AmiciMusic means “music among friends”, a suitable sentiment for the holiday season.
The musical collective, founded by pianist Daniel Weiser in 2011, is dedicated to bringing high quality chamber music to intimate, non-traditional spaces. The White Horse Black Mountainhas a long history with AmiciMusic, and its listening room ambiance, equipped with a fine grand piano, is ideally suited to the organization’s aim of breaking down barriers between listeners and performer. On Friday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. there will be a special performance at the White Horse of “Four-Hand Holiday”, arrangements of seasonal favorites played by Weiser and Alex Watson at one piano.
AmiciMusic describes the concert as a “fun program of four-hand piano arrangements of some of the best-loved holiday classics, highlighted by a virtuosic version of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” that is a true high-wire choreographed ballet of twenty fingers competing on a single piano. We will also perform Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride” and jazzy arrangements of some popular carols and Christmas nuggets. This is a great way to get the holiday season started!”
Hailing from the Eastern North Carolina city of Wilson, Alex Watson embodies more than 25 years of performance experience in solo classical, jazz, sacred, chamber music, vocal accompanying, contemporary ensembles, jazz combo, big band, and studio session artistry.
He prides himself in having outstanding music sight-reading abilities and a broad stylistic approach to the instrument. He believes music always respects the quiet moments, delicately breaks the silence and allows room for breath. He finds peace in the instrument and shares its beauty to listeners on stage and in intimate engagements.
Daniel Weiser, founder and Artistic Director of AmiciMusic, has performed chamber music in great concert halls around the world, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Dr. Weiser has a Doctorate in Piano from the Peabody Conservatory and was the 1996 American Ambassador of Music for which he toured the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
Weiser earned his BA in American History at Columbia University and later spent a year at Harvard Law School at the same time as President Obama. He has recorded fifteen CDs and has taught at Dartmouth College, UNC Asheville, Longy School of Music, and St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH. He has also coached opera for Asheville Lyric Opera, Opera North and Da Corneto Opera. He now lives in Baltimore, MD with his wife, Kisha, and twin daughters, Emma and Sophie.
Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 advance/$20 door. Visit www.whitehorseblackmountain.com.