Now in its 41st season, the Brasstown Concert Association (BCA) will present nationally and internationally known artists and ensembles performing in an impressive range of styles.
The season opens on Sept. 28 with Gamelan Gunung biru, the resident gamelan ensemble of Western Carolina University since 2003. A gamelan is an orchestra of tuned metal percussion instruments – mainly gongs, zithers and xylophones – characteristic of Java, Bali, Malaysia and other island cultures of Southeast Asia. Each gamelan has its own name, tuning system and distinctive personality. Gamelan Gunung biru (“Blue Ridge Gamelan”), comprised of Western Carolina University students, faculty, staff and friends, will present a performance of gamelan music from the Central Javanese tradition by contemporary composers.
On Oct. 19, will be A Jazz Celebration with Frederick Moyer and Friends. A favorite of BCA audiences since 1982, renowned concert pianist Frederic Moyer is also an outstanding jazz pianist. Bassist Zack Page and drummer Justin Watt join Moyer to perform the trio’s own arrangements and improvisations on standards from the great American Songbook. Moyer’s distinctive reinterpretations of great jazz pianists of the past, and his lively commentary brings the audience into the heart of the musical experience.
On Feb. 22, 2015, Early Music fans will experience rarelyheard repertoire from the Italian Renaissance and early Baroque when Armonia Celeste (“Heavenly Harmony”) presents “That’s Amore: Love in Seventeenth Century Italy.” The ensemble is comprised of three singers accompanied by period instruments played by Lyle Nordstrom (lute, theorbo, Baroque guitar) and Paula Fagerberg (the rare Baroque triple harp). The performers, each a distinguished soloist in his or her own right, create an exceptional musical experience, ranging from madrigals to virtuoso Italian early Baroque opera.
The season ends on March 29 with trumpeter Paul Neebe, highly accomplished across classical music genres as a soloist, orchestral musician and chamber player. Praised by the International Trumpet Guild for his “crystal clear sound” and “ringing articulation,” Neebe performs widely as a soloist across the United States and throughout Europe, as well as mentoring young artists and commissioning and recording new works for the trumpet.
Submitted by Roberta Rankin