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Past Asheville Area Concerts

November 10-11, 2018 | “OVER THERE” A celebration of songs from WWI for Veterans Day - Asheville Area

A powerful show created and directed by Francis Cullinan
featuring singers Jacquelyn Culpepper and Dan Boye

November 9, 2018 | “A WOMAN’S VOICE” Neglected Female Composers - Asheville Area

Great piano works by women composers including Clara Schumann, Amy Beach, Fanny Mendelssohn, and more

October 12-14, 2018 | “THE NEXT GENERATION” Two Young Musical Prodigies - Asheville Area

Great piano trios for clarinet, cello, and piano with two phenomenal high school students

September 28-30, 2018 | “SONGS of PASSION” Great Arias and Duets from the worlds of Opera, Operetta, & Musical Theater - Asheville Area

A program of great opera and musical theater
arias, duets, and scenes featuring
Simone Vigilante, soprano and John Kaneklides, tenor
Accompanied and narrated by Daniel Weiser, piano

August 3-5, 2018 | “JAZZICAL 4” Crossover music from the Jazz and Classical worlds - Asheville Area

Great duets for vibraphone and piano plus selections from Claude Bolling's Second Suite for Flute, Jazz Piano, Drums, and Bass

June 29-July 1, 2018 | “MINAS” - Asheville Area

Great guitar/piano duo combining Brazilian music and American jazz

June 9, 2018 | “RAGTIME ROMP” A fun program of Ragtime music in its socio-historical context - Asheville Area

Great ragtime music by Scott Joplin, James Scott, and Joseph Lamb plus some forgotten female composers
and some very playful novelty rags

June 8-10, 2018 | “TREMENDOUS TRIOS” Trios for violin/viola, clarinet, and piano - Asheville Area

Works by Mozart, Bruch, Milhaud, Schickele, and a very fun "Klezmer Wedding" Trio by Glick

May 28, 2018 | “PICNIC for PEACE” The fourth annual Memorial Day celebration of great music & amazing food at the home of Steve & Robin Loew - Asheville Area

A benefit concert for AmiciMusic featuring the DeMasi brothers and other special guests

May 25-27, 2018 | “JEWISH JAZZ II” - Asheville Area

The interconnections between Klezmer and Jazz

April 28-29, 2018 | “FOUR-HAND FESTIVAL” - Asheville Area

One piano---four hands---beautiful ballet of twenty fingers

April 28, 2018 | “RAGTIME ROMP” A fun program of Ragtime music in its socio-historical context - Asheville Area

Great ragtime music by Scott Joplin, James Scott, and Joseph Lamb plus some forgotten female composers
and some very playful novelty rags

April 26-27, 2018 | “TWO PIANO PANACHE” - Asheville Area

The power and panache of two nine-foot grand pianos!

March 30-April 1, 2018 | “THE OPERATIC CELLO” Beautiful operatic favorites for cello and piano - Asheville Area

A program of music for cello and piano influenced by the opera
with works by Beethoven, Rossini, Bizet, Puccini, and more

March 1-4, 2018 | “SONGS of LOVE” - Asheville Area

Beautiful love songs from opera, operetta, art song, musical theater, and film with Simone Vigilante

January 12-14, 2018 | “WINDS of WINTER” The debut performance of the new Brevard Woodwind Quintet - Asheville Area

Fun music for quintet by Danzi, Ibert, and Arnold plus a Romantic Piano Sextet by Ludwig Thuille

December 1-3, 2017 | “FLUTE FANDANGO” - Asheville Area

Flute and piano works inspired by jazz and the tango with music
by Piazzolla, Gershwin, Schoenfield, and more

October 13-15, 2017 | “THE FOLK SPIRIT” - Asheville Area

Great piano trios exploring the connections between folk and classical music with exciting works by Dvorak, Piazzolla, and Schoenfield

September 21-24, 2017 | “JEWISH JAZZ 2” - Asheville Area

Another fun program exploring the connections between Jewish Klezmer music and early American Jazz featuring Steve Loew, clarinet and Daniel Weiser, piano

July 6-9, 2017 | “BLOWIN’ in the WINDS” - Asheville Area

A concert of beautiful trios for flute, oboe, and piano

July 1-2, 2017 | “The SOUND of AMERICA” - Asheville Area

Great American music for clarinet and piano by Gershwin, Goodman, Joplin, Sousa, and more

June 2-4, 2017 | “DANDY D’INDY” - Asheville Area

Great Piano Trios for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano

Monday, May 29 | “Picnic for Peace, Part III” - Asheville Area

The Asheville Clarinet Quartet and the DeMasi Brothers perform at Steve Loew's home in this Memorial Day tradition

May 7 & June 4, 2017 | “A Night in Vienna” - Asheville Area

Encore performances at White Horse and Sweet Biscuit Inn. Amanda Horton, soprano; Jonathan Ross, baritone; Dan Weiser, piano.

