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Music Foundation Presents Two Jazz Concerts In Hendersonville, NC

Whether you like your jazz straight up or with a twist, there will be jazz aplenty at the Hendersonville Community Theatre Friday and Saturday, Jan. 12 and 13, when the Music Foundation of Western North Carolina (MFWNC) presents “New Orleans Baroque” and “Jazz Standards.” Both concerts start at 7 p.m. and benefit the Theatre’s building renovations and programming.

On Friday night, the “New Orleans Baroque” concert will be a heady mix of jazz and classical Baroque music performed by flutist Rita Hayes, double bass player Keith Freeburg, drummer Morgen Cobb, and pianist Dr. John Cobb. “This concert will be a unique blending of different music genres,” MFWNC founder Joann Freeburg said. “The musicians are a tight group of local performers who have come up with a program of music that will deliver the best of both worlds in some very interesting ways. You’ll be surprised at how they have fused American jazz and European Baroque. It’s classical music with a jazzy twist.”

On Saturday night, the “Jazz Standards” concert will present the music of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Irving Berlin. It will be performed by pianist Michael Jefry Stevens and vibraphonist Jason DeCristofaro. “This concert will be for the jazz purists,” Freeburg said. “These master musicians will salute the great American jazz composers. You’ll be sure to recognize these tunes and appreciate the musicians’ dedication to established quality.”

Tickets to each concert are $35 and can be purchased online at HendersonvilleTheatre.org. The theatre is located at 229 S. Washington Street in downtown Hendersonville.
The Music Foundation of Western North Carolina is a non-profit organization dedicated to uniting, promoting, and building the presence of the musical arts in the Carolinas. It was founded by Joann Freeburg.

As the Official Community Theatre of Hendersonville, Hendersonville Community Theatre, Inc. is a non-profit, non-professional, wholly volunteer organization of theater-lovers. Its purpose is to enrich the lives of neighbors by providing high quality productions of excellent theatrical works to the broadest possible audience in Hendersonville, all of Western North Carolina, and Upstate South Carolina. The money raised by these concerts will be used for the building’s renovations, windows, and dressing rooms, as well as theatrical programming and arts education initiatives.

Hayes plays flutes, hammered dulcimer, and is a vocalist. She received her bachelor’s degree in music from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and her master’s degree in music from Western Carolina University. She has been a member of the Asheville Symphony for more than 25 years. She serves on the faculty of Brevard College and Asheville Buncombe Technical College in addition to her private student teaching. For nearly 20 years she has hosted classical music programming on the National Public Radio affiliated Asheville station, WCQS. Performing with such music celebrities as Roberta Flack and Ray Charles has been the highlights of her musical career.

Freeburg is the founder and owner of Freeburg & Perzina Pianos in Hendersonville. Music has been Keith’s passion since he learned to play piano, guitar, and string bass as a child. He pursued bass and graduated from the University of Minnesota as a string major with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education.  After teaching orchestra for several years, he studied piano technology at McPhail School of the Arts in Minneapolis and began a full-time career in piano tuning, repair and rebuilding. For the past 31 years, he has been serving pianists primarily in Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina. He is a member of the Asheville Area Piano Forum and performs with the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra and the Brevard Philharmonic. He serves as an elder and musician at his church.  He and his wife Joann Freeburg have two children and three grandchildren.

Cobb is a musician and teacher based out of North Carolina. He is the drummer for McKayla & The Differential and other groups. A native of Bernardsville, NJ, he currently lives in Asheville. “I play the drum set, and various other percussion instruments. Music is my life,” he said.

Dr. 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.” Dr. Cobb has been presented by Artists International on their Distinguished Artists series in New York City and has made recordings of 20th Century as well as early piano music on original instruments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Dr. Cobb has performed internationally some of the most important works of contemporary music and has worked directly with many of the most influential composers of this era, such as Aaron Copland and Lukas Foss. While completing a Doctor of Music degree at Northwestern University, Dr. Cobb held a fellowship at the University of Chicago, where he pursued doctoral studies in musicology and held the position of staff pianist with Ralph Shapey’s Contemporary Chamber Players. He continues to perform a broad repertoire of chamber music and has collaborated with renowned artists such as Joel Smirnoff, former first violinist with the Juilliard String Quartet, and most recently with Jason Posnock, concertmaster of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. Among Dr. Cobb’s orchestral appearances is a performance of the Samuel Barber Piano Concerto with the Asheville Symphony. As a frequent performer on the Piano Forte concert series at the Asheville Art Museum, Dr. Cobb celebrated Franz Liszt’s bicentennial with an all-Liszt solo program during the summer of 2011. Dr. Cobb is a direct musical descendant of Liszt through his teacher, pianist Claudio Arrau, whose teacher was a pupil of Liszt. He presents master classes on piano technique and literature, and frequently serves as an adjudicator for competitions and music festivals. Dr. Cobb maintains private studios in Fairview and Hendersonville.

