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PERFORMING ARTS The Asheville Symphony presents ‘Masterworks 5’ Feb 23 BY STAFF REPORTS • DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE The three very distinct composers presented on this concert all found great inspiration in connecting with their roots. Zoltan Kodály pioneered the field of ethnomusicology while exploring the music of his native Hungary. His Dances of Galánta are a collection of village dances reimagined as a symphonic work and transformed with colors of the modern symphony orchestra. Next, Alexi Kenney, winner of the 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, brings his unique perspective to Dvořák’s Violin Concerto — full of lyricism inspired by the rich Czech folkloric tradition. The concert’s centerpiece is Beethoven’s beloved “Pastoral” symphony, which was inspired by the composer’s love of the countryside. MEI-ANN CHEN GUEST CONDUC- TOR Praised for her dynamic, passionate conducting style, Mei-Ann Chen, guest conductor Taiwanese-American conductor Mei-Ann Chen is acclaimed for infusing orchestras with energy, enthusiasm, and high-level music-making, galvanizing audiences and communities alike. Appointed Music Director of the MacArthur Award-winning Chicago Sinfonietta in 2011, Ms. Chen’s contract has been extended through the 2020-2021 season. She also serves as Artistic Director & Conductor for the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Summer Festival, a post she has held since 2016. ALEXI KENNEY VIOLINIST The recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, violinist Alexi Kenney has been named “a talent to watch” by the New York Times, which also noted his “architect’s eye for structure and space and a tone that ranges from the achingly fragile to full-bodied robustness.” His win at the 2013 Concert Artists Guild Competition at the age of nineteen led to a critically acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut recital at Weill Hall. IF YOU GO Asheville Symphony MASTERWORKS 5: Kodály, Dvořák, Beethoven • SATURDAY, FEB. 23, 8pm. THOMAS WOLFE AUDITORIUM Mei-Ann Chen, guest conductor • Alexi Kenney, violin Join us for another Jeeves adventure. January 23 - February 17, 2019 jEEVES at sea Adapted by Margaret Raether based on the stories of P.G. Wodehouse 828.239.0263 6 |RAPID RIVER’S ARTS & CULTURE MAGAZINE Vol. 22, No. 06 — February 2019

MARCH ART PREVIEW Events to celebrates the life and times of Zelda Fitzgerald March 9 - 15 BY STAFF REPORTS • RIVER ARTS DISTRICT, ASHEVILLE “We” acrylic on canvas, 12”x8” by Dawn Eareckson Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald was a vibrant and talented writer, painter and dancer. In the ‘20s she and her husband, F. Scott Fitzgerald heralded in the birth of the Jazz age with large parties. Zelda was penned America’s “first flapper.” Zelda was in and out of several institutions during the ’30s and ‘40s where she was diagnosed with schizophrenia and exposed to the treatments of the day. (Today, it is supposed, that she may have been experiencing Bipolar Disorder). During the last 12 years of her life, Zelda lived in Asheville. On March 10, 1948, Zelda died in a tragic fire at Asheville’s Highland Hospital while locked in her room. “Diagnosis” acrylic on glass, 30”x20” by Dawn Eareckson Sunday, March 10, the City of Asheville will mark Asheville’s Fourth Annual Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald Day, with festivities around town between Saturday, March 9 - Friday, March 15. The community is invited to CELEBRATE ZELDA’s creative spirit and honor her memory through a week-long celebration of the arts! (More info can be found on FB at “Zelda Fitzgerald Day in Asheville.” Saturday, March 9, 11- 5pm – Second Saturday Art Exhibit at the Wedge, “How Much The Heart Can Hold,” 129 Roberts Street, Second Floor, Asheville. Featuring Artists from Aurora Studio & Gallery and other works, some exploring the life of Zelda Fitzgerald and the ’20s. Dawn Eareckson from Aurora Studio will be demonstrating her “expressionistic art” style in Cindy Walton’s Studio, #2A. at the Wedge. IF YOU GO For more info or Vol. 22, No. 06 — February 2019 RAPID RIVER’S ARTS & CULTURE MAGAZINE | 7