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The Interlude Concert Series

by Angie Jenkins

Interlude Concerts bring a measure of contentment to hectic Highlands summer afternoons.

The Interlude Concert Series, which is sponsored by Highlands First Presbyterian Church, continues with a great lineup for August. All concerts are on Wednesdays at 2:00 P.M. at First Presbyterian Church.

Featured on Aug. 7 will be the Land of the Sky Chorus. The Land of the Sky Chorus is the performance name of the Asheville Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Founded in 1948, the chapter is an educational and fraternal singing organization open to men who like to sing. Members are drawn from surrounding counties, and are from diverse walks of life.

On August 21, the Smoky Mountain Brass Band will take the stage. A British-style brass band, the group was formed in 1981 by Western Carolina University music professor Richard Trevarthan. Based in Asheville, the group draws its membership from throughout Western North Carolina. Currently directed by Casey Coppenbarger, they perform in and around Western North Carolina, the Southeast, and the nation.

The Carolina Women’s Chorale will perform in the final Interlude concert of the season on August 28. Founded in 2017 by Donna Philips, the Chorale consists of singers from the surrounding area. The group is directed by Dr. Michael Lancaster and accompanied by Susan Clearman.

There is no charge for the Interlude concerts, which constitute a ministry in music to the community. Dress is casual – come as you are. First Presbyterian Church is located at the corner of Main and Fifth Streets. Handicapped accessible entrances are located on Church Street and on Fifth Street.