April 14-15, 2017 | “April in Paris” - Asheville Area

Music of Mozart, Lehar and More

 


 

More Past Asheville Area Concerts

 
“FRENCH FOUR-HAND FROLIC” with Elizabeth Borowsky, piano—Feb. 24-26, 2017
 An exploration of the influence of cabaret, ragtime, and jazz on French composers at the turn of the 20th century.  Works by Faure, Chabrier, Satie, Poulenc, Milhaud, and Gershwin.  Concerts at All Soul’s, Freeburg Piano Store, and White Horse
 
“JEWISH JAZZ” with Steve Loew, clarinet—Dec. 15-18, 2016
An encore weekend of this exciting show highlighting connections between Klezmer music and American Jazz.  Music by Gershwin, Goodman, Artie Shaw, Kovacs, Joplin, and more.  Concerts at All Soul’s, Agudas Israel Congregation in Hendersonville, White Horse, and Beth Israel Synagogue
 
“TWO PIANO POWER” and “FOUR-HAND FEROCITY” with Philip Liston-Kraft–Nov. 18-20, 2016
Two piano concerts at Dan and Jerry’s place with music by Porter, Gershwin, Debussy, Guastavino, and Rachmaninoff.  Four-hand concerts at Isis and at All Soul’s with music by Sousa, Rachmaninoff, Grieg, and Bizet.
 
“The FRENCH CONNECTION” with Franklin Keel, cello—Oct. 13-16, 2016
Music by Debussy, Stravinsky, and Franck.  At White Horse, All Soul’s, Isis, Hendersonville UU, and Bobbie Rockwell’s house in Biltmore Lake.
 
“CELLO CHARM” with Eric Kutz, cello—Sept. 9-11, 2016
Music by Bach, Mendelssohn, Balakirev, Barber, and Cassado.  At White Horse, All Soul’s, Isis, and Dan and Jerry’s house.
 
“LIVE at the USO” with Amanda Horton and Jonathan Ross—July 24, 2016
At the Orchard Inn in Saluda.
 
“GUITAR GUSTO” with Steve Newbrough, guitar—July 21-24, 2016
Music by Diabelli, Boccherini, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Bolling, and Rodrigo.  At Deerfield, Isis, Whie Horse, Dan and Jerry’s, and All Souls
 
“JAZZICAL 3” with Lea Kibler, flute; Franklin Keel, cello; Steve Newbrough, guitar; Will Beasley, bass;  Justin Watt, drums–July 8-10, 2016
Claude Bolling Suites for Flute (2nd), Cello, and Guitar plus Mike Mower’s Latin Suite.  At Dan and Jerry’s house, Isis, and White Horse
 
“BY GEORGE” with Dan Weiser, piano—July 7, 2016
Music by George Gershwin from 1917-1928.  At Kristie Doll’s House in Buffalo Mountain
 
THE DEMASI BROTHERS”—May 28-30, 2016
Pack Library show on May 28 (with Steve Loew).  Also at Isis and “Picnic for Peace 2”
 
“LIVE at the USO” with Amanda Horton, soprano and Jonathan Ross, baritone–May 26-29, 2016
Songs from the World War II Era.  At Isis, Tryon Estates, White Horse, and Nightingale Loft
 
“THE B’s in SPRING” with Tim Schwarz, violin—April 15-17 2016
Music by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, and Bernstein.  At All Soul’s, Isis, Dan and Jerry’s house, and Nightingale Loft.
 
“TRANSCENDENT TRIOS” with Katie Otwell, violin and Franklin Keel, cello—March 4-6, 2016
Music by Mendelssohn (C minor trio) and Brahms (B Major trio).  At Isis, White Horse, All Soul’s, and Nightingale Loft.
 
“AN AMERICAN in PARIS” with Steve Loew, clarinet—Feb. 18-21, 2016
Music by Poulenc, Debussy, Gershwin, Porter,and Ravel.  At White Horse, Isis, All Soul’s and Nightingale Loft.  Also did “LIVE at the USO” show at Biltmore Forest Country Club with Amanda and Jonathan
 
“FLUTE FANDANGO” with Lea Kibler, flute—December 4-6, 2015
Music by Piazzolla, Eldin Burton, Ravel, Nazareth, and Mike Mower.  At Isis, White Horse, UCC, and Nightingale Loft.
 
