Archive for the ‘performing arts’ Category

Asheville Ballet Holds Hip-Hop Class

Monday, August 18th, 2008

A free class will be offered by the Asheville Ballet, taught by hip-hop artist Brandi Hand for kids 9-through-12. The class will be offered on Saturday at nine in the morning at the Ballet’s studio 4 located on Weaverville Highway in North Asheville. There will be no charge for the class.

Brandi was a choreographer for the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Hornets. She was also lead dancer in the Super Bowl.

A small donation to the Asheville Ballet will be accepted, but is not mandatory. To sign up for the class, call Ann Dunn at (828) 258-1028.

Asheville is Number 2 Arts Destination in America

Friday, April 11th, 2008

American Style magazine has named Asheville the “Number 2 Small City Arts Destination” behind Santa Fe, New Mexico. And though any resident who has been to Santa Fe might argue rightly for number one, it is still quite an honor for our town to be recognized— as well as a great leap from our number five ranking last year.

The award was based on the magazine’s Annual Poll of 100,000 American Style subscribers. The June issue of the magazine will be on newsstands in May and will profile top art destinations in three categories, small cities, mid-sized cities and large cities.

Another Million for Performing Arts Center

Monday, March 31st, 2008

The proposed Asheville Performing Arts Center has received another grant — this time for $1 million from the Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation.

The Center’s estimated cost is between $65 million and $85 million, depending on the place of construction. This grant will more than likely be used for further planning.

At this time, the Performing Arts Center has more than 200 contributors who have pledged up to three million dollars. The Center would replace the older Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, the current main venue for large concerts and events.

UNC Asheville Students to Perform at White House

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

UNC Asheville’s Chamber Singers will treat White House visitors to a choral concert on Wednesday, December 19, 2007. The University only formed the Chamber Singers a year ago, and already they are accepting invitations to prestigious concerts around the nation. The concert will take place during the White House’s Annual Christmas VIP tours.

Melodie Galloway, a teaching assistant in the music department of UNC Asheville, sent away the application to perform. “Because the Chamber Singers was formed just over a year ago, I knew it was a long shot. But I wanted to pursue the opportunity because I knew how valuable the experience was to me,” said Galloway said in a UNCA press release.

While in Washington, the UNCA Chamber Singers will also perform for sick and injured veterans at Walter Reed Memorial Hospital. They also have concerts lined up at the Koshland Science Museum and the Annondale United Methodist Church. The Chamber Singers will be singing traditional Christmas carols such as Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Gloria, Coventry Carol and many more classic favorites.

You can hear the UNC Asheville Chamber Singers perform And So It Goes by Billy Joel (click the hyperlink for a direct playing of the mp3 file).

Henry Rollins coming to Asheville

Monday, December 17th, 2007
Henry Rollins

Former Black Flag front man and spoken word orator extraordinaire Henry Rollins is coming to Asheville’s Orange Peel on February 22nd at 8pm. The show will be all spoken word and is entitled "Provoked".

Tickets for the show in Asheville went on sale December 14 and can be obtained through Ticketmaster, and Ticketweb. The show will surely incite and show insight, while also enraging and enlightening the crowd.

"Not many people can hold a crowd of hundreds transfixed for three hours using only a microphone and a flat black backdrop, but Renaissance Man Henry Rollins is one of them," said a Reno Gazette reviewer. "Rollins’ talks are so fluid, it’s hard to tell how much is planned, how much is off the cuff."

In the show, Rollins rants about current events like the war in Iraq and the media, all the while weaving in personal experiences in places like Syria and Australia.

Rollins also hosts "The Henry Rollins Show" on the Independent Film Channel. His past guests have included Iggy Pop and actor Don Cheadle.

Tickets for the Asheville show are available through

NC Stage Company Presents: It’s a Wonderful Life, The Live Radio Play

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

The North Carolina Stage Company will present It’s a Wonderful Life: The Live Radio Play December 18 – 23, 2007 here in Asheville. In a well thought-out adaptation of the James Stewart classic film, It’s a Wonderful Life, playwright Joe Landry takes the film to another place, a 1940s radio station on Christmas Eve. The five characters in the production will play all of the movie characters and use old-fashioned sound effects. The play is a fresh look at the Christmas movie we all know and love.

The play is being directed by Hans Meyer, who will also act the role of Clarence the Angel in the show. Other stars include Lauren Fortuna as Mary Bailey, Willie Repoley as George Bailey, Joe Sturgeon in multiples roles including Uncle Billy and Mr. Potter, and Kathryn Temple as several characters including bad girl Violet Bick. This show sold out last year, so make sure to get your tickets early.

Showtimes are as follows:

December 18 – 23, 2007
Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30pm,
Early Shows – Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm

See the NC Stage Company web-site for more information, or to purchase tickets, visit

Asheville Center for Performing Arts gets $500,000 Grant

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

Recently, The Glass Foundation of Asheville donated $500,000 to The Asheville Area Center for the Performing Arts. Being used for new construction, the generous donation will go toward the contribution challenge made by the Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation.

The challenge presented by the foundation is to contribute $1 million toward the construction of a new performance center if The Center for the Performing Arts can raise $3 million by the end of the year. This particular donation [from The Glass Foundation] puts the Center for the Performing arts over the $1.5 million mark, working well toward the goal of $3 million.

Kenneth and Nancy Glass founded The Glass Foundation in the year 2000, and its goal is to help Western North Carolina’s community thrive educationally, environmentally, economically, culturally, as well as to enhance quality of life in the region.