Over the past 40 years pianist/composer Stevens has been associated with some of the most important figures in modern jazz. Beginning with his first CD release in 1991 as a member of Mark Whitecage’s Liquid Time Group, Stevens has been in the forefront of the NYC and international improvised music scene. Between 1988 and 1990 he co-led the now legendary “Mosaic Sextet” with Dave Douglas. This group included Mark Feldman on violin, Michael Rabinowitz on bassoon, and the rhythm section of Harvey Sorgen on drums and Joe Fonda on bass. Their “Today This Moment” CD release on Konnex Records and re-release on GM Recordings is considered one of the classic modern jazz recordings of the 1990s and was voted one of the best 1000 jazz recordings by the 2011 Penguin Guide to Jazz. This rhythm section went on to become the nucleus for the Fonda/Stevens Group. Since the quartet’s inception in 1992, the Fonda/Stevens Group has released 14 CDS, repeatedly toured Europe and is one of the most successful working modern jazz groups on the international scene. Stevens also began a very fruitful and fulfilling relationship with Leo Records with his duo “Haiku” CD release in 1994, featuring Mark Feldman on violin. These piano/violin improvisations proved to be a pivotal link between Stevens’ work in both the composed and improvised music worlds. Stevens has currently released nine CDS on Leo Records, including “Elements” with bassist Dominic Duval, and “Twelve Improvisations” with the Fonda/Stevens Group. To date he has released more than 90 CDS. In 2016 he was voted “Best Composer” in Western North Carolina by the readers of the Mountain Xpress and received a “Regional Project Artist Grant” from the Toe River Arts Council. He currently resides in Black Mountain, NC.

DeCristofaro is an active musician and composer, performing primarily as a vibraphonist. In 2011, he was selected as the winner of the Yamaha/Percussive Arts Society international competition for jazz vibraphonists, and his musical compositions have been performed in China, New Zealand, Sweden, and throughout the United States. DeCristofaro is currently adjunct music faculty at Warren Wilson College, where he directs the Jazz Ensemble and teaches courses in Jazz Theory and Improvisation, Jazz History, and World Music, and A-B Tech, where he teaches Jazz History and Music Appreciation. He also teaches Jazz Theory and Improvisation, Percussion, Piano, Composition, and Music Theory privately at Crushed Leaf Studios in Mills River, NC. Since 2012, Jason has been the musical director and host of Jazz Night at the Phoenix, a weekly showcase at the Phoenix in downtown Brevard.

Lowcountry Community Concert Band presents Winter Soundscapes

The Lowcountry Community Concert Band, sponsored by the University of South Carolina’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), will perform Winter Soundscapes December 10 and 12.

Under the direction of David Carbone, the program debuts Sunday, December 10 at 3:30 pm at St. John Lutheran Church (157 Lady’s Island Drive Beaufort.)

The second performance is Tuesday, December 12 at 7 p.m. at May River High School (601 New Riverside Road Bluffton.) The school’s band department will present a concert at 6:30 prior to the LCCB concert, and the audience is encouraged to come early and enjoy both events.

Featuring a variety of holiday and traditional seasonal music, Winter Soundscapes includes Greensleeves; O, Little Town of Bethlehem; Sleigh Ride and O Magnum Mysterium.

Admission is free, and donations will be accepted to offset the cost of the program.

For more information, see the band’s website: www.ollilccb.com.

Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival

The Carver Street Economic Renaissance Corporation presents the Second Annual Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival, Friday through Sunday, September 29-October 1.  

The celebration takes place along Carver Street, between 18th Avenue North and 21st Avenue North.  The event features some of the area’s finest musical artists, including Marcus Anderson, Charlie Snuggs, Horry County School Jazz, James “Bull” Canty, West African Drummers, Painted Man, Gino Castillo, Ashley Aluv, Chocolate Chip and Company, Don Colton, Mike Frost Band, Special Blend, Shableek and T-Ray the Violinist.  