“FOUR-HAND FORAY” with Philip Liston-Kraft—November 5-8, 2015
Music by Chopin, Borodin, Barber, Moszkowski, and Gershwin.  At Biltmore Forest Country Club, All Soul’s, Isis, and Neil Rosenberg home in Weaverville.
 
“TANTALIZING TRIOS” with Steve Loew, clarinet, and Larry Stomberg, cello—Oct. 16-18, 2015
Music by Beethoven, Brahms, and Muczyinski.  At Isis, All Soul’s and Dan and Jerry’s.
 
“LIVE AT THE USO” with Amanda Horton, soprano and Jonathan Ross, baritone–Sept. 10-13, 2015
Music from the 1940’s including GI Jive, Moonlight Serenade, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy plus scenes from South Pacific and On the Town.  At Deerfield, Isis, White Horse, and All Soul’s.
 
“AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 MINUTES” with Rachel Patrick and Matthew Boyles, Aug. 5-8, 2015
 Music by Piazzolla, Gershwin, Khatchaturian, Menotti, Bartok, Poulenc, Ligeti, Vieuxtemps, and Shostakovich.   At White Horse, All Soul’s, Biltmore Lake House (Obees), and Sally and Lora
 
“FRENCH FROLIC” with Rachel Patrick, violin and Matthew Boyles, clarinet–July 30-Aug. 1, 2015
 Faure Violin Sonata, Poulenc L’Invitation au Chateau, Debussy Rhapsodie, Bozza Bucolique, and Saint-Saens Tarantella.  At Isis, Dan and Jerry’s and White Horse
 
“JAZZICAL 2”- Lea Kibler, Steve Newbrough, Will Beasley, & Justin Watt—July 10-12, 2015
 Claude Bolling Suites.  At Dan and Jerry’s, Isis, White Horse, and Beth Israel Synagogue.
 
“CELLOBRATION” with Larry Stomberg—May 22-24, 2015
Works by Grieg and Shostakovich.  At Dan and Jerry’s home, Isis, White Horse, and All Soul’s.
 
“QUINTESSENCE” with the Asheville Wind Quintet—April 24-26, 2015
 Piano Quintets by Mozart and Beethoven plus Woodwind Quintets by Reicha and Ibert.  At Isis, White Horse, All Soul’s Cathedral, and Dan & Jerry’s home.
 
“CZECH MATES” with Mary Irwin, violin and Franklin Keel, cello—April 4 and 5, 2015
Piano Trios by Smetana and Dvorak (“Dumky”).  At Isis, White Horse, and Daniel & Jerry’s home.
 
“JAZZY JEWS” with Steve Loew, clarinet—March 26 and March 29, 2015
Works by Kovacs, Gershwin, Goodman, Joplin and more.  At Deerfield and at Joyce Heitler’s home in Spartanburg
 
“WIND DANCES” with Lea Kibler, flute and Steve Loew, clarinet—March 27-29, 2015
 Works by Saint-Saens, Bizet, Brahms, Bolling, and Malcom Arnold.  Performances at Doll’s house, Isis, and White Horse
 
“THE ENCHANTED HOUR—Songs of Twilight” with Lea Kibler, flute and Amanda Horton, voice—Feb. 27-March 1, 2015
Works by Handel, Rameau, Ravel, Gaubert, Head, Previn, Porter, and more.  At White Horse, Isis, All Soul’s, and UU.
 
“CHOPIN—The Romantic Heart—Jan. 19, 2015
Solo piano show at Joyce Heitler’s home in Spartanburg, SC
 
“FOUR-HAND RHAPSODY” with Daniel Lau and Daniel Weiser, piano—Jan. 17-19, 2015
Works by Schubert, Liszt, Moszkowski, and Gershwin.  Performances at Isis, White Horse, and Kristie and Doug Doll’s house.
 
“BEETHOVEN’S CELLO” with Lawrence Stomberg, cello and Daniel Weiser, piano–Nov. 21-23, 2014
The complete works by Beethoven for cello and piano.  Performances at All Soul’s, Isis, White Horse, and UU Church
 
“JAZZY JEWS” with Steve Loew, clarinet and pianist Daniel Weiser—Oct. 17-19, 2014
Klezmer music plus works by Gershwin and Goodman, Bela Kovacs, and John Williams.  Performances at Isis, White Horse, and UU Church
 
“CHOPIN—The Romantic Heart—Sept. 21, 2014
The solo piano show at Angerstein/Schultz home in Hendersonville
 
“SONGS OF NATURE” with soprano Laura Dawalt and pianist Daniel Weiser—Sept. 18-20, Oct. 17, 2014
Music of Grieg, Faure, Rachmaninoff, Resphigi, Quilter, Gershwin, and Sondheim.  Performances at White Horse, Isis, and Trinity Presbyteriean in Hendersonville
 
