Hendersonville Symphony Opens New Season with a ‘Celebration’

Andy Carlson

There’s a lot to ‘celebrate’ at the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra (HSO), as they get ready to kick off the 2017-2018 season.

“Celebration” on Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Community College Concert Hall is a fitting tribute to Music Conductor Thomas Joiner as he marks his 20th anniversary of serving in the lead artistic role of the HSO.  In additional recognition of the celebration, the audience is invited to enjoy anniversary cake and punch immediately following the concert.

Focusing on the violin, Joiner then thought back about past artists who have performed with the HSO. “I looked back and three violinists came to mind: Jamie Laval, Andy Carlson, and Dianna Joiner. The HSO performed with all of these artists in concert; each specializing in Celtic, bluegrass, and classical respectively.”

Joiner has a meaningful connection with each performer. Dianna is Joiner’s daughter and an accomplished classical violinist. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, she has completed post-graduate studies in violin and has embarked on her professional concert music career.

Carlson is a former undergraduate student of Joiner when he taught at the University of Georgia. Adept at American fiddle, Carlson now teaches at Dennison University in Granville, Ohio, where he started the Bluegrass music program. He has done studio work for major recording labels and played with such artists at R.E.M. Billy Bragg, and the Cowboy Junkies.

Laval is a noted fiddler exploring and expanding traditional Scottish fiddle music. A native of the Northwest, and now a resident of Tryon, he is lauded on both sides of the Atlantic for his fiddle work that is described as “Celtic Tradition and Innovation.” He is a frequent concert performer, recording artist, teaches courses in traditional playing.

The concert will feature traditional violin works by Mozart, Vivaldi, and Mendelssohn, yet is balanced out with works that feature the creative and artistic strengths of the guest performers.

Laval and Carlson will also present sections that capture and explore their personal musical journeys. “This is my journey in music, and how I feel it can be relevant for other people on their own life journey,” said Laval. “It is a message of figuring out your passion and doing it with a vengeance.”

Single reserved seat concert tickets are $40 adults, $20 Generation Now (age 40 and under) and $10 students. In addition, season reserved seat tickets are still available: $155 adults, $100 Generation Now and $35 students for all five season concerts

For more information or to purchase season tickets, visit hendersonvillesyphony.org, or call the HSO office at 828-697-5884.

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.