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Plugged into 2024: Your Plateau Concert Series Lineup

Photography by Courtney Snyder

Groovin’ on the Green

For those spending the summer in Cashiers, this is the place to be! On select Friday evenings from May through August, Groovin’ on the Green presents a schedule of live music to keep the whole family entertained. It’s a great opportunity to get out and mingle with residents and visitors as The Village Green is transformed into an outdoor concert venue. Bring lawn chairs, a blanket, or even a pop-up canopy on sunny days because you’ll want to stay awhile. 

Greet old friends, make new ones, and dance the night away all summer long! Pack a picnic, or savor food and beverages from local vendors at every event. For those who would like to rent a tent, reservation links are posted on The Village Green website and are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Shows run from 6 until 8:30 PM, rain or shine.

 

Darren Nicholson Band

May 24

Darren has graced hallowed halls of country music’s sacred stages, The Grand Ole Opry, numerous times as one of the founding members of Balsam Range. After 15 years with Balsam Range, this wanderer, which is the name of his latest solo album, has broken out on his own and gripped listeners with powerful ballads. Don’t miss your chance to let your inner wanderer free for an evening. To learn more about Darren Nicholson, visit darrennicholson.net.

The Elevated Kitchen food truck will be on-site, along with beer from Whiteside Brewing Co. Crossroads Custard will be serving up sweet treats.

 

Kevin Daniel & The Bottom Line

May 31

Kevin Daniel, a Brooklyn-based Americana singer, brings a rich tapestry of southern rock, gospel, and blues to stages across the US. Raised in North Carolina, this introspective and soulful performer has captivated audiences, earning him acclaim from publications like Americana Highways Magazine and invitations to perform at prestigious festivals like SXSW and Mountain Jam. Make sure you don’t miss this unforgettable night! To learn more about Kevin Daniel & The Bottom Line, visit thekevindaniel.com.

The Chili Chomper food truck will be on-site, along with beer from Innovation Brewing. Crossroads Custard will be serving up sweet treats. 

 

Nero Simon and The Sunsetters

June 7

This American rock band from Atlanta, GA blends the styles of classic rock and 70s California folk, transporting you to the ocean and letting you drift into a sonic splendor. Let this 8-piece ensemble band bestow some sunshine on you for the evening. To learn more about Nero Simon and The Sunsetters, visit nerosimon.com.

The El Bodegon food truck will be on-site, along with beer from Innovation Brewing. Crossroads Custard will be serving up sweet treats.

 

Commodore Fox

June 21

Commodore Fox cranks out current rock and dance hits to your all-time favorites going back to the 70s. This party band aims to please and delivers!

The Elevated Kitchen food truck will be on-site, along with beer from Whiteside Brewing Co. Crossroads Custard will be serving up sweet treats.

 

The Wobblers

June 19

This South Carolina, genre-defying, eight-piece roots band delivers soulful rhythms from New Orleans to Chicago blues. Sit back and enjoy a thrilling set of originals and some rearranged favorite covers in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. To learn more about The Wobblers, visit wobblersmusic.com.

The Elevated Kitchen food truck will be on-site, along with beer from Whiteside Brewing Co. Crossroads Custard will be serving up sweet treats. 

 

Angela Easterling & The Beguilers

August 2

Angela Easterling and her talented backing band, The Beguilers, deliver a distinctive blend of rootsy, homespun tunes that defy easy genres. Drawing from her deep southern roots, Angela infuses her music with poetic melodies. To learn more about Angela Easterling & The Beguilers, visit angelaeasterling.com.

The Elevated Kitchen food truck will be on-site, along with beer from Innovation Brewing. Crossroads Custard will be serving up sweet treats.

 

Martin and Kelly

August 16

This New England duo has quickly gained acclaim in Nashville for effortlessly blending traditional and contemporary country music. They have shared the stage with country music giants such as Brad Paisley, Willie Nelson, Miranda Lambert, and many more. Jilly and Ryan are sure to make this evening one you will never forget. To learn more about Martin and Kelly, visit martinkellymusic.com.