“A TOAST to the STEINS” with singers Amanda Horton, Allyson MacCauley, David Fields, Andrew Hiler and pianist Daniel Weiser—-Aug. 22-24, 2014
Music of Bernstein, Blitzstein, and Jule Styne from Candide, West Side Story, Regina, Gypsy, and more.  Performances at All Soul’s Cathedral, White Horse, and Beth Israel Synagogue
 
“SHORT HISTORY of the Piano, Part V with pianist Daniel Weiser—Aug. 21 and 23, 2014
Chopin: The Romantic Heart
 
“JEWISH JAZZ” with violinist Rachel Patrick, clarinetist Matthew Boyles and pianist Daniel Weiser—Aug. 6-10, 2014
Music of Milhaud, Schoenfield, Gershwin, Goodman, and Glick.  Performances at White Horse, Isis, Asheville UU and House Concert at Streamside
 
“ITALIAN INSPIRATIONS” with violinist Rachel Patrick and pianist Daniel Weiser–Aug. 1-3, 2014
Music of Stravinsky, Respighi, Puccini, Bellini, Verdi, and Paganini.  Performances at Deerfield, White Horse, Isis, and House Concert at Angerstein
 
“SHORT HISTORY of the PIANO”, Part 4 with pianist Daniel Weiser—June 29, 2014
Music of Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Chopin
 
 “THE FOLK INFLUENCE” with cellist Franklin Keel and pianist Dan Weiser—Jun 26-20, 2014
Music of Grieg, de Falla, Bartok, and Piazzolla.  Performances at White Horse, Isis, Hendersonville UU and House Concert at Atchison
 
 “AN AMERICAN AFFAIR” with violinist Tim Schwarz and pianist Dan Weiser—June 6-8, 2014
Music of Copland, Beach, Clarke, Still, Cadman, and Bernstein.  Performances at White Horse, Isis, and three House Concerts—-Leavitt/Dickson, Angerstein/Schulz, and Rockwell/Obee
 
 “SHORT HISTORY of the PIANO”, Part 3 with pianist Daniel Weiser—June 1, 2014
The Early Romantics—Late Beethoven, Schubert, and Mendelssohn
 
 “RETURN of the DIVA” with vocalist Jennifer Smith—May 29-31, 2014
 Arias, Musical Theater, Popular Music.  Performances at White Horse, Isis, and Pack Library
 
“SHORT HISTORY of the PIANO, Part 2 with pianist Daniel Weiser— April 27, 2014
The Birth of Romanticism—-Mozart and early Beethoven
 
“TASTY TRIOS” with clarinetist Steve Loew, cellist Franklin Keel,  pianist Daniel Weiser—-April 25-27, 2014——-Music of Beethoven, Milhaud, D’Indy, Benny Goodman, and more.    At Isis, Trinity Presbyterian in Hendersonville, Pack Library, and Unitarian Universalist in Asheville
 

“A SHORT HISTORY OF THE PIANO, PART I” with pianist Dr. Daniel Weiser—-March 9, 2014

The first installment of this epic series on the great piano music of the past three centuries.  Part I  focused on the music of Bach as well as Scarlatti, Couperin, Haydn, and Clementi.
 

“THE BIG APPLE” with singers Amanda Horton and Roberto Flores with Daniel Weiser on piano—-March 7-9

Great songs about New York City by Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers, Vernon Duke, and George Gershwin.  Performances at ISIS, White Horse, and the Beth Israel Synagogue

“WIND POWER” with The Apollo Winds and pianist Daniel Weiser—Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2014
AmiciMusic presented “WIND POWER” with The Apollo Winds and pianist Daniel Weiser collaborating on great woodwind sextets and more by Poulenc, Thuille, and Dring.  Performances at Freeburg pianos, White Horse, and UU in Ahseville

“THE NEXT GENERATION” with teenager Madison Fiedler—Jan. 17-19, 2014
AmiciMusic presented “THE NEXT GENERATION” featuring teenager Madison Fiedler singing showtunes and musical theater from Kern to Rodgers to Sondheim and much more.   At White Horse, Pack Library, and Fiedler House Concert

“FOUR-HAND FANTASY” featuring Daniel Weiser and Philip Liston-Kraft—-Dec. 6-8, 2013
Four-hand piano music featuring Daniel Weiser and Philip Liston-Kraft playing together on a single piano.  Described as a “force of pianistic energy” by the Classical Voice of North Carolina and a “terrific two piano team” by the Boston Musical Intelligencer, the exciting four-hand piano duo performed a program of music by Tchaikovsky, Copland, Gershwin, as well as some holiday favorites.  At White Horse, Angerstein House, and Pack Library

