloved writer shines through

By Moira Macdonald at Seattle Times

The Nobel Prize-winning writer Toni Morrison has a voice like a warm blanket, and it spreads across the documentary “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” irresistibly; when it’s over, you feel like a beloved friend has left the room. In Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ film, Morrison is seated squarely facing the camera and speaking to it, while the other voices in the film – friends, fellow writers, critics, academics – are shot at a more traditional angle. The result is an intimate directness, a sense of a genuine conversation.


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Asheville Rhythm & Percussion Festival Info – See you summer 2020

Welcome Letter & Things You Need to Know (for next summer)

Hello Percussionists & Rhythm Lovers,

We are excited that you have chosen to attend our 8th Annual Asheville Percussion Festival 2019! Our world-class faculty creates a unique and inspiring musical experience for everyone involved. The mission of Asheville Rhythm is to provide a creative environment where percussionists of all traditions gather to explore, create and innovate.
All Workshops will be held at Odyssey Community School (90 Zillicoa St, Asheville, NC 28801)


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*PERFORMING ART: DANCING BEYOND THE GENDER BINARY – A Three-Part Series

DANCING BEYOND THE GENDER BINARY

Posted by Nancy Dobbs Owen

In this three-part series for LA Dance Chronicle, I am studying the various ways that bullying and gender interact, affecting leadership, individual success and failure, mental health, and representation in dance. If you are coming to this series fresh, you can read the introductory article here. The second piece looks at bullying and the gender gap in leadership. This final piece addresses gay, lesbian, gender fluid and queer representation in dance, both how dancers who don’t fit into the binary have been quashed and how the dance community is finally expanding and starting to include all voices and stories, both in and out of  mainstream companies.  CLICK FOR MORE


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THE ARTS: Face Masks, The Flute, Virtual Concerts and Simone Leigh

Simone Leigh’s practice incorporates sculpture, video, and installation; all are informed by her ongoing exploration of black female-identified subjectivity. Leigh works in a mode she describes as auto-ethnographic. Her objects often employ materials and forms traditionally associated with African art; her performance-influenced installations create spaces where historical precedent and self-determination commingle.

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From Plaster to Plastic, Artists Take Inventive Approaches to Face Masks

In Denver, an exhibition of artist-designed masks shows that face coverings are not only crucial to our health but can also offer unique means of self-expression.

by Hakim Bishara in Hyperallergic

Face masks in all forms and colors have become an essential part of our lives due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with no end in sight. And it’s partly because of the refusal of some to wear them that we continue to see a rise in COVID-19 infections in the United States and around the world. A new exhibition at the Vicki Myhren Gallery at the University of Denver comes to remind the nonbelievers and the COVID-fatigued among us that face masks are not only crucial to our health but that they can also be delightful means of self-expression. CLICK FOR MORE

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PanHarmoniaKatePAN HARMONIA  One more time! Porch Music Live, Tuesday Oct 27 @ 5 pm

Kate Steinbeck performs music for flute alone

The weather should be beautiful, so come on out to a historic Asheville neighborhood for some LIVE MUSIC!! Chairs will be provided and spaced apart per health guidelines. Masks required.

You are welcome to bring your own beverages and glasses and arrive anytime after 4:30.

Seating is limited to 25, so you must preregister.

Pan Harmonia  www.PanHarmonia.org    PO Box 18342   Asheville, NC 28814


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BLACK MOUNTAIN CENTER FOR THE ARTS: Art of Classes of All Kinds

We know that life continues to be turned upside down for so many folks in our community. The Black Mountain Center for the Arts wants to help fill needs our families may have as “returning to school” looks very different this fall. This newsletter features class options (new and returning) that will provide kids with enrichment through the arts and a safe and fun way to interact with peers.


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A New Album Re-Creates The Work Of The 1st Known Female Composers In America

By AVERY KEATLEY in NPR

Chris Herbert was in a hurry. The vocalist and musicologist was studying the Ephrata Codex — an 18th century music manuscript — in the Library of Congress, which meant he was on the clock. Herbert was working on digitizing the Codex. He flipped through the pages, taking pictures of each one, with no time to pause.

A few weeks later while on tour in Europe, he took time to examine his work and noticed something he hadn’t seen before. Zooming in on the images he’d hastily snapped in the Library of Congress, he saw names written in small font beside the musical compositions. Three of those names belonged to women: Sister Föben, Sister Katura and Sister Hanna. CLICK TO CONTINUE

Thanks to Linda Kooiker for offering this article.


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KATHRYN O’SHEA Presents Her Debut Full-Length Album, Entitled JANUARY 9TH

Asheville born and based singer/songwriter Kathryn O’Shea offers you her debut full-length album January 9th, which she describes as a “tribute to the dates we find impossible to forget.” 

Available for pre-order now on: kathrynoshea.bandcamp.com 

Available everywhere for streaming and download on Friday, April 10, 2020  www.kathrynosheamusic.com Name Your Price


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A Viral List of Hundreds of Opportunities for Artists, Compiled by One Person to Encourage Community

By Sarah Rose Sharp in Hyperallergic

Everest Pipkin has made public their “Big Artist Opportunities List” — a collection of over 400 opportunities for artists across the globe.

With the overwhelming reality that artists are expected to somehow maintain a practice, store and ship work, support their scene, self-promote, manage open accounts with galleries — all generally on spec, at least starting out — plus do whatever it takes to pay their bills, who has the time or bandwidth to keep track of opportunities to further one’s practice? 


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“Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play. “

Wise words from Philip Pullman, who received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2005:

Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play. If you don’t give a child food, the damage quickly becomes visible. If you don’t let a child have fresh air and play, the damage is also visible, but not so quickly. If you don’t give a child love, the damage might not be seen for some years, but it’s permanent.


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