The El Bodegon food truck will be on-site, along with beer from Whiteside Brewing Co. Crossroads Custard will be serving up sweet treats.

 

Pretty Little Goat

August 30

Pretty Little Goat embodies the essence of grassroots music that is heavily rooted in the traditions of Western North Carolina. Since their formation in 2013, they have earned acclaim for their authentic renditions of old-time tunes and original compositions. Don’t miss an evening steeped in Appalachian culture. To learn more about Pretty Little Goat, visit prettylittlegoat.com.

The Elevated Kitchen food truck will be on-site, along with beer from Innovation Brewing. Crossroads Custard will be serving up sweet treats.

 

Back Porch Orchestra

September 6

While Back Porch Orchestra started as a modern band, there is no doubt that they’re shaped by their homegrown, traditional roots. Performing original material rooted in blues, bluegrass, country, and classic rock, they also cover hits from the 1950s to today. To learn more about Back Porch Orchestra, visit backporchorchestra.com.

The Chili Chomper food truck will be on-site, along with beer from Innovation Brewing. Crossroads Custard will be serving up sweet treats.

 

Friday Night Live and Saturdays on Pine

Each Friday and Saturday night, from 6 to 8:30 PM, this mountain town transforms into a musical oasis. Wander down to Highlands Town Square on Main Street on Fridays to revel in the varied sounds of regional and national artists. On Saturdays, pack your favorite picnic basket and set up camp in Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park for evenings set to your favorite playlists, and maybe discover a few new favorites along the way. These free concerts brought to you by the Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visit Highlands, NC are the perfect place to forge new friendships and create new memories. Bring your chairs, pack a picnic, and plan to stay a while! These free outdoor concerts are the perfect opportunity to get out and mingle with other Highlanders while enjoying some great live music.

 

Silly Ridge

May 17 (Friday)

Silly Ridge Trio is a Highlands-based classic bluegrass band that incorporates an eclectic mix of Americana and folk into their music. The energetic band showcases the talents of Knight Martorell (banjo, harmonica, and harmony vocals), Dave Mueller (mandolin and lead vocals), and David Crisp (guitar and lead vocals). To learn more about Silly Ridge, visit sillyridge.com.

 

Continental Divide

May 18 (Saturday)

Charlotte-based Continental Divide entertains with the silky-smooth voice of frontman Gene Pharr, a Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame member, and an eight-piece band with a horn section. To learn more about Continental Divide, visit bookece.com/artists/continental-divide.

 

McLain Family Band

May 24 (Friday)

Hailing from the hills of Kentucky, The McLain Family Band has garnered international acclaim for their dynamic performances of contemporary Appalachian Bluegrass music. Since their inception in 1968, they have traveled to all 50 states and 64 countries, and have graced the stages of the Grand Ole Opry and Carnegie Hall, as well as numerous festivals. To learn more about The McLain Family Band, visit mclainfamilyband.com.

 

Southside Station

May 25 (Saturday)

This five-piece band comprised of talented musicians and vocalists delivers an eclectic approach to iconic hits. From pop songs to country ballads, this band will have you falling in love with your favorite songs all over again. To learn more about Southside Station, visit bookece.com/artists/southside-station.

 

Byrds & Crows

May 31 (Friday)

Based in Transylvania County, Byrds & Crows enjoy playing songs that are deeply rooted in the Appalachian Mountains and consist of bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, folk, and early country music. Band members include Kenny Byrd (guitar, harmonica, and vocals), Sheila Byrd (mandolin and vocals), Will Byrd (banjo and guitar), Andy Cole (fiddle, harmonica, and vocals), and Joe Alexander (bass).

 

High 5

June 1 (Saturday)

High 5’s blend of rock, blues, Americana, bluegrass, country, and jazz brings a rich melody that will have you dancing the night away. 

 

The Foxfire Boys

June 7 (Friday)

Formed in the early 1980s, The Foxfire Boys is a versatile, high-energy band that grew out of its members’ participation in The Foxfire Fund’s Appalachian culture and music program in Northeast Georgia. More than 40 years later, the band has performed their mix of traditional and contemporary bluegrass, folk, country, Americana, and bluegrass gospel at renowned venues across the Southeast. To learn more about The Foxfire Boys, visit doghouse510.wixsite.com/thefoxfireboys.

