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Published Friday, February 12, 2016 at 10:09 am

Pianist Rodney Reyerson to Present Faculty Recital Feb. 23

Beethoven’s “Sonata in D Major” will be performed during a faculty recital Feb. 23 at Appalachian State University. The recital will begin at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free.

Pianist Rodney Reynerson will perform the composition, also known as “Pastorale.” Beethoven used his piano sonatas to explore differing structure and musical expressions, which were later incorporated in his symphonies. The sonata features key changes, and differing tempos and techniques, such as staccato and descending repetitive notes.

Reynerson also will perform Percy Grainger’s “Colonial Song,” written in 1911 as a gift to his mother. He wrote that he was attempting to compose a piece “as typical of the Australian countryside as Stephen Foster’s exquisite songs are typical of rural America.”

Next on the program is “Valses Nobles et Sentimentales” by Maurice Ravel, which was inspired by waltzes by Franz Schubert.

Four Chopin compositions will conclude Reynerson’s performance: “Nocturne in B-flat Minor, Op. 9, No. 1,” Mazurka in D Major, Op. 33, No. 2,” Etude in E Major, Op. 10, No. 3” and “Scherzo in C-sharp Minor, Op. 39.”

Appalachian Concert Band to Perform Feb. 22

Well-known works for concert band will be performed by the Appalachian Concert Band Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. at Appalachian State University. The performance venue will be Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free. John Stanley Ross is music director for the band. Graduate conductors are Matthew Brusseau and Onsby C. Rose.

The band will perform Alfred Reed’s “A Festival Prelude” to open the concert. The composition is considered one of Reed’s most powerful works for the modern concert band.

Next on the program is Ron Nelson’s “Courtly Airs and Dances,” written in 1995. The suite of “dances” is based on formal dances of the 1500s from France, England, Italy, Spain and Germany.

The somber “Dusk” captures the reflective calm of dusk, paradoxically illuminated by the fiery hues of sunset, according to composer Steven Bryant. “I’m always struck by the dual nature of this experience, as if witnessing an event of epic proportions silently occurring in slow motion. ‘Dusk’ is intended as a short, passionate evocation of this moment of dramatic stillness,” Bryant wrote.

Rounding out the concert are “Incantation and Dance” by John Barnes Chance and “The U.S. Field Artillery March” by John Philip Sousa. Chance’s composition features contrasting tempos and styles, opening with a short, mournful legato before the percussion, brass and winds build to a dramatic conclusion.

Sousa composed more than 130 military and patriotic marches during his career. “The U.S. Field Artillery March” is the most famous of the composer’s World War I compositions. It was written at the request of an artillery officer. The short and lively march was based on the well-known “The Caissons Go Rolling Along.”

Mad Mountain Mud Run Set for June 4 in Hendersonville

Hurry – you can get muddy for less, but only until March 15! The Hunter Subaru Mad Mountain Mud Run, coming June 4 of this year, is open for registration. And teams save $30 on registration through March 15. As the Premier Mud Run in Western North Carolina, the 2016 race is slated to be the best yet.

Last year, nearly 1,500 racers of all ages and abilities participated in this one-of-a-kind event that is designed to be fun for competitive racers as well as for people who just want to have a great time. The event, which is a 3-plus-mile race filled with muddy obstacles, is held at Berkeley Park in Hendersonville, N.C., and is coupled with an all-day festival that offers food, craft beer and live music for racers and spectators. All proceeds benefit Hendersonville’s children’s museum, Hands On! – A Child’s Gallery.

Teams of four can register on-line at for $170 through March 14, after which the price increases to $200. It’s okay if you don’t know exactly who will be on your team, as changes can be made at any time.

“This event has made a name for itself because it is so great for people of different abilities,” said Heather Boeke, event organizer. “We organize the race so serious athletes are competing with each other in the first heats of the race, and then later in the day, we see the silly costumes, entire families, and groups of friends who are in it for the fun. Then we all come together to enjoy a great festival.”

The event is made possible in part by these generous sponsors: Presenting sponsor and Master of Mud – Hunter Subaru; Mad Mudslinger Sponsor – Pardee UNC Health Care; media sponsors –105.9 The Mountain and Lamar Outdoor; Mudtastic Mates Sponsors – City of Hendersonville, Kimberly-Clark, NC Printing, Pace Construction & Demolition and Summit Marketing; and Muddobber Sponsors – Beverly-Hanks & Associates, BGW CPA, Mast General Store, Two Men & A Truck, WNC Magazine and WNC Woman. The beer/cider sponsors for the event are Sierra Nevada and Naked Apple Hard Cider.

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Lettuce Learn Educators Workshop Feb. 20

Lettuce Learn will be offering their second workshop for educators at Mountain Pathways Farm Camp in Boone, NC on February 20, 2016. The professional development workshop will last from 10am-2pm, and will include three learning stations focused on the theme of “Growing Math and Literacy in the Garden”, lunch, and a raffle.

This workshop is an excellent opportunity for teachers within the public school system to learn more about how to successfully incorporate gardening into their daily classroom routines. It will cover how to start a class garden and sustain student interest, how to use technology in the garden, and also reading and writing in the garden. The workshop is open to all educators grades PreK-12th grade.

The first station, “The Practical: Building & Sustaining Student Interest in the Garden”, will be taught by Kristy Hackler as she shows educators how to plan and successfully run their school garden. She will teach a variety of important skills such as outdoor classroom management techniques, succession planting, garden design sketching, and year-long garden planning.

Station two, taught by Shannon Carroll, “Technology in the Garden: From Row Covers to Smart Phones”, will focus on using technology for season extension techniques and useful technology tools to document, analyze and share what’s happening in the garden and greenhouse.

In the third and final station,Find Peace & Literacy in the Garden: Reading, Writing, and Relaxing in the Garden”, Courtney Baines Smith will teach about the emotional and sensory benefits of a school garden as well as practice a kid-friendly “veggie yoga” series that you can share with your students outside or in.

The registration for the workshop is $15, and the deadline for registering is February 15.  The first 10 educators currently working full-time in preK-12 setting will receive their own copy ofThe Growing Classroom,  a $40 resource & curriculum book from Life Lab.

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