“BROADWAY BABY” with soprano Amanda Horton and Baritone Roberto Flores—Oct. 18-22
AmiciMusic’s October program will took listeners on a fun ride to the Great White Way with arias, duets, and scenes from two great Broadway musicals, Irving Berlin’s “Annie, Get Your Gun” and Lerner and Loewe’s “Camelot”. Included will be such favorites as “Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better,” “They Say It’s Wonderful,” “If Ever I Would Leave You,” and “Camelot.”
The featured artists were soprano Amanda Horton, an Asheville native who has thrilled audiences with many featured roles with the Asheville Lyric Opera and solos with Asheville Choral Society along with baritone Roberto Flores, who studied in Germany, has soloed with the Asheville Symphony, and is a member of Pastyme, the premiere a capella ensemble of the Western Carolinas. AmiciMusic’s Artistic Director, Daniel Weiser, collaborated on the piano.

“Cello Rondo” with Franklin Keel, cello and Dan Weiser—September 5-8, 2013
AmiciMusic presented A “Cello” Rondo with Franklin Keel, cello and Dan Weiser, piano featuring great music by Mendelssohn, Bloch, Schumann, Bartok, Piazzolla, and more. This was presented on September 6th, 7th, and 8th.

“JAZZICAL” featuring Eliot Wadopian, Lea Kibler, Byron Hedgepeth, and Dan Weiser—Aug. 3-4, 2013
AmiciMusic combined Classical and Jazz when they presented an encore performance of a previous show called “JAZZICAL” featuring Grammy-award winning bassist Eliot Wadopian, flutist Lea Kibler, drummer Byron Hedgepeth, and pianist Dan Weiser performing Claude Bolling’s fantastic cross-over Suite #2 for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio along with some music of George Gershwin.

“VIOLIN VOYAGE” featuring Rachel Patrick—July 8-10, 2013
AmiciMusic presented, “VIOLIN VOYAGE” featuring Rachel Patrick in a musical journey around the world, with stops in Germany, France, Spain, Argentina, and America. Music by Beethoven, Saint-Saens, de Falla, Piazzolla, and William Grant Still.

“SONGS of SUMMER” featuring vocalist Amanda Horton and pianist Daniel Weiser—June 22-23, 2013
AmiciMusic presented “SONGS of SUMMER” on June 22nd and 23rd, featuring vocalist Amanda Horton and pianist Daniel Weiser performing great songs about summer from the classical and musical theater repertoire.

“The French Connection” featuring Tim Schwarz on violin with Dan Weiser on piano—May 18-19, 2013
AmiciMusic presented “The French Connection” featuring Philadelphia native Tim Schwarz on violin with Dan Weiser on piano performing works by Cesar Franck, Maurice Ravel, and George Gershwin.

“Musical Mothers”—May 12 and June 2, 2013
AmiciMusic presented “Musical Mothers” on Sunday, May 12th. Dr. Weiser played the music of Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, Amy Beach, and many more women and mothers who were able to compose beautiful music under difficult circumstances, often without support from their family.

“Pastorale” with soprano Amanda Horton, clarinetist Steve Loew, and pianist Daniel Weiser—April 27-28, 2014
AmiciMusic presented “PASTORALE” which featured soprano Amanda Horton, clarinetist Steve Loew, and pianist Daniel Weiser in a program of music for voice, clarinet, and piano. This presentation included Schubert’s homage to spring, and The Shephard on the Rock.

“The Jewish Spirit” with violinist Rachel Patrick, cellist Franklin Keel, and pianist Daniel Weiser—April 12-14, 2013
AmiciMusic presented “The Jewish Spirit” with violinist Rachel Patrick, cellist Franklin Keel, and pianist Daniel Weiser.  Ms. Patrick returns from Indiana to join forces with Mr. Keel, a graduate of Eastman School of Music and the Assistant Principal of the Asheville Symphony, as well as the cellist of the Opal Quartet. The program featured two of the most powerful Piano Trios in the repertoire, Mendelssohn’s Trio in C Minor and Shostakovich’s Trio in E minor, written in 1944 to honor the Jews who had died in the Holocaust. Both were incredibly emotional and dramatic works that showcased the resilience of the human spirit in the face of tragedy and hardship.

“Song Bird” with soprano Jennifer Smith—March 29-31, 2013
AmiciMusic presented “Song Bird” with soprano Jennifer Smith, winner of the 2010 Blue Ridge Talent Search, who returned to the region for this special program highlighting her incredible range and versatility as she sang Classical, ShowTunes, Musical Theater, and Popular music. Performances were March 29th, 30th and 31st.

