Jan Philipp Sendker has spent most of his working life as a journalist for a German magazine.
But he never lost the desire he's held since childhood to write a novel, and his work as a reporter helped lead him to his goal.
Sendker's novel, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, is inspired by the landscape and culture he discovered while reporting from Burma. The book tells the story of Julia, a New Yorker whose Burmese father mysteriously disappears. Julia's story explores the significant role of fatalism and destiny in Burmese culture.
The celebration of St. Patrick's Day influences the entertainment scene Friday through Monday. Celtic music is on the bill at White Horse Black Mt., Jack of the Wood, and the Fiddlers of Madison County are on stage in Marshall. Saturday night The Asheville Symphony Orchestra takes the stage at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. The featured performer is an Israeli pianist. The Russ Wilson Jazz Band pays tribute to Benny Goodman Sunday night at Isis and there are several new movies in the area, including the Japanese film, Like Father Like Son and the Chilean film, Gloria.
Listen this Friday at 2pm when members of Pan Harmonia bring us music for winds and guitar. Flutist Kate Steinbeck, bassoonist Rosalind Buda and guitarist Amy Brusch will perform live in our studios and bring us music by Tom Febonio, Frederick Holm and others...an unexpected dreamscape...ethereal, transcendent, and grooving...
That's Friday @2, members of Pan Harmonia with Music for Winds and Guitar. Dick Kowal will be your host.
Listen this week for two broadcasts of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra's February 8th concert. You can hear the concert,Tuesday morning at 10 when Dick Kowal will be your host, and again Thursday evening at 8 when Chip Kaufmann hosts.
On the concert program is Tchaikovsky's Suite from Swan Lake Ballet and Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto with soloist Elena Urioste. Also featured is Muertes del angel by Osvaldo Golijov and Pavanne pour une infante defunte by Maurice Ravel.
It's a big weekend for basketball. The Southern Conference Men's and Women's basketball tournament is in Asheville. Games are being played at the Kimmel Arena on the campus of UNC Asheville and at the US Cellular Civic Center. In addition to lots of hoop action there is plenty of live music, theater, and a number of Oscar winning movies on the big screen. Tony Kiss has some of what's happening in Western North Carolina....
The author of the well-known Bones series has teamed up with her son to write another book in a series of young adult thrillers. "I like to describe us as the #1 mother-son YA thriller forensic science writing team in America,” laughs Brendan Reichs.
Brendan says he and his mother Kathy came up with the idea for Virals series when Kathy saw how many young women would come to readings for the Bones books.
It's a big weekend for fans of film. The Academy Awards ceremony will be broadcast Sunday night. Many of the nominated films are still being screened at area theaters. The Fine Arts Theater has two critically acclaimed films, Omar, and a Japanese animated film, The Wind Rises. Omar is billed as a tense thriller about betrayal, suspected and real, in the Occupied Territories. The Wind Rises is the latest from Director Hayao Miyazaki. It's an animated look at the life of the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.
Tony Kiss says there's lots of live theater happening in the area. Among the offerings, Cabaret hits the stage at ACT and Rounding Third continues at North Carolina Stage Company. The very talented trio of Sutton, Holt, and Coleman honor the late great Doc Watson at Diana Wortham Theater. Tony nominee Norm Lewis takes the stage in a benefit performance for Diana Wortham Theater. There are also a couple of interesting film offerings, The Monuments Men has opened and Academy Award nominated short films are on the big screen.