It was great to see many of you at our 3rd Annual Masterworks Series concerts in Asheville and Spartanburg. Nearly 1,000 (yes, you read it correctly, 1,000) people attended our program featuring Christopher Tavernier and Dr. John Cobb.
Many of you have been enjoying the Living Room Series with jazz pianist Michael Jefrey Stevens. His next evening in our Theatre is Saturday, September 26 at 7:30.
We have an exciting line-up of concerts in the preparation phase. Please keep checking our website calendar for the latest schedule.
We are excited to WELCOME a new (to us) duo to our Theatre on Sunday, September 27. Their program, Andalusian Nights: Guitar/Harpsichord Duo Takes on the Music of Rascals and Rebels, will begin at 4:00. Amy Brucksch (guitar) and Barbara Weiss (harpsichord) will tune up for a program of 20th century Mediterranean music. By turns boisterous and eerie, hypnotic and animated, much of the music uses a framework that is believed to be a precursor to flamenco, and is rooted in the impassioned folk music of 400 years ago. (Donations will be accepted.) Please read below to find out the amazing talent and experience these two woman are bringing to our Theatre.
I look forward to seeing you soon.
A versatile and engaging musician, Barbara Weiss’ diverse musical experiences range from recording and performing ancient classical Cambodian music to directing a baroque opera company to chairing a university’s early music program. She has been on the faculty of both the Oberlin Conservatory and the Peabody Institute, as well as Concordia College and the Universities of Minnesota and Pennsylvania. She teaches at summer workshops such as the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, the Madison Early Music Festival, and Indiana University’s Recorder Academy, and most recently, the Mountain Collegium Early Music Workshop in Cullowhee, NC. Ms. Weiss has performed at the Boston, San Antonio and Berkeley Early Music Festivals, and the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Her collaborations include The Hendersonville Symphony, Belladonna, the Newberry Consort, Quicksilver, Chatham Baroque, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, the King’s Noyse, Apollo’s Fire, the Chicago Opera Theater and Piffaro. Ms. Weiss has recorded with the Dorian, Flying Fish and Harmonia Mundi labels. She currently lives in Asheville, NC, where she also performs with both Pan Harmonia as well as Muses Delight. She is looking forward to performing Mozart’s Don Giovanni in Charlotte this spring.
Classical guitarist Amy Brucksch performs throughout the Southeast, celebrating the rich heritage of the classical guitar, and exploring musical connections with world-renowned musicians as diverse as Celtic fiddlers, Baroque harpsichordists and African percussionists. She has a highly regarded CD, Luminescence, with flutist Kate Steinbeck, and has played locally on the Greenville Symphony Spotlight Series, Brevard College, Wofford College Troubadour Series, and Anderson University. She teaches classical guitar to middle and high school students at Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy and has a private studio at Wild Roots Fine Arts Center in Forest City. Formerly on the faculty of the University of Toledo and Adrian College, she was an Ohio Arts Council Touring Artist. Her music degrees are from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Bowling Green State University. Amy lives in Tryon, NC and plays a guitar custom made for her by California luthier, Gregory Byers.