Appassionata: The Romance of Italian Opera Benefit Concert (Sunday, November 19, 2017)

The Orchard Inn & Amici Music Present an Elegant Night of Italian Opera

AmiciMusic Amanda and JonathanWe are excited to announce a follow-up to our previous sold-out benefit concert, co-hosted with AmiciMusic! Our previous USO Show and Night in Vienna concerts were so popular that we wanted to hold another evening of fun and music: all to benefit the Saluda Historic Depot!

AmiciMusic, Asheville’s award-winning music organization, will present Appassionata, an elegant and entertaining evening of famous operatic scenes from Donizetti, Verdi, and Puccini, plus early Italian art songs and popular Neopolitan songs. This one-time event will be on Sunday, November 19th, at 4:00 at the Orchard Inn. This performance will be a fundraiser to benefit the Saluda Historic Depot.

Please call us at (828) 749-5471 to purchase your tickets, or visit the AmiciMusic website. But don’t wait – tickets are limited and our last two events have sold out!

The Performance

Appassionata Performance Flyer - SaludaPlease join AmiciMusic for another wonderful evening of songs, duets, and operatic scenes with Asheville’s own singing stars, Amanda Horton and Jonathan Ross, along with special guest, tenor John Kaneklides. They will team up with AmiciMusic Artistic Director Daniel Weiser on piano for this spectacular celebration of some of Italy’s best operas.

We will be hosting this special event here at The Orchard Inn and will be offering delicious hors-d’oeuvres as well as a full cash bar. The cost is $60 per person. The views will be exquisite, the food incredible, the atmosphere cozy, and the music superb. The concert will benefit the Saluda Historic Depot, a nonprofit dedicated to making the historic train station into a museum that highlights the history of the railroad, Saluda’s downtown, its people, and the history of its natural resources.  Seating will be limited and reservations are required.

Where to Get Your Tickets:

Call us at (828) 749-5471 to get your tickets for this one-time event! You can also buy them online on AmiciMusic’s website.

AmiciMusic is a non-profit chamber music organization, based in Asheville, NC and Baltimore, MD, dedicated to performing chamber music in intimate venues and non-traditional spaces. AmiciMusic, meaning “music among friends,” seeks to break down barriers between performers and audience through brief discussions of each composer on their programs.  AmiciMusic also strives to have a relaxed and informal atmosphere at their concerts to highlight the spirit of community and camaraderie.

The Performers:

Amanda HortonAmanda Horton
Amanda Horton, soprano, keeps a busy calendar of opera, symphonic, musical theatre, cabaret and chamber music.  Locally, she has sung several leading roles with Asheville Lyric Opera, and as soprano soloist for Asheville Symphony (Masterworks Oct 2016, Mozart Requiem-Amadeus Festival 2014).

Jonathan Ross
Jonathan RossJohnathan Ross, baritone, has both undergraduate and graduate degrees in music. Locally, he has performed as a soloist with the Asheville Symphony and Brevard College. He has also performed leading roles with the Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton, NY, Crested Butte Music Festival, Opera Creations, and Asheville Lyric Opera. Jonathan is the bass section leader at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church. Besides music, Jonathan is an instructor at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in the Digital Media Technologies program, a freelance designer, and a web developer.

John KaneklidesJohn Kaneklides
John Kaneklides, tenor, has been hailed by Opera News as “the very picture of youthful optimism and potential.” He is quickly establishing himself as a celebrated tenor of his time. After being named a finalist in the Nico Castel International Master Singer Competition in 2011, Kaneklides was personally championed by the prolific diction coach and opera translator – a mentorship that propelled his career in opera, art song, and oratorio.

Daniel Weiser
Dan WeiserDaniel Weiser, Artistic Director and piano, has a Doctorate in Piano/Chamber Music from the Peabody Conservatory, where he won the Richard Franko Goldman prize for outstanding contribution to musical and education life. He has performed on many great stages, including the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall and on the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago. He has also concertized around the world, including Israel, Thailand, Holland, and France and was the 1996 U.S. Artistic Ambassador Abroad, for which he performed on an eleven-country tour of the Middle East and Asia. He has been on the music faculty of Dartmouth College, Johns Hopkins University, and the prestigious St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH. He is the founder and Artistic Director of AmiciMusic as well as the co-founder and Artistic Director of Classicopia, a similar chamber music organization based in New Hampshire. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Columbia University with a degree in American History, he also spent a year at Harvard Law School at the same time as former President Obama. Dr. Weiser now lives in Baltimore with his wife, Dr. Kisha Weiser, and their eleven-year-old twin daughters, Emma and Sophie.

Call (828) 749-5471 to Reserve Your Seat!