Dr. Kevin Ayesh, is a virtuoso concert pianist. Locally based and nationally renowned, he has performed concerts and presented master classes throughout the United States, Canada, Germany, and Hong Kong. He has appeared as concerto soloist with the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, the Brevard Philharmonic Orchestra, the Asheville Chamber Players, the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, and the Blue Ridge Orchestra. Dr. Ayesh has been the head of the music department at Blue Ridge Community College since 1992.
A community treasure for over 20 years, the Hendersonville Swing Band, led by trombonist Jerry Zink, plays music of the Big Band era, and occasionally slips in a number from the “Modern” era. Nearly all the members of the 16-piece band are retirees. Not only does Zink introduce the tunes for the concert, he will include a few jokes, many which are as old as the music itself! This is the band’s sixth appearance at UUFH.
The Summer Young Artist Program is offered to singers for six weeks. While in residence, young artists prepare a recital of scenes and arias from standard opera and musical theatre repertoire for touring performances in Western North Carolina. They perform roles and covers in a professional production with Asheville Lyric Opera, and receive intensive training with the staff opera professionals.
Ten percent of this concert’s profits will support The Free Clinics.
Romanian born guitarist Silviu Ciulei began his musical training at an early age and was soon winning prizes in national and international competitions, first in Europe and more recently in the United States. His interest in Flamenco was first awakened while on a family holiday in Spain. It was not long before he moved to Cadiz, Andalusia the heartland of Flamenco, where he began several years of intense study. He graduated with his PhD in classical guitar performance under the tutelage of Bruce Holzman, Director of the Guitar Program at Florida State University’s College of Music, one of the leading figures of guitar teaching in the US. He is currently a music professor at Furman University.
A portion of the ticket proceeds go to benefit the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra.
Since 1997, Cantaria has been a community chorus providing the opportunity for gay and gay-supportive men to sing together in Western North Carolina. Their goals are musical excellence, social interaction and support, and presenting a positive gay image. The chorus presents a broad range of music including classical, popular, and show tunes, and has distinguished itself with outstanding performances in this area and beyond. Their singers come from a broad range of careers and musical experiences, and bring a great deal of passion and dedication to their singing. They have been led by Asheville native Steve Cooper since 2009, and are accompanied by Stephen Klein, who also serves as the music director at Trinity Presbyterian Church.
Ten percent of this concert’s profits will support Loving Food Resources.
Purchasing and Reserving Tickets
Tickets may be reserved by calling the UUHF Office at 828-693-3157 or by email. State your name and the number of tickets needed. Your reserved tickets will be available at the door 30 minutes before the concert.
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