Hendersonville native to be featured in concert series in Asheville

Hendersonville native Christopher Tavernier will be featured next month in the inaugural “Rising Star Series” concert, sponsored by the Asheville Chamber Music Series and the Asheville Art Museum.

The concert will take place on Tuesday, August 30 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Atrium of the Museum of Art, 2 South Pack Square in Asheville. Tickets are $13 for Museum members and $15 for non-members. Tickets are available at ashevilleart.org.

“The new ‘Rising Star Series’ will feature talented young artists from North Carolina pursuing concert careers,” said Polly Feitzinger, ACMS Board Member and Program Chair. “Having these young artists have the opportunity to perform beyond their academic settings allows our community to witness first-hand their remarkable musical talents in the magnificent Atrium of the Asheville Museum of Art. This is your chance to catch a rising star on your way.

Tavernier made his orchestral debut with the Tar River Philharmonic Orchestra aged 13 at Rocky Mount, performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 at the opening concert of the orchestra’s fall 2013 season. . He has won the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra and Asheville Symphony’s Concerto Competition, the Concerto Competition of the Symphony Orchestra of Augusta, Georgia, and the Brevard Music Center Jan and Beattie Wood Concerto Piano Competition, according to a press release.

Tavernier was one of 16 pianists selected from around the world to take part in this international piano competition. Additionally, he was named Perzina’s first international artist in the company’s 147-year history. His concerto repertoire includes concertos by Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev.

“The Asheville Art Museum is committed to supporting all artists in the pursuit of excellence in their chosen media,” says Pam Myers, Executive Director of the Asheville Art Museum. “Music has long been an integral part of our programming and partnering with the Asheville Chamber Music Series to present the ‘Rising Stars’ concerts is a perfect match, fulfilling the missions of both organizations. It’s wonderful to share the incredible acoustics of the new Asheville Art Museum and the beautiful ACMS Steinway piano with our community.”

The Charlotte Piano Trio will perform in January 2023, as the second concert in the Rising Stars series at the Asheville Art Museum. Details will be announced soon.

For more information on the Asheville Chamber Music Series, visit ashevillechambermusic.org.

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