“BY GEORGE”, the Life and Music of George Gershwin with pianist Daniel Weiser—March 15-17, 2013
AmiciMusic presented “BY GEORGE”, the Life and Music of George Gershwin with pianist Daniel Weiser. Dr. Weiser performed and spoke about Gershwin’s fascinating life, and how he rose from poverty as the son of immigrant Jewish parents to become one of the greatest American composers.

“JAZZICAL” with bassist Eliot Wadopian, flutist Lea Kibler, drummer Byron Hedgepeth, and pianist Daniel Weiser—March 8-10, 2013
AmiciMusic presented “JAZZICAL” on March 8th, 9th and 10th, a program that explored the convergence of classical and jazz music, featuring Grammy-award winning bassist Eliot Wadopian, flutist Lea Kibler, drummer Byron Hedgepeth, and pianist Daniel Weiser performing Claude Bolling’s Second Suite for Flute, Jazz Piano, Bass, and Drums and other works.

“TWO TO TANGO” with the Asheville Tango Orchestra—Feb. 15, 2013
On Feb 15th, AmiciMusic presents The Asheville Tango Orchestra, the premier Tango group in the Southeast featuring two violins, accordion, bandoneon, bass, and piano. This sextet tipico plays classic Argentinian Tango from the early part of the 20th century.

“BLISSFUL BRAHMS” featuring Brian Hermanson, Franklin Keel, and Daniel Weiser—Feb. 10 and April 7, 2013
Feb 10th saw AmiciMusic presenting “BLISSFUL BRAHMS” featuring clarinetist Brian Hermanson, cellist Franklin Keel, and pianist Daniel Weiser. This one-time only concert featured great music by the Romantic composer, Johannes Brahms, as well as music by Felix Mendelssohn.

“AN AMERICAN IN PARIS” featuring Amanda Horton, Roberto Flores, and Dan Weiser—Feb. 8-9, 2013
Feb 9th, AmiciMusic presented, “AN AMERICAN IN PARIS” featuring Amanda Horton, soprano, Roberto Flores, baritone, with Dan Weiser on piano. This one-time only HOUSE CONCERT highlighted American composers who spent time in Paris, including George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Ned Rorem, and more.

“Jewish Jewels” featuring Violinist Rachel Patrick, clarinetist Steve Loew—Jan. 31-Feb. 3, 2013
On Jan 31, Feb 2 and 3, AmiciMusic presented “JEWISH JEWELS”. Violinist Rachel Patrick and clarinetist Steve Loew were featured performers who were joined by violinist Ginger Kowal, violist Kara Poorbaugh, and cellist Franklin Keel presenting music by Jewish composers and works based on Jewish folk music. The program included Darius Milhaud’s Suite for clarinet, violin, and piano, Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes, and a fun work by Srul Irving Glick called “The Klezmer Wedding.”

“Violin Virtuoso” featuring violinist Rachel Patrick and pianist Daniel Weiser—Jan. 28-30, 2013
On Jan 25, 26, and 27, AmiciMusic opened 2013 with an exciting program entitled, “Violin Virtuoso” featuring Rachel Patrick. Rachel, along with pianist Daniel Weiser, performed music by Brahms, Piazzolla, Gershwin, Kreisler, and more.

“Home for the Holidays” with singer Amanda Horton—Dec. 15, 16, and 27, 2012
On Saturday, Dec 15th, Sunday, Dec 16th and Thursday, Dec 27th, AmiciMusic presented “Home for the Holidays”.  This wonderful evening featured carols and lullabies from around the world, as well as some jazzy holiday standards you know and love.

“TANGO NIGHT” with the Asheville Tango Orchestra—Dec. 1, 2012
On Saturday, Dec 1st, AmiciMusic presented “TANGO NIGHT” with our very own Asheville Tango Orchestra, the premier tango orchestra in the Southeast. This fun filled evening was a dinner/concert with delicious food provided by Black Mountain Bistro served in an elegant sit-down style.

“Clarinet Climax” with Clarinetist Steve Loew and pianist Daniel Weiser—Nov. 29-Dec. 2, 2012
AmiciMusic presented “Clarinet Climax” with clarinetist Steve Loew and Dr. Weiser on piano in a varied program with music by Weber, Finzi, Verdi, Joplin, as well as some Klezmer.

“Flashy Flute” with flutist Dilshad Posnock and pianist and Daniel Weiser—Nov. 1-3, 2012
AmiciMusic presented “Flashy Flute” which featured flutist Dilshad Posnock, in collaboration with pianist and Artistic Director Daniel Weiser, in a program that will included music by Handel, Barber, Poulenc, and Bolling.

