AmiciMusic rings in the New Year with the "Celebrate 2018" Music Festival with performances at First Presbyterian on the first two Fridays of January with concerts featuring a program of music by African-American composers with violinist Tim Schwarz as well as the debut of the newly formed Brevard Woodwind Quintet.
First up on Friday, January 5 at 7:30pm is a concert entitled "Music from the Underground," which will feature some wonderful, but neglected works for violin and piano by minority composers, including Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, George Morrison, William Grant Still, and W.C. Handy. Violinist Tim Schwarz is the featured performer along with pianist/Artistic Director Daniel Weiser. Schwarz and Weiser met at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore and won the 1996 US Artistic Ambassador Program competition, which resulted in a two-month, eleven country tour of the Middle East and Southeast Asia. They were described as "brilliant cultural ambassadors" and their programs were praised as "a melodic revelation" and "an irresistible introduction to...American music."
Then, on Friday, January 12 at 7:30pm, AmiciMusic is pleased to present "Winds of Winter," featuring the debut of the Brevard Woodwind Quintet, a new group composed of some of the finest woodwind players living in the region who all met recently while playing with the Brevard Philharmonic Orchestra. The group is comprised of Leonard Lopatin, flute; Andrew Parker, oboe; Steve Loew, clarinet; Will Peebles, bassoon; and Hobart Whitman, french horn. They will perform fun music by Danzi, Ibert, and Arnold, and then pianist/Artistic Director Daniel Weiser will join them for the powerful Sextet for Piano and Winds by Ludwig Thuille.
At both concerts, Artistic Director Daniel Weiser will talk about the pieces before they are played and help break down the barriers between performers and audience by establishing a very informal and relaxed concert atmosphere.
Tickets for Church members are only $15 at the door ($20 for general admission). For information about the concerts and to purchase discounted tickets in advance, please visit www.amicimusic.org and click on the Asheville Concerts link.