Mountain flair meets holiday favorites during the Hendersonville Symphony’s opening night concert of the 2021-2022 season.
Frontman of the Grammy Award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers, Graham Sharp will lead the music with his prolific banjo. Following Sharp will be Nashville-based, award-winning fiddler Julian Pinelli, and soprano vocalist Amanda Horton will round out the showcase.
“Our excitement is greater than ever, starting this season with a special holiday concert,” said Paul Conroy, HSO executive director. “I can’t think of anything that brings a community together in celebration, better than traditional holiday music.”
In addition to the banjo, Sharp excels vocally and on the guitar. He is best known for his work with the Asheville-based bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers.
As the world entered lockdown in 2020, Sharp began to draw inspiration from a wellspring of emotions, releasing his first solo album “Truer Picture.”
Pinelli is a free-spirited violinist who spins deep tone with modern ease. Awarded the 2016 Fresh Grass Fiddle Award, and winner of the 2017 RockyGrass fiddle competition, Pinelli has toured with cellist Ben Sollee and progressive bluegrass outfit Front Country.
Pinelli’s latest CD release is “Bent Creek.”
Horton is a rich soprano of great vocal expressiveness.
“Classical Voice of North Carolina” wrote Horton is “capable of quiet passion and simplicity, joy and power.”
On stage, Horton performs a variety of repertoire, including opera, musical theater and Appalachian folk tunes — from symphony halls to the cabaret stage. Her latest recording is “Songs from Quarantine.”
The performance will be at the Blue Ridge Community College Concert Hall. Reserved concert tickets are $45, adults; $12, students. Tickets can be purchased at hendersonvillesymphony.org, or by calling 828-697-5884.