T-Ray is the festival’s headliner.  He is a passionate and resilient visionary with unwavering dedication to his musical craft. Effortlessly, he has taken the violin outside of its stereotypical arena beautifully lacing together 90s Rhythm and Blues, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Funk and Classical. The Louisiana native has taken audiences’ favorite genres and masterfully fused them to produce an experimental sound. The seasoned violin player has not only developed himself as a solo artist, but has also honed his skills as a producer and bandleader within his group D2R (Dreams2Reality).

During the festival,  enjoy food and merchandise vendors and a wine and beer garden.  Bring lawn chairs to relax in a fun and safe environment.  Free parking will be available the Pelicans Ballpark parking lot, 1251 21st Avenue North.  Free shuttle rides will be provided to and from the site.  Admission to the festival is free.

The festival commemorates the entertainment and businesses that existed on Carver Street in the 1950s and 1960s.  During that era, African-American performers displayed their talent on what was known as the “Chitlin Circuit,” which is where African-American musicians performed in the days before integration.   Stars such as Little Richard, Billie Holliday, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Lena Horne, Count Basie, Muddy Water, Ray Charles and The Clovers performed on the “Chitlin Circuit.”

For more information about the Second Annual Jazz Festival, call 843-340-2018 or 301-537-4362.  Or visit http://myrtlebeachjazzfest.com/.  

 

A Gershwin Celebration

Philip Powell, pianist

Maestro Charles Jones Evans will lead the Long Bay Symphony (LBS) in a performance featuring music by one of the twentieth century’s most influential composers and the creator of “Symphonic Jazz”, George Gershwin. The concert takes place on Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 4 pm at the Myrtle Beach High School Music and Arts Center. 

Amanda Horton, soprano


This concert is a salute to the great American musical icon, George Gershwin, one of the twentieth century’s most influential composers and the creator of “Symphonic Jazz”. Featured are two of his greatest orchestral works, American in Paris and Cuban Overture; both the beloved Rhapsody in Blue and the Second Rhapsody (“Rhapsody in Rivets); and several of Gershwin’s greatest hit songs, making for a truly wonderful celebration!

Tickets range from $25 to $50.  Student tickets (21 & under with student ID) are $10. For tickets call the box office 843-448-8379, purchase online at www.LongBaySymphony.com or visit us at 1107 48th Avenue N., Suite 310-E, Myrtle Beach.

 

 

Spartanburg Philharmonic presents: Espresso no. 4 “Blue Mountain Blend”

Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra concludes its extraordinarily popular 2016-2017 “Espresso” chamber concert series on Friday, March 31, with Blue Mountain Blend. The event will start at 5:30 p.m. when doors open to the Chapman Cultural Center theater for a happy hour reception that will include beer, wine, and light snacks, all leading up to the 6:30 p.m. concert that will feature both the woodwind and brass quintets from the orchestra. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased by telephone — (864) 583-2776 — or in person at Chapman’s box office Monday-Friday afternoons. Tickets are also available anytime online at ChapmanCulturalCenter.org.

The concert will offer an enjoyable and accessible blend of music for wind and brass from familiar classics to a fresh new work. Showcasing the SPO Woodwind quintet – flute, oboe, clarinet, french horn, and bassoon – as well as the SPO Brass Quintet, this concert offers a fun and colorful experience for listeners of all ages.

The program will range stylistically from the edgy and fun Canadian Brass arrangement of St. Louis Blues by “the father of the blues” W.C. Handy to the beautiful and well-known Flower Duet from Lakmé that audiences will immediately recognize from movies and television. The concert will culminate in a performance of a new piece of music by local composer Peter B. Kay, written for all ten instrumentalists. Cinematic visuals by the award-winning filmmaker and former HUB BUB Artist-in-Residence Jonathan Ade will accompany the live music. Filmed in Spartanburg, SC, Ade’s work offers an impression of the art installations Seeing Spartanburg In A New Light that have been on display since October of 2016.

Ticketholders will be treated to concert-inspired wines and bites provided by the Marriott of Spartanburg as well as beer specially curated by sponsor Hub City Tap House. As an added bonus, audience members will receive a limited edition shaker pint glass to take home. After the show, the audience is invited to both neighboring establishments, the Marriott and the Hub City Tap House, for special meal and drink deals.

Tickets to the event are $25, visit http://www.chapmanculturalcenter.org/ or call 864.583.2776. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Chapman Cultural Center Box Office, 200 East Saint John St, Spartanburg SC, 29306.

