The Ashe County Arts Council presents “Stardust Memories: A
Tribute to Hoagy Carmichael” at the Ashe Civic Center in West Jefferson Friday, July 18, at 7:30
The program repertoire will include music of composer Hoagy Carmichael, performed by the Carolina Chamber Symphony Players and featuring acclaimed vocalist Martha Bassett.
Carmichael born Nov. 22, 1899, was an American composer, pianist, singer, actor and bandleader. He is best known for composing the music for “Stardust,” “Georgia on My Mind,” “The Nearness of You” and “Heart and Soul,” four of the most-recorded American songs of all time.
The Carolina Chamber Symphony Players was founded in 1992 by Robert Franz and a group of fellow musicians from the North Carolina School of the Arts. Over the past 17 seasons, the orchestra and its chamber ensembles have commissioned and premiered new works by some of this country’s most gifted composers, featured guest artists of national renown in performances of chamber music repertoire and provided music education experiences for students of all ages.
CCSP has been involved for the past six years in the Carolina Summer Music Festival in Winston-Salem. The ensemble for “Stardust Memories” 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.
Over the past decade, vocalist Martha Bassett has entertained countless N.C. audiences with groups, such as her popular swing band, Martha and the Moodswingers. She currently tours full time with the Martha Bassett Band, an Americana and alt-country group that has opened for Lyle Lovett and played MerleFest. Her third solo CD is “Sinner’s Prayer.”
Tickets are $16 adults and $5 students and are available at the Ashe Arts Center (303 School Ave., West Jefferson) or by phone at (336) 846-2787. The Ashe Civic Center is located at 962 Mt. Jefferson Road. For more information, call (336) 846-2787.