Tony is looking ahead to next Wednesday and the opening of MoogFest, April 23-27 in Asheville. But this weekend Earth Day will be celebrated on Lexington Avenue and Highland Brewing marks its' 20th anniversary. This weekend also serves to recognize independent "Record" stores and there are lots of new movies in area theaters and the Asheville Tourists are back at McCormick field for a big weekend of baseball.
Trumpet Spectacular: The Asheville Symphony takes the stage at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Saturday night to perform Handel's, Music to the Royal Fireworks, Hummel's Trumpet Concerto, and Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass with the WCU Concert Choir and the Asheville Symphony Chorus. Also this weekend, singer songwriter David Wilcox performs at the Altamont. The Mother Earth News Fair takes place in Asheville this weekend at the WNC Agriculture Center and Draft Day starring Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner has opened at area movie theaters. Tony Kiss has it all.
Baseball is back and Tony is thrilled. The Asheville Tourists have opened their 2014 season at McCormick Field. There's also lots of live theater to consider including a Neil Simon play at the Flat Rock Theater. There are a couple of new movies in the area, including Captain America. The Western Carolina University Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines will screen the documentary film "Shored Up". The critically acclaimed film examines how different communities are trying to cope with rising sea levels. It will be screened at 4 pm Sunday at A.K. Hinds University Center.
Listen this "Friday @2" for another live-performance program on WCQS. This week we will feature the winners of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra (ASO) Young Artist Competition (YAC!)
The ASO held its competition, open to all students, ages 9-18 (excluding college students), who play string, wind and percussion instruments as well as piano, classical guitar and harp, on March 22nd. Three winners were chosen; pianists Ayano Annis and Christopher Tavernier tied for second place, and violinist Willa Finck was awarded first place.
Live theater tops Tony's list of entertainment options this week. Along with theater there's lots of music to enjoy and a couple of new movies hit the big screen. And baseball returns next Thursday with the arrival of the Tourists at historic McCormick field.
Tony Kiss dances his way into the weekend. High on his list of entertainment offerings The Chase Brock Experience at Diana Wortham Theater. Choreographer Chase Brock is a native of Western North Carolina who has found great success in New York City. The new Wes Anderson film has arrived on the big screen. The quirky, but favorably reviewed film, The Hotel Budapest includes an all star cast.
Broadway Choreographer Chase Brock is bringing his talents back to Western North Carolina.
Brock was born in Hendersonville and went to school in Flat Rock before moving to New York to follow his dream, and now his career has taken him full circle-- back to the very spot where he found his first success.
“I actually made my professional debut as a dancer on the stage at Diana Wortham Theater when I was about 12 years old," Brock said. "It’s the first check I ever received in show business.”
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.