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St. John’s Summer Concerts return July 6

Article Published: Jun. 26 | Modified: Jun. 26

St. John’s Episcopal Church, a mission of Holy Cross Episcopal Church of Valle Crucis, will once again present a Summer Concert Series.

Located on Herb Thomas Road, off Mast Gap Road, historic St. John’s is celebrated for its acoustics, thanks largely to its wooden walls. All concerts are free of charge. On July 6, audiences can expect a performance from Ensemble 322, a quintet of faculty members from Appalachian State University’s Hayes School.

Specializing in bow and strings and having played together for the past 15 years, Ensemble 322 boasts a repertoire that includes works from the Renaissance to contemporary and has performed both individually and as a group at such venues as An Appalachian Summer Festival, Raleigh Arts and Sounds Museum, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Caracas Philharmonic, Royal Albert Hall and Carnegie Hall and others.

For the July 6 show, the quintet is planning to take the audience on a romantic musical journey through Spain. On Aug. 3, St. John’s presents nationally recognized hammered dulcimer artist and old-time fiddler Ken Kolodner and his son, Brad, who is an award-winning clawhammer banjoist.

Brad Kolodner plays the fiddle and provides vocals, as well composing parts of their repertoire. The duo, which excels in traditional Appalachian music, began playing in 2009 and released its first recording at that time, “Otter Creek,” which became the most played instrumental recording on the international Folk DJ Radio charts. Several albums have been released since, all in the top 20 on folk and roots music charts.

Concert appearances have included the Kennedy Center, The Birchmere, Helicon’s Winter Solstice and many folk festivals throughout the country. In addition to performing, the Kolodners regularly teach and are avid supporters and developers of the old-time community in their hometown of Baltimore, Md.On Aug. 31, St. John’s will host its annual Labor Day Concert, again featuring the a cappella choir from Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia, S.C.

According to concert organizers, “This group of 12 exquisite voices has thrilled a packed house over the past three years and are back again. Their repertoire includes everything from medieval chants to old spirituals, and each one is sung to perfection. Audiences throughout the United States and abroad have been awed by their performances.”

The concerts begin at 5 p.m. and are free and open to all. Concert-goers are invited to bring along a picnic to share and greet the musicians after the concert. For more information, call (828) 963-1666.

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