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Performing Arts, Music

Asheville and Western North Carolina are wonderful places for the arts.
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Something Old, Something New, Something Streaming, Something Live!

Shindig on the Green is a mainstay of summer in downtown Asheville. People gather to listen, jam, and perform traditional music on and around the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage. This year the gathering of people that makes Shinding so special is not an option, but Shinding and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival are streaming your way! Each Saturday the Shindig YouTube Channel and Facebook will stream a curated list of the most viewed videos from Shindigs past. The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, the oldest continuous folk festival in the country, will take place digitally August 6-8 and feature some of the top mountain music performers from western North Carolina.


WOMANSONG OF ASHEVILLE – Public Message Affirming the Rights of All People

Affirming the rights of ALL people and demonstrating care and respect for everyone are key to Womansong performances and to our choir. Our shared, national history of white supremacy and horrific violence against black people, LGBTQ folks, native communities, women, and many other groups is at the heart of the civil unrest we’re experiencing.


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


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? 


ASHEVILLE AREA LOCAL MUSIC Events and Venues

ASHEVILLE MUSIC GUIDE – a comprehensive music resource

Asheville has a vibrant music community, but reading through dozens of venue websites can be tedious and time consuming. With so many shows happening each week, it can be easy to miss one of your favorite bands. Asheville Music Guide (AMG) is an independent, locally developed online resource that aims to help fans of live music stay up to date with shows happening at all of the venues in Asheville. 

 

 

ASHEVILLE:  OPEN, LIVE MUSIC CALENDAR  EXPLORE ASHEVILLE

Music scene, Festivals and Venues

 

 

 

 

 

ASHEVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Concerts and Masterworks Series

Concerts and Masterworks Series

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra performs and promotes symphonic music for the benefit, enjoyment and education of the people of Western North Carolina. The Asheville Symphony was established in 1960. At that time, all musicians performed on a volunteer basis and the Symphony was without a resident conductor or manager.

 

 

 

 

PAN HARMONIA 2019 World-Class Chamber Music • Authentic • Local

Now in its 19th 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.

 

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. AmiciMusic, meaning “music among friends,” was founded in Asheville, NC in 2011 and performs regular chamber music concerts in both Asheville, NC and Baltimore, MD. AmiciMusic seeks to break down barriers between performers and audience through brief discussions of each composer on their programs and by promoting a relaxed and informal atmosphere at concerts in order to encourage new concert-goers to enjoy the energy of the performances and the spirit of community and camaraderie.

AmiciMusic also offers educational outreach into the schools, including continuing residencies and an original Assembly program written by Dr. Weiser called “Beethoven Lives…” See our educational outreach page for more information. Upcoming Asheville Area Concerts!


“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.


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.


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. 


**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.


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.


‘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.


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)


NORTH CAROLINA STAGE COMPANY – Upcoming Theatre Production

NC Stage Company has been voted best local theatre 8 out of the past 9 years in the Mountain Xpress Best of WNC Poll. NC Stage was also recently awarded the American Theatre Wing National Theatre Company Grant.

North Carolina Stage Company is a professional theatre in downtown Asheville, North Carolina working with members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, under a Small Professional Theatre Tier 4 Contract. As a non-profit, professional theatre, North Carolina Stage Company depends on contributions to support our programs. We are a professional theatre in downtown Asehville producing award-winning plays since 2002.  NC State Upcoming Season 


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