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38th Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Fest

by Brenda Baldwin

You won’t want to miss an unforgettable summer as the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival unfolds its 38th season of chamber music at its best! Enhancing the cool mountain temperatures and fine dining, the Festival offers chamber music’s master composers curated in creative ways and performed by world-class musicians.

Concerts are held in Highlands on Friday and Sunday evenings at the Performing Arts Center and in Cashiers on Saturday and Monday evenings at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library.

The music begins with Opening Gala concerts and receptions on July 5 and 6 featuring the phenomenal music of George Gershwin. “Mozart in the Mountains,” “Jazz Meets Classics: Impressions and Reflections” and “Anything You Can Do…” are a few of the innovative programs designed to captivate and delight. The Final Gala on August 11 will present our first-ever swing concert with “Beethoven, Bailey and a Big Band” featuring the Joe Gransden Big Band.

Returning Festival favorites are cellists Zuill Bailey, Sara Sant’Ambrogio, Ani Aznavoorian and Charae Krueger; violist Yinki Kong; jazz pianist Gary Motley; violinists David Coucheron, Philippe Quint, Kate Ransom, Helen Kim and Julianne Lee; pianists Julie Coucheron, Victor Asuncion, William Ransom, Elizabeth Pridgen and Fei-Fei; tenor Bradley Howard; and the Vega Quartet. The Armida String Quartet, violinist Robyn Bollinger, pianist Norman Krieger, violist Scott Rawls, clarinetist Marcie Gurnow, and the Solera String Quartet are making their first Festival appearances.

The ever-popular Feasts of the Festival, Salons, Interlude Concert, and Family Concert and Ice Cream Social will round out this amazing collection of chamber music offerings.

Tickets for the season or for individual concerts may be purchased by calling (828) 526-9060, via email at hccmfnc@gmail.com, or online at h-cmusicfestival.org where you will also find details about this summer’s superb chamber music festival season.

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