classical Archive

30 Days Out, Feb. 2024 #2: Get Right Band, Firecracker Jazz Band, Haken, Mark and Maggie O’Connor

Two acts based in Asheville, two intentionally-touring acts. A wide variety of genres. The so-called “quiet season” continues in and around Western NC. Artist: Get Right Band Venue: Grey Eagle […]

Album Review: Frank Clare – Admiratio Magna

One man’s new age music is another’s neoclassical. On his debut release, pianist and composer Frank Clare aims for the latter. The crystalline and unadorned piano textures that grace this […]

30 Days Out, Jan. 2024 #1: Listeso String Quartet, Jackson Stokes, PAKT, Jiji

Happy New Year! The NYE holiday notwithstanding, we’re happily entering the relatively quiet period in Asheville when fewer tourists come ‘round. Happily, touring musical acts are back on the road […]

‘The Barber of Seville’ and its Timeless Quality

Even those possessing little more than a passing familiarity with opera will recognize parts of The Barber of Seville. Composed by Gioachino Rossini and premiering in Rome in 1816, the […]

Album Review: The James McGowan Ensemble – Reaching In

It’s often quite intriguing – and musically rewarding – when skilled and creative musicians set about with the goal of bringing together disparate genres. That is the chosen mission of […]

Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra’s Road Trip

When the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra began its 2022-2023 season, it signaled the start of a new chapter: John Young Shik Concklin debuted as the Orchestra’s new conductor. And while he […]

Asheville Amadeus Festival: Amadeus Goes Americana

Asheville Symphony launched the Amadeus Festival in 2015. Originally conceived as a way to honor and spotlight the works of classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the semi-annual festival has grown […]

30 Days Out, February 2023 #2: Silversun Pickups, Bobby Weir, Music of Morton Feldman, Os Mutantes

We’re really, really back into the swing of things now, with major artists back on tour. The assortment of music that’s coming to town in the next 30 days is […]

Kate Steinbeck and Pan Harmonia

Kate Steinbeck doesn’t remember a time when she didn’t want to play the flute. “I think I was haunted by it as a child,” she says. When she was in […]

A Chat With Larisa Martínez

Soprano Larisa Martínez has a stunning pedigree. A formidable presence onstage, her long list of high-profile credits includes bravura performances of La Traviata (as Violetta), West Side Story (as Maria) […]