Long Bay Symphony Presents March Concert

Ken Olsen performs in Bennett Gordon Hall at Ravinia Festival. © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2013

Maestro Charles Jones Evans will lead the Long Bay Symphony (LBS) in a performance that will showcase iconic music examples from the Classical period through twentieth century modernism. The concert takes place on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 4 pm at the Myrtle Beach High School Music and Arts Center. 


An exploration of the Classical Period style through two jovial masterpieces- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Impresario Overture and the Symphony No. 8 of Ludwig van Beethoven– and that style’s lasting influence into the twentieth century modernism, through the dark intensity and satirical humor of the Cello Concerto No. 1 by Dmitri Shostakovich and the tongue-in-cheek parody of Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 (“Classical”).

 

Tickets range from $25 to $50.  Student tickets (21 & under with student ID) are $10. For tickets call the box office 843-448-8379, purchase online at www.LongBaySymphony.com or visit 1107 48th Avenue N., Suite 310-E, Myrtle Beach.

Winter Concert “More Inspirations from the Dance”

Maestro Charles Jones Evans will lead the Long Bay Youth Symphony (LBYS) in their Winter Concert February 15, 2017, at 7:30 pm at the Myrtle Beach High School Music and Arts Center. 


Following up on last season’s popular program theme, this concert includes familiar dance-based classics such as Johann Strauss’ Voices of Spring Waltzes, Slavonic Dances by Antonin Dvorak, excerpts from Georges Bizet’s Carmen, Orchestral Suite No. 1 by J.S. Bach, and even a melody of memorable tunes by Duke Ellington! Special guest artist for this performance is Steven Martinez, an alumnus and former student concerto competition winner with the LBYS who is an active musician with the Long Bay Symphony and many other groups in the area. Mr. Martinez is also on faculty at Coastal Carolina University. He will serve as soloist in the Concerto in F for Double Bass by Antonio Capuzzi.

Adult tickets are $10.  Student tickets (21 & under with student ID) are $5. For tickets call the box office 843-448-8379, purchase online at www.LongBaySymphony.com or visit 1107 48th Avenue N., Suite 310-E, Myrtle Beach.

Long Bay Symphony Orchestra Presents “Nationalistic Fervor”

Maestro Charles Jones Evans will lead the Long Bay Symphony (LBS) in a performance that will showcase iconic music examples of nationalism, from independent musical styles to bold political statements. The concert takes place on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 4 pm at the Myrtle Beach High School Music and Arts Center.  Yoojin Jang, guest artist, is a powerful young violinist who has been praised for her “fiery virtuosity” and sensitive interpretation.  She has been performing with top Korean orchestras such as the KBS Symphony Orchestra and the Seoul Philharmonic orchestra since the age of nine.


Music can evoke strong nationalistic sentiments, whether through distinct stylistic features or merely by subject matter. Hear some of the most famous symphonic examples of nationalist musical styles: Jean Sibelius’ Finlandia, which became a rallying cry for Finnish independence; Bedrich Smetana’s Overture to The Bartered Bride, the first significant Czech opera; and solo violin pieces Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Tales) by Pablo de Sarasate and Havanaise (Habanera) by Camille Saint-Saëns. Also featured are some of the greatest descriptive musical essays in the repertory, “1812” Overture by Peter Tchaikovsky and Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copland, portraying the glory of military victory and the challenges of political leadership in a time of national crisis.  Senator Luke Rankin will join the Symphony as the narrator for Lincoln Portrait.

 

Tickets range from $25 to $50.  Student tickets (21 & under with student ID) are $10. For tickets call the box office 843-448-8379, purchase online at www.LongBaySymphony.com or visit us at 1107 48th Avenue N., Suite 310-E, Myrtle Beach.

 

Chamber Singers to Present Christmas Concert

chanber-singers-pixFirst Presbyterian Church Spartanburg’s Chamber Singers will present their annual Christmas Concert — Tidings of Comfort and Joy — in Chapman Cultural Center’s theater in Spartanburg, SC, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, starting at 7 p.m.

         The 30-member choir will sing 13 holiday songs, many without accompaniment and all without any electronic amplification. Because of the 500-seat theater’s unique and excellent acoustics, there is no need for amplification. As a result, many of the songs will be heard as they were originally written to be performed in small and intimate concert halls.chamber-at-chapman-2014

         “We strive for vocal excellence,” Director Holt Andrews said. “This music will be as vocally pure as we can possibly make it. It is our intention to touch people with the Christmas spirit in the most honest and sincere way — by giving them songs that will cause them to wonder in awe at the spiritual power this music can inspire. We want to touch them emotionally with the true beauty and meaning of Christmas.”