The Great Composers Series: “Rachmaninoff and the Russians” featuring Daniel Weiser—Oct. 28 and Nov. 3, 2012
On Sunday, October 28th and Saturday, Nov 3rd, AmiciMusic presented The Great Composers Series:Rachmaninoff and the Russians” which featured pianist Daniel Weiser. A special Musical Salon with solo piano music interspersed with interesting talks about the lives of Rachmaninoff, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, and other late 19th century Russian composers.

“An American in Paris” with soprano Amanda Horton and baritone Roberto Flores—-Oct. 19, 27, Nov. 2, and Nov. 8, 2012
AmiciMusic presented “An American in Paris” with soprano Amanda Horton and baritone Roberto Flores accompanied by Daniel Weiser. The program delivered music by French composers as well as Americans who lived and travelled in Paris, including Ned Rorem, George Gershwin, and Cole Porter. Great toe-tapping songs plus a solo piano version of Gershwin’s jazzy “American in Paris” suite.

“Cello-bration” with cellist Patrick Owen and pianist Daniel Weiser—Oct. 16, 18, 20, and 21, 2012
AmiciMusic presented “Cello-bration” with cellist Patrick Owen and pianist Daniel Weiser who performed great works of Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and Piazzolla. Mr. Owen is a resident of Boston who just finished a stint as Assistant Principal Cellist of Charlotte Symphony. He has toured as a soloist through Europe and Japan and has degrees from Eastman, Juilliard, and Boston University.

“The Poetry of Beethoven”—Sept. 29, 2012
AmiciMusic presented “The Poetry of Beethoven” a wonderfully engaging evening of poetry and piano. This was a truly unique experience of Beethoven Sonatas, poetry based on the Sonatas, visual images of Beethoven, and a sit-down dinner provided by the Black Mountain Bistro. Artistic Director Daniel Weiser played movements from several great Sonatas, including the “Pathetique” and “Moonlight” and author Brett Klersfeld read from his new book entitled “A Poetic Homage to Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas.”

“TANGO!!” with the Asheville Tango Orchestra—Sept. 22, 2012
AmiciMusic presented “TANGO!!” with the Asheville Tango Orchestra. The Asheville Tango Orchestra is a classic Sextet Tipico, and they were formed in the fall of 2010 to provide live tango music at community gatherings in the South East. In their own words, “Our members are talented, passionate, and good looking.” Nothing more be said except that we had an amazingly good time. Be sure not to miss the next one in December.

“The Romantic Cello” featuring California- based cellist Margaret Moores—July 20-22, 2012
AmiciMusic presented “The Romantic Cello” which featured California- based cellist Margaret Moores along with Daniel Weiser on piano. Those who attended were treated to a most wonderful performance of works by Felix Mendelssohn and Edvard Grieg.
This concert was enjoyed on Friday, July 20 at the White Horse in Black Mountain. It was also able to be seen in two different house concerts which were Saturday, July 21, at the home of Tom and Janis Crothers and Sunday, July 22 at the home of Sarah York and Chuck Campbell in Fairview .

Thrilling Threesome featuring flutist Sergio Pallottelli, violinist Joanna Becker, and pianist Daniel Weiser—July 12-15, 2012

AmiciMusic presented “Thrilling Threesome” featuring flutist Sergio Pallottelli, violinist Joanna Becker, and pianist Daniel Weiser in a program that included works by Schumann, Mozart, Shostakovich, Navarra, and Nino Rota.
 

Sensational Soprano with Maria Clark—June 28-July 1, 2012
“Sensational Soprano” with Maria Clark, soprano and Daniel Weiser accompanying on piano was an exceptionally entertaining and enjoyable performance. Everyone in attendance was treated a great mix of opera arias, lieder, and musical theater, including some wonderful George Gershwin songs. She was truly sensational!!.
The performances were Friday, June 29 at a House Concert in Biltmore Forest, Saturday, June 30 at White Horse in Black Mountain, and Sunday, July 1 at First Baptist Church in Weaverville.

One Wild Ride: Two Magical Pianos—June 10, 2012
The Francis and Weiser Piano Duo presented “One Wild Ride: Two Magical Pianos” with David Troy Francis and Daniel Weiser, pianists. Heard was the music of Gershwin, Guastavino, Milhaud, Rachmaninoff, and more.
There was only one performance of “One Wild Ride: Two Magical Pianos”. It was Sunday, June 10 at the Diana Wortham Theater in Asheville.

