It's De-Lovely at the Ashe Civic Center July 16
The Ashe County Arts Council presents "It's De-Lovely" at the Ashe Civic Center on Saturday, July 16, at 7:30 p.m.
The program repertoire will include music of American songwriter icon Cole Porter, including classics like "Night and Day," "Begin the Beguine," "It's De-Lovely" and "I've Got You Under My Skin," performed by the Carolina Chamber Symphony Players, featuring acclaimed vocalist Martha Bassett.
The Carolina Chamber Symphony Players, also known as the Carolina Chamber Symphony, was founded in 1992 by Robert Franz and a group of fellow musicians from the North Carolina School of the Arts.
Franz served as artistic director and conductor of the orchestra for 10 years. Over the past 16 seasons, the orchestra and its chamber ensembles delighted audiences, commissioned and premiered new works by some of this country's most gifted composers, featured guest artists of national renown and provided music education experiences for students of all ages.
Since Franz's departure in 2002, the orchestra has engaged a series of distinguished guest conductors, including Kate Tamarkin, Alfred Sturgis, Robert Chumbley and David Wiley.
In 2006, the organization added "Players" to its name to reflect a growing emphasis on small ensemble performances. The organization is focused on presenting chamber ensembles playing music of all genres in intimate settings, while the full orchestra continues to perform and to collaborate with other groups.
The ensemble for "It's De-Lovely" includes Jacqui Carrasco on violin, Matt Kendrick on bass, Federico Pivetta on piano, Wally West on saxophone, Ken Wilmot on trumpet, John Wilson on drums and Martha Bassett on vocals.
Tickets are $12 adults and $5 students and are available at the Ashe Arts Center or by phone at (336) 846-ARTS.