I’ve got a couple of orchestra performances this weekend, for anyone in western North Carolina looking for something to hear. Be sure to say hello to me if you come. Just look for the orchestra member in the tux. . .
The first will be tomorrow night, Friday April 29, 2011 at 7:30 in the Diana Wortham Theater in Asheville, with the Blue Ridge Orchestra. The BRO is a community orchestra based in Asheville, NC. I’ve been involved with this organization for a few years now, both playing with the group and serving on the board of directors. This concert will be different from what many concert goers would expect because the featured artist is “family-oriented repercussionist” and song writer Billy Jonas. It will also be a special night for the BRO’s conductor, Ron Clearfield. Ron founded the BRO back in 1999 and will be stepping down as after this concert to focus on his composing and recording career.
The other orchestra performance I have will be this Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 3:00 at the Porter Center in Brevard, NC. The Brevard Philharmonic concert will be a more traditional orchestra performance. The pieces on this concert include Nicolai’s Overture to the Merry Wives of Windsor and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8. Celebrating the 200th birthday of Franz Liszt, the BP will also perform Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2, one that was new to me and apparently isn’t performed that often for some reason. Performing on piano will be Judit Gábos.