Totally Tango 3 with the Asheville Tango Orchestra—June 7, 2012
AmiciMusic presented “Totally Tango 3” with the Asheville Tango Orchestra, a Sextet Tipico with bandoneon, accordion, two violins, bass, and piano. It was great tango music and dancing in a wonderfully relaxed cabaret setting. Many came and danced or just listened to this great Argentinian traditional music.
A single performance was on Thursday, June 7 at the White Horse Black Mountain

An American Affair—May 30-June 3, 2012
AmiciMusic presented “An American Affair” with violinist Tim Schwarz and pianist Daniel Weiser. They performed the music of Amy Beach, Copland, Bernstein, and some virtuosic variations on Yankee Doodle. Formerly known as The Upper Valley Duo, this pair was the 1996 U.S. Artistic Ambassadors of Music. This honor saw them spending two months on a State Department tour of the Middle East and Southeast Asia performing American music and teaching. Their music has been described as a true melodic revelation.”
Performances were Wednesday, May 30 at Magnetic Field Theater, Thursday, May 31 at First Baptist Church in Weaverville, Saturday, June 2 at a House Concert in Arden, Sunday, June 3 at a House Concert in North Asheville, and Sunday, June 3 at White Horse Black Mountain.

Dynamic Duos—May 11-13, 2012
“Dnamic Duos”—-Duos with Fred Lemmons, clarinet.
Friday, May 11 at 7:30PM at White Horse Black Mountain. Saturday, May 12 at 4:00 PM–special HOUSE CONCERT at home of Howie and Barb Fiedler, and Sunday, May 13 at 3:00PM at First Presbyterian Church in Weaverville.

Wind Power—April 20-22, 2012
AmiciMusic presented “Wind Power” with Alicia Chapman, oboe; Dosia McKay, flute; and Daniel Weiser, piano in a varied program of music by Telemann, Salieri, Madeline Dring, William Grant Still, and more. This very unique combination of instruments formed a truly wonderful ensemble.

Diva—April 14-15, 2012
AmiciMusic presented “Diva” featuring the incomparable Jennifer Smith, soprano, in a farewell performance before she heads out of the area to do some musical theater in Indiana for the rest of 2012. We will miss her, but wish her well as she starts on the road to Broadway. Jennifer was the winner of the inaugural Blue Ridge Talent Search contest in 2010 and has a remarkable range and ability to sing in a multitude of styles from opera to show tunes to jazz to pop. It was a superb night for this budding superstar who has wowed audiences with her voice, charisma, and power!! The performances were, Saturday, April 14 at the First Congregational Church in downtown Asheville and Sunday, April 15 at the White Horse Black Mountain.

Totally Tango 2—April 2, 2012
AmiciMusic presented “Totally Tango 2”, the second in a series of great tango nights featuring the Asheville Tango Orchestra at the White Horse Black Mountain. We danced or listened to a traditional Sextet Tipico featuring two violins, accordion, bandoneaon, piano, and bass performing classic Tango music in a fabulous cabaret setting.

A ‘Franck’ly French ‘Faure’—March 22-25, 2012
“A Franckly French Faure with violinist Rachel Patrick and pianist Daniel Weiser. Great Violin Sonatas by Gabriel Faure and Cesar Franck. Program was seen on Thursday, March 22 at house concert of Melene Tuton-Patchel, on Friday, March 23 at house concert of Sally Sparks and Lora Tannenholz, on Saturday, March 24 at White Horse, and on Sunday, March 25 at Ardenwoods.

The Luck of the Irish—March 16-18, 2012
The Luck of the Irish” with soprano Christine Cullen and pianist Daniel Weiser. This varied program included opera arias by Puccini and Verdi, lieder by Strauss and Faure, show tunes from “Finian’s Rainbow” and classic Irish songs such as “Danny Boy,” and “When Irish Eyes are Smiling.” This program was seen Friday, March 16th at 7:00 pm and Sunday, March 18 at 3:00 pm.

An American in Paris—March 8-11, 2012
“An American in Paris” with Amanda Horton, soprano, Roberto Flores, baritone, and Daniel Weiser, piano. This program features music by American composers who traveled in France, including Aaron Copland, Cole Porter, and George Gershwin.

Classy Clarinet—Jan. 29 and Feb. 9, 2012
In this program, clarinetist Fred Lemmons teamed up with pianist Daniel Weiser to perform wonderful music by Weber, Brahms, Debussy, Bernstein, and a fun Kelzmer-style work by Simon Sargon. This concert was seen Sunday, January 29 at 2:00 and Thursday, February 9 at 7:00.

It’s a Fine (Four-Hand) Romance – Francis & Weiser Piano Duo—Feb. 10-12, 2012
This program featured the debut of the Francis & Weiser Piano Duo, a new dynamic team of powerful pianists comprised of David Troy Francis and Daniel Weiser. This was a special Valentine’s Day-inspired program with music by Mozart, Faure, Borodin, Barber, and a fantastic four-hand arrangement of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. It was a celebration of some of the most romantic and lyrical four-hand music ever composed.