The Hendersonville Symphony Wind Quintet

The Hendersonville Symphony Wind Quintet

The Hendersonville Symphony begins its celebration of Simone, Sandburg, and the American Symphony with “The American Songbag.” Carl Sandburg’s 1927 anthology The American Songbag was a massively influential song collection that heralded the rise of the widespread appreciation of American folksong. The HSO’s principal wind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn) will be performing folksong-inspired works by Dvorak, Still, Simone, and even Dylan in this lively program.

One of the earliest composers to explore the question of a “serious and original school of composition to be developed in the United States” was ironically the Czech composer Anton Dvorak. Living and travelling in the US in the early 1890’s, Dvorak composed his “American” Quartet in F major, which was inspired by the culture, spirituals, and even the trains and songbirds of America. The original version for strings has been reworked brilliantly for woodwind quintet by Georges Barrere.

The concert will also feature “Miniatures” by William Grant Still (b. 1895), often called the “dean of Afro-American composers.” The piece includes a number of songs and spirituals from Songbag and other sources, but Still’s masterful treatments move beyond the source material, standing as gems of the repertoire on their own.

Also on the program is Bob Dylan’s “Times they are a Changin.” Dylan visited Sandburg in Flat Rock and presented Sandburg a copy of the song. Tryon native Nina Simone recorded Dylan’s song, and her own “New World Coming” rounds out the concert.

Abby Bryant and The Echoes at Rhythm & Brews Concert Series

Abby Bryant and The Echoes at Rhythm & Brews Concert Series

Live music, cool breweries, delicious food, and a kid zone – it’s fun for the entire family! Free Admission!
The Rhythm & Brews Concert Series takes place on the south end of Main Street, closing off the blocks between Allen and Caswell streets. Openers will kick off each evening at 5:30 p.m. followed by the headliner performance from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
About Abby Bryant & The Echoes(headliner):
Built around a powerful voice and hard-driving rock ‘n’ soul rhythm section, Asheville, NC’s Abby Bryant & The Echoes has secured a fast-growing foothold in the Southeast music scene. Founded by Abby Bryant (vocals, keys) and Bailey Faulkner (guitar), the two formed the band out of distinctly different musical upbringings.
Starting the evening will be the Andrew Thelston Band to open the show.
To see the full line-up, go to our website: https://www.hendersonvillenc.gov/events/rhythm-brews-concert-series