Explore New Horizons With Pianist Christopher Tavernier

Christopher Tavernier

The Music Foundation of WNC is sponsoring its Sixth Annual World Masterwork Series – “Exploring New Horizons.” The performance, an unprecedented and technically challenging piano concert, is sure to sell out prior to the performance at the Diana Wortham Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 6:45 p.m.

“We are doing something that is very seldom done anywhere in the world,” says Joann Freeburg, Music Foundation of Western North Carolina founder.  “You won’t have to be a classical music fan to enjoy this concert.  You can appreciate it from a historical, technical and performance perspective.  It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity where you can experience the classical style with today’s current popular music.

The evening will feature pianist Christopher Tavernier. “Exploring New Horizons” with the “Great Piano Classics” and Christopher will astound the classical purists with his grace and technique.  The program will begin with some of the most demanding classical music written by the world’s greatest composers and will combine his passion for classical music with today’s musical themes from Hollywood’s Greatest Mega-Hits.

The piano that Tavernier will be playing on is especially noteworthy.  Made in Boston, provided by Freeburg Pianos in Hendersonville is the latest American-made Mason and Hamlin model CC-94 Concert Grand piano and is making its premier “Main Stage” performance at the Diana Wortham Theatre this September.  It is the third longest handmade piano in the world at nine-feet-four-inches long.  The piano will be tuned to the Equal-Beating Victorian temperament, a tuning method that was preferred in Europe during the 1800s and still by many classical performers.  The resulting rich sound to both the trained and untrained ear is often described as more vibrant that tuning commonly used today.

Christopher Tavernier made his orchestral debut with the Tar River Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of thirteen in Rocky Mount, NC, performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in the opening concert of the orchestra’s Fall 2013 season.  Since then he has won the Hendersonville, Asheville, Augusta, and Charlotte Symphony concerto competitions, and second prize in the National Elizabeth Harper Vaughn Concerto Competition in Kingsport, Tennessee, where he was the youngest performer in the history of the competition.  In the summer of 2017, he was one of two pianists who won the Brevard Music Festival Jan and Beattie Wood Concerto Competition, competing in a field that included college undergraduate and graduate students.

Tickets cost $12 and can be purchased at the box office at 18 Biltmore Ave. in Asheville or online at www.dwtheatre.com.

About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for seven years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.