 

Bill Mattocks

June 8 (Saturday)

Bill Mattocks is a true blues legend. Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Bill packed up his harmonica and headed to Western North Carolina, where he brings his authentic delivery of Chicago-style blues and other styles to mountain stages. To learn more about Bill Mattocks, visit reverbnation.com/billmattocks.

 

Spare Parts Bluegrass Band

June 14 (Friday)

Delicate harmonies meet tried-and-true barn burners that unleash an entirely unique bluegrass experience. This South Carolina band expertly uses their 50 years of musical experience to impart an evening of musical splendor in the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

 

Back Porch Orchestra

June 15 (Saturday)

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Curtis Blackwell Band

June 21 (Friday)

The Curtis Blackwell Band was formed in 1960 when Curtis, his brother, and a friend won a radio talent contest. When four more members were added, they became Curtis Blackwell and the Dixie Bluegrass Boys, touring across the eastern U.S. Fifty years later, with a home base of Macon County, the band includes two of its founding members. Curtis Blackwell is honored in the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame.

 

The HC Oakes Band

June 22 (Saturday)

Founded by HC Oakes and Nick Elhini, this six-person band delivers an impressive set list of your favorite songs, from Tom Petty to the Allman Brothers, and originals from the three albums. Be ready to rock and roll the night away! To learn more about The HC Oakes Band, visit thehcoakesband.com.

 

Johnny Webb Band

June 28 (Friday)

One of Western North Carolina’s premier country bands, the Johnny Webb Band offers laid-back yet seasoned and professional performances, giving their audiences an exceptional musical experience with a down-home flavor. With song selections spanning more than 50 years, this band’s versatility and evolving repertoire make them a favorite. 

 

The Business

July 4 (Thursday)

In Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park

The eight members of The Business deliver powerful vocals, an accomplished horn section, and outstanding showmanship. With an old-school flair, The Business brings soul and rock ‘n roll hits from the 50s and 60s, as well as choice tunes from the decades that followed. To learn more about The Business, visit bookece.com/artists/the-business.

 

Nitrograss

July 5 (Friday)

Nitrograss merges traditional Scruggs-style banjo with rhythmic motifs reminiscent of ZZ Top and the Allman Brothers, delivering melodic acoustic sounds and visually appealing performances. Band members include Charles Wood (banjo), Caleb Hanks (mandolin), Micah Hanks (guitar), and Dakota “Smoky” Waddell (bass). To learn more about Nitrograss, visit nitrograss.com.

 

Blaze the City

July 6 (Saturday)

This band brings incredible vocal harmonies, funky dance rhythms, and scorching guitar to their energetic performances. Blaze the City combines decades of performance ability and passion for delivering entertainment in genres ranging from pop, funk, and Top 40 dance to rock, country, blues, Motown, and more. To learn more about Blaze the City, visit bookece.com/artists/blaze-the-city.

 

Silly Ridge

July 12 (Friday)

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Dive Bar Divas

July 13 (Saturday)

The ensemble known as Dive Bar Divas comprises experienced entertainers with a wide range of musical genres including pop, rock, country, funk, R&B, soul, dance, and disco. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes!

 

Leadfoot Lily

July 19 (Friday)

Leadfoot Lily features an eclectic mix of 70s pop, rhythm and blues, country, folk, rock, and bluegrass. Lifelong friends Dean English and Mike Hamilton — two members of the band The Foxfire Boys — along with their wives, Shelli English and Christy Hamilton, genuinely enjoy performing together. 

 

LazrLuvr

July 20 (Saturday)

Prepare yourself for an 80s comeback featuring popped collars, teased hair, fingerless gloves, and LazrLuvr. Formed in 2021 in Asheville, this classic 80s tribute band brings a high-energy performance and show-stopping experience from start to finish. Band members include Eric Congdon (guitar, vocals), Walker Astin (bass), Hope Griffin (vocals, acoustic), Brad Curtioff (keys and synth), Sam Frame (drums and vocals), and Raphael Morales (vocals). To learn more about LazrLuvr, visit lazrluvr.com.

