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Arts & Entertainment Brasstown Concert Association announces 40th season

The Chosen, a vocal trio of Ashley, Jenny and CoaCoa Palladino, will perform as part of BCA’s Young Artists Concert. Photo by Emilie Gates JonesBrasstown Concert Association (BCA) announces its 2013-2014 season.

“In this, our 40th year, the Concert Association will present four distinctive concerts featuring well-known artists as well as exciting new ensembles and rising young talent,” said BCA president George Heilner.

The season opens Sunday, Oct. 13, with the return of internationally acclaimed pianist Frederick Moyer, a favorite of BCA audiences. Known for his enthusiasm, artistry and adventurous programming, Moyer has for more than 30 years performed solo and with distinguished conductors and ensembles in more than 43 countries. His repertoire includes the complete range of classical music and beyond, into jazz and specially commissioned works.

The impressive new Anon Ensemble, an all-female trio of flute, viola and bassoon will perform on Nov. 10. With only one work for this combination before the group’s formation, Anon has created imaginative new arrangements that are both exciting and accessible.

On March 30, 2014, an ensemble of the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra will provide audiences the rare opportunity to experience baroque music performed on period instruments. Known for its historically informed execution and vigorous, engaging style, NCBO will present Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, Telemann’s viola concerto and other Baroque favorites.

The season ends on May 25 with BCA’s Young Artists Concert. “We wanted to celebrate our 40th year by presenting young artists who will make the next 40 years an exciting musical adventure,” says BCA board member Pat Meineke.

The concert will feature violinist Katherine Ilsa Kelischek, a native of Brasstown and granddaughter of Master Violin Maker George Kelischek. A student of Jane Weaver and Asheville Symphony principal violinist Kara Poorbaugh, Katherine Ilsa is currently a high school sophomore at the North Carolina School of the Arts, where her teacher is internationally renowned violinist Ida Beiler.

Performing on the piano will be Rebekah Pulliam of Marble, formerly a student of Mary Ann Fox at Young Harris College and now under the instruction of Dr. John C. Salmon at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In addition to solo selections, Katherine and Rebekah will perform a duet for violin and piano.

Vocally, the concert will feature The Chosen, a trio of Ashley, Jenny and CoaCoa Palladino of Murphy. The sisters perform songs in multiple languages (Hebrew, Spanish, Ladino and English), primarily a capella with occasional accompaniment on piano, Celtic flute, Native American flute, bodhran and shofar.

All concerts are on Sundays at 2:30 p.m. in Keith House on the campus of the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, N.C. Season tickets (all four concerts) are $45 for adults, $30 for students. Tickets for individual concerts are available at the door, $18 for adults, $10 for students. Season tickets may be purchased at the door, or by mail by sending a check to Brasstown Concert Association, P.O. Box 105, Brasstown, N.C. 28902.

For more information, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (828)837-1863 or (828)837-8822.

Submitted by Roberta Rankin


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