1) Cycling 4 Life – Beech to Beach – to Benefit LIFE Village
Cycling 4 Life will be held April 2015. The journey will take Dr. Jim Taylor from Beech to Beach, 500 miles from Beech Mountain to Hatteras Beach for LIFE Village (Living Innovations For Exceptional), a village being developed for adults with autism by KAMPN, Inc. To donate, visit gofundme.org/cycling4life.
2) Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band Performance Rescheduled for Feb. 26
A performance by the Appalachian Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band originally scheduled for Feb. 21 has been rescheduled for Feb. 26. The free performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall at Appalachian State University. Admission is free and the public is invited. The Northwest District Band Clinic that was to have been held on campus Feb. 21-22 also has been canceled. The Feb. 26 concert will feature Kevin Gray Richardson conducting the Appalachian Symphony Band and John Stanley Ross conducting the Appalachian Wind Ensemble. Graduate conductors are Onsby C. Rose and Matthew Brusseau. The program opens with Richard Strauss’ “Vienna Philharmonic Fanfare” performed by a brass ensemble. The Appalachian Symphony Band will perform “Esprit de Corps” by Robert Jager, “Tight Squeeze” by Alex Shapiro and “Armenian Dances, Part I” by Alfred Reed. The Appalachian Wind Ensemble will perform “Festive Overture” by Dimitri Shostakovich, “Fantasia in G Major” by Johann Sebastian Bach, “Strange Humors” by John Mackey, “Air for Band” by Frank Erickson and “Circus Days” by Karl King.
3) Hayes School of Music String Faculty Performance Rescheduled for Feb. 21
The Feb. 19 performance by the Hayes School of Music string faculty and clarinetist Andrea Cheeseman has been rescheduled for Saturday, Feb. 21, at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Recital Hall at Appalachian State University. Admission is free and the public is invited. Members of the string trio are Eric Koontz, viola, Nancy Bargerstock, violin, and Kenneth Lurie, cello. Joining the faculty are Margaret Bragg, violin, Audrey Sutton, viola, and Nora Naughton, cello. The program consists of W. A. Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet, K. 581, featuring Cheeseman, and Arnold Schoenberg’s String Sextet, opus 4, “Verklarte Nacht”(Transfigured Night). James Toub, a member of the Department of Art faculty in Appalachian’s College of Fine and Applied Arts, will provide a slide projection of turn-of-the-century art work to accompany Schoenberg’s pivotal masterpiece of 1899. The work is heavily influenced by late 19th-century Romantic tendencies, while it foreshadows experimental trends of the early 20th century. Written when he was 25, the string sextet is Schoenberg’s best-known work. The composition is based on a poem of the same name written by Richard Dehmel in 1896.
4) David Gee and Lynne Mackey will Perform Feb. 24 at Appalachian
The Gee-Mackey Duo will present a recital Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Recital Hall at Appalachian State University. Admission is free and the public is invited. Cellist Gee and pianist Mackey began performing as a duo in 2004. They have performed in venues in Florida, New York, West Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Europe and Africa. Gee has performed as soloist, quartet member and orchestral cellist and given radio broadcasts on National Public Radio and Spanish National Radio. He has taught at the University of North Carolina, the University of Memphis, Yale University and Coastal Carolina University. Mackey is director of the Virginia Baroque Performance Academy and tours with the Virginia Commission for the Arts. She has given concerts and master classes with the chamber ensemble Musica Harmonia in Brazil, and was awarded a four-month solo residency in Paris at the Cité des Arts in January 2014. The duo will perform works by Camille Saint-Saëns, Nadia Boulanger, Claude Debussy, Enrique Granados and Frédéric Chopin.
5) Upcoming Happenings in Avery County
Beech Mountain Retro 80s Weekend – Feb. 19-22
White Wolf Lodge has plenty of funky neon colored sweat shirts & t-shirts and other Great 80’s apparel! If anyone is looking to go back in time and dress the part for the Retro 80’s Weekend, they need to head over to see Larry & Laura at White Wolf Lodge. Have a Totally Tubular Weekend!
“Frozen” Family Fun-Day held March 7. Everyone is invited to join us on the Sledding Hill next to the Town Hall for our Free “Frozen” Family Fun Day. The event will be held on Saturday, March 7th from 10 a.m. – Noon. Come dressed as your favorite “Frozen” character and enter the costume contest and/or build and decorate a snow creature! There will be plenty of prizes and fun for the whole family. We will keep warm sipping free hot chocolate and singing along to music from the movie. For more information on this FREE event please call 387-3003. Please remember to dress warmly for this event.
Nick’s Restaurant: Live music is back!!! Our own Hope Harvey will be singing with a band out of South Carolina, Jocassee, and will be performing there this Saturday night, Feb. 21, from 8:30 p.m. to Midnight.
Carlton Gallery Winter Exhibition: With “Small Works” and “Art Songs of the Heart” exhibition by Toni Carlton is ongoing at Carlton Gallery through April 30. Landscapes, still life, horses, non-objective abstracts, figurative, mixed media, pen/pencil wildlife, and visionary paintings are original works encompassing prodigious creativity. The Winter Exhibition is an artistic delight with works in blown glass, wood, sculpture, clay, wearable fiber art and fine jewelry with exceptional workmanship and originality. “Art Songs of the Heart” exhibition by Toni Carlton refers to her interest in weaving elements which connect the outer world of tradition and nature to the inner world of mind, spirit and emotion, along with concepts of “flow” and the authenticity of Expressive Arts.
6) Lewis Nash and Appalachian Jazz Ensemble Performance Rescheduled
The Feb. 20 performance by jazz drummer Lewis Nash and the Appalachian Jazz Ensemble has been rescheduled. The musicians will perform April 18 in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at Appalachian State University. The concert begins at 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public.