 

Kettle

July 26 (Friday)

A lively three-piece band, Kettle performs alternative country, electrified Americana, psychedelic folk, and all points in between. Kettle uses a unique drum set based around an old suitcase and various percussion instruments to embellish the songs. Suave and sometimes gritty vocals make for a unique, down-home, rocking good time.

 

The Breakfast 

July 27 (Saturday)

Formed in 1993, The Breakfast Club is a long-running 80s tribute band that takes its audience back to the early days of MTV. To learn more about The Breakfast Club, visit bookece.com/artists/breakfast-club.

 

Ezra & Katie

August 2 (Friday)

For over ten years, husband and wife duo Ezra and Katie have been playing acoustic music. The Highlands natives spent seven years in Los Angeles pursuing their creative endeavors of writing, acting, and performing small acoustic shows in and around the city. The duo is heavily influenced by folk music, country, and traditional Appalachian hymns. They are inspired by Americana artists like Avett Brothers, Langhorne Slim, John Prine, and Miranda Lambert. 

 

The Holiday Band

August 3 (Saturday)

The Holiday Band from Chapel Hill, NC, was formed in 1991 and inducted into the Carolina Beach Music Awards Hall of Fame in 2015. They bring jam-packed performances of everything from Southern soul and beach music to classic rock. To learn more about The Holiday Band, visit theholidayband.com.

 

ABC Combo

August 9 (Friday)

Boasting a collective experience of more than six decades, David Crisp (guitar), Brian Aulisio (bass/trumpet), Caleb Brown (drums/percussion), and Tom Herbort (saxophone), blend an array of styles crafting a rich tapestry of musical expression. This is an auditory delight that cannot be missed. To learn more about the ABC Combo, visit abccombo.com.

 

Will Thompson Band

August 10 (Saturday)

The Will Thompson Band is a talented, energetic band from Florida’s Gulf Coast. Recently winning best band on the Emerald Coast, the Will Thompson Band plays unique covers and head-turning originals. To learn more about the Will Thompson Band, visit willthompsonmusic.com.

 

Steady Hand String Band

August 16 (Friday)

Based out of Long Creek, South Carolina, Steady Hand String Band is an old-time string band performing tunes that originated pre-1930s with some old country tunes thrown in as well. They strive to preserve the oral tradition of Appalachian folk music through their modern renditions of traditional tunes. 

 

Southern Highland Band

August 23 (Friday)

Life-long friends and business partners Tom Nixon and Dean English are the proprietors of Blue Ridge Music in Clayton, GA, and the heart and soul of Southern Highland Band. The group has performed countless regional festivals and events, private parties, weddings, and receptions with other rotating band members (depending upon the venue). These accomplished musicians bring the music of various genres to the stage with an emphasis on Bluegrass roots.

 

Spare Parts Bluegrass Band

August 30 (Friday)

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Full Circle

August 31 (Saturday)

Formed in 2003, Full Circle brings the songs you know and love to the stage with great vocals, tight harmonies, and jam-packed solos. They deliver performances full of energy, covering everything from the ’60s to modern country with covers of classics by The Beatles, Chicago, Stevie Wonder, Al Green, Heart, Santana, Queen, The Pretenders, Carole King, James Taylor, and many more.

 

Johnny Webb Band

September 6 (Friday)

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Steel Toe Stiletto

September 7 (Saturday)

Formed in Greenville, SC, Steel Toe Stiletto performs all over the southeast at charity galas, corporate parties, wedding receptions, and celebratory events, bringing your favorite tunes to the stage. They are impressive vocalists and musicians known for their modern and professional performances that entertain any crowd all night. To learn more about Steel Toe Stilleto, visit partywithsts.com.

