The Wortham Center for the Performing Arts introduces its first-ever Artist In Residence, cellist and singer-songwriter Shana Tucker.

As the new Wortham Center’s inaugural Artist In Residence, Shana Tucker’s Asheville presence begins on Sept. 27 with a professional business development workshop for performing artists, Minding Your Business: Independent Artists as Creative Entrepreneurs, in the Wortham Center’s Henry LaBrun Studio.

The following morning on Sept. 28 offers an intimate, hike-out acoustic performance in nature and culinary experience at Hickory Nut Gap Farm.

In her 5 p.m. Sept. 27 workshop, Minding Your Business: Independent Artists as Creative Entrepreneurs, Tucker recognizes that independent artists routinely wear several hats – often simultaneously – in order to manage their careers. The workshop is designed to share tools to help artists increase their administrative and creative productivity. Topics include brands (estbablishing/maintaining brand consistency), networking and “netweaving” (collaborating, communicating, conjuring and “building” with colleagues), and legacy (teaching artistry, collaborations, outreach and engagement). $15. Register at worthamarts.org.

On Sept. 28, participants can enjoy an outdoor hike, acoustic concert by Shana Tucker, and culinary experience at Hickory Nut Gap Farm. Guests will begin the group hike to Crawdad Falls at 9:30 a.m. from the lower parking lot at Hickory Nut Gap Farm. After a 20-25 minute hike to the falls, Shana Tucker will give an intimate performance and storytelling experience surrounded by the natural beauty of fall in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The group will then head back to Hickory Nut Gap Farm for a delicious lunch under the Big Barn. $30. Limited space available; purchase tickets in advance at worthamarts.org.

Other residency events and outreach include:

  • In-school workshops for children focusing on creating and performing songs.
  • Conversations with civic and artistic community members.
  • Immersive performance experience examining the creative process of concert design, February 2020 in the Tina McGuire Theatre.
  • Public master class exploring songwriting and performance, February 2020 in the Tina McGuire Theatre.
  • Special pre-show discussion with Shana, April 4, 2020 at 7 p.m.
  • An evening performance in Diana Wortham Theatre, April 4, 2020 at 8 p.m.

Cellist and singer-songwriter Shana Tucker exudes a musical magnetism, making fans from critics wherever she goes. With a deep respect for lyrical storytelling, Tucker delivers breathtaking performances steeped in ChamberSoul, a sound that’s uniquely her own.

Her melodies weave together a mix of classical music and jazz with strong hints of soulful folk, acoustic pop and a touch of R&B, creating a musical tapestry with distinctive rhythmic patterns.

Of her music, Tucker says, “I’m intrinsically drawn to acoustic instruments because of their resonance, warmth and intimacy. ChamberSoulbrings musicians and audience close, and makes the music tangible, no matter how large or small the room is.” Audiences agree: Every Shana Tucker performance feels like it’s just for you.

A Long Island native, Tucker studied classical cello at Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she dove into improvisational jazz and honed her singer-songwriting skills. She received her degree in violoncello performance from CUNY-Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, where she studied with master cellist Marion Feldman. After Cirque du Soleil heard an interview with Tucker on NPR, the company invited her to be cellist/vocalist for their Las Vegas show, KÀ, where she performed for five years before returning to North Carolina.

The Wortham Center for the Performing Arts is located at 18 Biltmore Ave.

To obtain more information about the Wortham Center’s 2019/2020 Season or to purchase tickets to attend any of Shana Tucker’s residency outreach events, call the Wortham Center Box Office at 828-257-4530 or visit worthamarts.org.

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