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The Influence of African-American Spirituals

Soulful and energetic works for violin, cello, and piano by
Burleigh, Dvorak, Still, Coleridge-Taylor, Bonds, and more

February 9-11, 2024

Join us for another special program to help celebrate Black History Month.  This concert highlights the important influence of African-American Spirituals in classical chamber music.  We will perform works by Harry Burleigh and Clarence Cameron White, who were both excellent violinists and among the first to arrange Spirituals for string instruments.  Both men studied at the National Conservatory of Music, our first American Conservatory, which was directed by Antonin Dvorak.  The great Czech composer used these soulful tunes in his “New World Symphony” and also in a Violin Sonata that we will perform.  We will also perform fantastic works by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, William Grant Still, and Margaret Bonds.  This is music filled with the pain and anguish of an oppressed people, but also powerful melodies, inspirational themes, and an exciting rhythmic drive. The wonderful Borowsky siblings—Emmanuel on violin and Frances on cello—are back to perform these sadly neglected, but very soulful works of music.

To get a flavor for this powerful and expressive music, please watch the beginning of this incredibly soulful arrangement of “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor by clicking on the link below:




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Friday, Feb 09, 2024 @ 7:30pm

St. Giles Chapel at Deerfield Retirement Community
1617 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville, NC 28803

Join us in this very intimate space with wonderful acoustics and a warm atmosphere at our “home” Church on the campus of Deerfield Retirement Community that is also open to the general public.  Tickets at the door are $20 for general public, $15 for Deerfield residents, and free for children 18 and under.   Get a further 10% discount on all seats by purchasing in advance at the link below.  Click on the arrow next to the price to see the Deerfield discount price.  To buy multiple seats, just click on the yellow “ADD to CART” button and you can buy as many as you want on the next screen.  All major credit cards are accepted and you do not need to have a PayPal account.  If you prefer to pay over the phone, please call Dan Weiser at 802-369-0856.

Seating will be limited!  Reserve now!  

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Saturday, Feb 10, 2024 @ 2:00pm

Home of Daniel Angerstein & Jerry Schultz
1998 Randy Drive in Hendersonville

Join us once again at one of the finest places to hear a concert anywhere in the country!   Dan and Jerry have a fabulous house in the Hendersonville area with panoramic views of mountains, an amazing acoustical space, an incredible interior setting, and two fantastic grand pianos!    Jerry also always provides some delicious food and they have plenty of wine as well.   Seating will be limited so please sign up as soon as you can.  Light food, desserts, and wine are included in the $40 price.    Experience chamber music the way it was meant to be heard—in a true chamber.  Enjoy the intimate setting and the Salon atmosphere.  Sign up below.  You do not need a PayPal account—just any major credit card.  You can purchase multiple seats after you click on the yellow “ADD to CART” button.  Or call Dan at 802-369-0856 to purchase seats over the phone.

Seating will be limited!  Reserve seats now. 

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Sunday, Feb 11, 2024 @ 2:00pm

White Horse Black Mountain
105c Montreat Road, Black Mountain NC 28711

Another fun program at one of our original and favorite venues with a truly relaxing and informal atmosphere.  This renovated Chevy dealership is a true gem of the region with its cabaret-style tables and many drinks available.  Bring your own food and have a little dinner and drinks while you watch the concert.  Seats are $22 at the door or $20 in advance.  Children 18 and under are  $10.   To purchase seats in advance, call White Horse at 828-669-0816 or visit them at:  https://www.whitehorseblackmountain.org/product/AmiciDeepRiver/1547