Today’s Email Announcements

Published Friday, October 30, 2015 at 10:41 am

1) Friction Quartet to Perform at App State on Nov. 1

Friction Quartet, whose performances have been called “terribly beautiful” (San Francisco Classical Voice), “stunningly passionate” (Calgary Herald) and “chillingly effective” (San Francisco Examiner), will perform Nov. 1 at Appalachian State University.

The performance begins at 6 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Recital Hall. Admission is free.

Friction Quartet is an artist in residence at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center and was quartet in residence with West Edge Opera in summer 2015. They are ensemble in residence with San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music for the 2015-16 season. The quartet is dedicated to expanding the string quartet repertoire and building audiences for contemporary music.

 Its members are Kevin Rogers, violin, Otis Harriel, violin, Taija Warbelow, viola, and Doug Machiz, cello.

 The program includes “Friction,” written for the quartet by Roger Briggs. According to the composer, “I knew I had to write a work that capitalized on their rhythmic ferocity, their fire, passion and intense focus. ‘Friction’ is a fast, single movement work exploring textural juxtapositions using two pitch collections with their inversions.”

 The musicians also will perform Ben Hjertmann’s “String Quartet No. 3 ‘Within West,’” which explores tension between multiple layers of counterpoint.

The quartet also will perform “The California Crest” by Max Stoffregen, a four-part suite inspired by the composer’s hike of a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail, and Andy Akiho’s “Mobile on a Stream into the Sound,” inspired by the abstract mobiles of sculptor Alexander Calder.

2) ASU Brass Ensemble to Perform on Nov. 4

Students in the Hayes School of Music brass studios will perform Nov. 4 at Appalachian State University beginning at 6 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free.

The ensembles performing are the Appalachian Tuba/Euphonium Collective, Appalachian Trumpet Choir, Appalachian Trombone Choir and Appalachian Horn Choir.

Compositions to be performed during the evening performance include the overture to the opera “William Tell” by Gioachino Rossini, “Mars: The Bringer of War” from Gustav Holst’s “The Planets,” “Suite for Five Trumpets” by Ronald Lo Presti and “Providebam Dominum” by Orlande de Lassus.

Also on the program are “Reflective Mood” by Sammy Nestico, “Children’s Prayer” from Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” and selections from “Legend of the Sleeping Bear” by Eric Ewazen.

3) Chamber Accepting Applications for Watauga Leadership Challenge

The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for the 2016 Watauga Leadership Challenge. This program provides a comprehensive overview of the community and introduces participants to leaders in the fields of government, education, health care and business and industry.

Larry Byerly of Johnson Price Sprinkle said, “Participants gain a realistic understanding of how our community works. They learn from the movers and shakers – the people who have a vision for the future.” Jonathan Allen of Allen Wealth Management comments that “the program benefits the community as well, because Watauga Leadership identifies potential leaders and gives them the encouragement needed to spur them on to local action and involvement.” JPS and Allen Wealth Management believe in the Watauga Leadership Challenge so strongly that they have committed to be the Signature Sponsors of this leadership development program.

“Because of the intensity of the program, Watauga Leadership participants and their employers are asked to make a major time commitment,” said Dan Meyer, the Chamber’s President/CEO. “We begin with a two day retreat in January, designed to build a sense of teamwork among the participants. It also sets the stage for the program’s six full-day sessions scheduled monthly until graduation in July 2016.”

Topics include: Tourism & Cultural Resources, Economy & Leadership, Environment & Sustainability, Education, Government & Public Safety, Health Care & Human Services and Lessons in Leadership.

The 2016 Leadership class is limited to 24 participants with preference given to Watauga County residents. Tuition is $595, which includes all program materials, lunches, refreshments and graduation celebration.

For more information or to receive an application for enrollment, contact the Chamber at 264-2225. The deadline to apply is Monday, January 5, 2016.

4) Beanstalk’s New Interactive Performance Set for Nov. 5-8

Get in on the fun of Beanstalk Community Theater’s new murder-mystery dinner theater “The Last Dance of Dr. Disco” Nov. 5-8 at Boone Golf Club. Join the disco dancing at Studio 321, where Dr. Disco has hatched a nefarious plot to take over the world by putting subliminal messages into disco music. It will take a British Secret Agent to foil the evil plot. It’s James Bond meets Saturday Night Fever with a little Austin Powers thrown in. With dinner provided by CR Catering and some great disco music, this event is sure to be a great time! And be sure to wear your best disco attire for a chance to win our costume contest. Click here for more information.

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