         Most of the songs will be classical, sacred, and creatively arranged to appeal to both serious music lovers and those looking for an alternative to the commercialization of Christmas. The evening with start with a traditional chant by the men who will be in the balcony. The women will be on the stage, and in between will be the seated patrons, surrounded by voices that were carefully chosen for their exceptional quality. Members of the choir are selected by audition on their voice quality and musical ability.

         Two of the songs are especially noted for being arranged by local professional musicians. A jazzy version of “The Holly And The Ivy,” arranged by Brennan Szafron, and a jazzy/gospel-like version of “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” arranged by John Moody will be highlights of the evening. Szafron is a teacher at Converse College’s Alia Lawson Academy of the Arts and the organist and choirmaster at Episcopal Church of the Advent. Moody teaches Advanced Placement Music Theory and Music Technology and is the Music Department Chair at Spartanburg High School.

         “This is probably our most varied Christmas concert in the history of the choir,” Andrews said. “Most songs will be classical, but the arrangements will give them new appeal… surprising, upbeat, and engaging.”

         Because of the choir’s emphasis on vocal excellence, only eight of the scheduled songs will have musical accompaniment by Greenville harpist Aubrey Elliot and Spartanburg pianist Marcia Andrews. “We love having both Aubrey and Marcia accompanying us, and they will be most valuable when we invite the audience to sing along with some popular and traditional Christmas songs,” Andrews said. “We feel it is important to provide the very best in vocal selections and to engage the audience and let them share in the spirit of the season. It’s just not a proper Christmas concert unless the audience gets to sing, too.”

         In addition to the Christmas concert at Chapman Cultural Center, the Chamber Singers will also present selections from that concert at other events, including their Sunday, Nov. 20, engagement at the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC. For 24 years, the Chamber Singers have been invited to perform at Biltmore as part of the historic home’s annual Candlelight Tours, which draws thousands of tourists during the holiday season. “We consider it to be an honor to be invited year after year,” Andrews said.

         Also, some of the songs will be performed in the church’s chapel on Sunday, Dec. 18, as part of the annual “Moravian Love Feast.”

         “Even though we perform throughout the year, Christmas is our busiest season,” Andrews said.

         The church’s Chamber Singers ensemble was originally formed in 1977 with six members. It quickly grew to become one of the Upstate’s most respected and accomplished choirs. Its members include many local professional musicians, as well as people who are considered to be “serious musicians,” such as Virginia Shuler, who continues to hone her craft by taking one-on-one voice lessons, in addition to the weekly Sunday night choir practice.

         “We take the Chamber Singers very seriously,” Shuler said. “But only because we enjoy it and the people who listen to the music enjoy it. Sometimes, I look out into the audience and see people’s faces and know we are touching them. We can feel it, and the audience can feel it. Singing is an art form to be shared, and we want to share our music with the citizens of this community. In a very real way, this Christmas concert is a gift to the Upstate.”

         Tickets to the Chapman concert are available through the Church and through Mobile Meals, which will be the recipient of concert’s proceeds. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased by calling 864-583-4531 or 864-573-7684.

LONG BAY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS “ENDLESS LOVE”

The Long Bay Symphony Orchestra Presents “Endless Love” on Sunday, September 25, 2016, featuring guest soloists Adrienne Danrich and Ann Benson, Actors from Atlantic Stage, and the Carolina Master Chorale.

Maestro Charles Jones Evans will lead the Long Bay Symphony (LBS) in a performance that will showcase popular symphonic classics expressing the eternal power of love. The concert takes place on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 4 pm at the Myrtle Beach High School Music and Arts Center. 


Experience music’s ability to convey the enduring power of love from the great comedic and tragic elements of Shakespearean romance in Felix Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Overture to West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein to the ardent yearning for love’s eternal union in Richard Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde Prelude and Debussy’s The Blessed Damozel. The original version of Johann Strauss, Jr.’s On the Beautiful Blue Danube Waltzes, with men’s chorus, wonderfully portrays a nostalgic love of homeland. You will also hear melodies from Alexander Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances which were incorporated into the Broadway musical Kismet, in songs such as “Stranger in Paradise”.

Tickets range from $25 to $50.  Student tickets (21 & under with student ID) are $10. For tickets call the box office 843-448-8379, purchase online at www.LongBaySymphony.com or visit 1107 48th Avenue N., Suite 310-E, Myrtle Beach.