 

Silly Ridge

September 13 (Friday)

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High 5

September 14 (Saturday)

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Curtis Blackwell Band

September 20 (Friday)

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The Boomers

September 21 (Saturday)

The Boomers have shared the stage with performers like Hootie and the Blowfish, Alison Krauss, Edwin McCain, and Huey Lewis, and they know exactly how to entertain a crowd. Their performances have ranged from the ’97 President Clinton Inaugural Ball to the 2012 NFL Owners Meeting, not to mention hundreds of wedding receptions. From their groovy song selections to the unwavering quality of their stage presence, they are sure to get the crowd excited. 

 

Nitrograss

September 27 (Friday)

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Kayla McKinney

September 28 (Saturday)

Kayla’s music has captivated audiences across the southeastern United States with her heartfelt originals, including those from her album “These Two Barstools.” Heavily influenced by the likes of Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, and Carrie Underwood, Kayla’s steadfast mission of empowering women through her music is evident in each and every lyric she writes. To learn more about Kayla McKinney, visit kaylamckinneycountry.com.

 

Zorki

October 4 (Friday)

As a young musician, Zorki began his journey by playing in Washington Square Park in New York City. Eventually, he broke into the music scene and met the love of his life, with whom he is now raising two sons in the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau area. He offers complex acoustic guitar grooves and soothing vocals. To learn more about Zorki, visit zorki.com.

 

Thirsty Horses

October 5 (Saturday)

Thirsty Horses has performed across the Southeast for the past 12 years. They bring a high-energy show and an extensive setlist, covering classic rock, country, Americana, songs from the 90s, and 60s pop-rock. To learn more about Thirsty Horses, visit bookece.com/artists/thirsty-horses.

 

The Foxfire Boys

October 11 (Friday)

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Nu Blue

October 12 (Saturday)

Hosts of TV’s Bluegrass Ridge show, which is viewed in over 160 million homes across the US each week, Nu-Blu brings a unique sound and exciting performances to all of their audiences. Formerly a Carolina Music Awards Country Band of the Year, the band has toured for over 200 days each year along with national TV appearances, five albums on the Top 10 Billboard Charts, and a #1 most played song on Sirius/XM radio.

 

Bear Shadow Festival

This spring, the Bear Shadow music festival will once again grace the Plateau with a weekend full of good music, local businesses, and friendly faces. Held at the historic Winfield Farm, just seven miles from downtown Highlands, it provides an idyllic venue complete with open, grassy fields surrounded by Blue Ridge Mountain peaks. Festival-goers spend their days basking in the spring sunshine to the backdrop of stunning scenery and diverse musical offerings. Then, as the sun sets behind the mountains, they dance the night away in front of the main stage. The 2024 festival is scheduled for Mother’s Day weekend, May 11 — May 12.

 

Saturday, May 11

Gates open at 1:30 PM.

North Mississippi Allstars

2:30 — 3:30 PM

For the North Mississippi Allstars, music is a family affair deeply rooted in tradition and shared experiences. With a legacy spanning 25 years, twelve albums, and four GRAMMY® nominations, the band continues to evolve and innovate while staying true to their roots. From heartfelt blues to soul-stirring ballads, each track on their thirteenth album, “Set Sail,” reflects the band’s commitment to storytelling and musical exploration. To learn more about the North Mississippi Allstars, visit nmallstars.com.

American Aquarium

4 — 5:15 PM

American Aquarium’s ninth studio album, “Chicamacomico,” is an ode to resilience and redemption, drawing inspiration from the historic life-saving station off Hatteras Island. Frontman BJ Barham’s roots in North Carolina is deeply woven into the fabric of the album, which navigates themes of loss and salvation through poignant songwriting. “Chicamacomico” stands as a testament to the power of music to illuminate even the darkest of corners of the human experience. To learn more about American Aquarium, visit americanaquarium.com.

Futurebirds

5:45 — 7:15 PM

Athens-based rock powerhouse Futurebirds unveils their latest EP, “Bloomin’ Too,” marking 13 years of sonic exploration and unwavering determination. The band’s genre-defying journey is celebrated as they carve out their unique musical space. To learn more about Futurebirds, visit futurebirdsmusic.com.

JJ Grey & Mofro

8 — 9:30 PM

JJ Grey & Mofro embodies the essence of the Southern soul, delivering deeply moving, funkified rock that resonates with universal themes of redemption and inner peace. JJ’s gritty baritone paints a vivid portrait of life in the Northern Florida swamplands, celebrating the good times, personal triumphs, and critical struggles. To learn more about JJ Grey & Mofro, visit jjgrey.com.

 

Sunday, May 12

Gates open at 12:30 PM.

Grace Bowers 

1:30 — 2:30 PM

A true guitar prodigy wielding a red Gibson SG, Grace Bowers channels raw emotion through her fluid fretwork and soul-stirring riffs, eschewing words for the language of chords and leads. Her powerful emergence onto the music scene, Grace has garnered attention from legends like Dolly Parton and accolades from Rolling Stone for her enigmatic presence. With her debut album set to release this summer, Grace will surely make an indelible mark in music history and bring a note of that with her to the Plateau. To learn more about Grace Bowers, visit gracebowers.com.

White Denim

3 — 4:15 PM

The Austin, Texas band, White Denim, is wholly unique with its ability to craft songs that are sure to bring forth your riotous nature. You will find yourself viscerally elated and intrigued as their set unleashes a poetic sense of chaos. To learn more about White Denim, visit white-denim-music.myshopify.com.

The Record Company

4:45 — 6:15 PM

A tight-knit musical family, The Record Company is more than just a band. Their musical interactions resemble a supportive conversation among siblings, with each member’s personality shining through in their bluesy guitar leads, tight drum grooves, thick basslines, and vividly evocative lyrics. To learn more about The Record Company, visit therecordcompany.net.

Black Pumas

7 — 8:30 PM

Black Pumas burst onto the scene as one of the most electrifying acts in recent memory, captivating audiences with their unique blend of psychedelic soul. Their self-titled 2019 debut album garnered widespread acclaim, earning them a Grammy Award nomination for Album of the Year. To learn more about the Black Pumas, visit blackpumas.com.

 

Concerts on the Slopes

As summer approaches, Ski Sapphire Valley transforms from a bustling ski resort into an outdoor concert venue. Concert goers are encouraged to bring their own chairs, blankets, and other picnic items, as the resort’s supply is on a first-come, first-served basis with approximately 100 chairs. Many Sapphire locals opt to cart over and enjoy the evening festivities. 

Tickets start at $22 for all who purchase the day prior to the performance and $27 on the day of the show at the gate. Or, save with a season pass for $75 and enjoy all four concerts. You may reserve personal tents and tables through the community center. 

Shows begin at 7 PM.

 

The Tams

June 25

For over five decades, The Tams have captivated audiences with their electrifying performances! The Tams’ music blends elements of smooth soul and R&B, creating a dynamic experience that appeals to audiences of all generations and musical preferences.

 

Too Much Sylvia

July 16

Don’t miss out on the unforgettable experience of a Too Much Sylvia performance! With their captivating stage presence and distinct personalities, this band is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on any audience. To learn more about Too Much Sylvia, visit toomuchsylvia.com.

 

Swingin’ Medallions

August 6

A cherished Southern tradition since 1962, The Swingin’ Medallions have passed down their dynamic blend of music and performance from one generation to the next. Founded by John McElrath, the band now includes a vibrant lineup featuring his sons and original members, captivating audiences with their high-energy performances that bridge the gap between past and present. To learn more about The Swingin’ Medallions, visit swinginmedallions.com.

 

The Legacy Motown Revue

September 1

The ultimate Motown tribute band, The Legacy Motown Revue highlights the giants of Motown. You will be transported back in time to one of the most influential periods of American musical history. To learn more about The Legacy Motown Revue, visit thelegacymotownrevue.com.

 

Bel Canto Recitals

Bel Canto is an annual benefit performance showcasing acclaimed opera talents from around the globe, with many having graced the stage of the Metropolitan Opera. A cherished tradition in Highlands, the program delights audiences with beloved arias and Broadway melodies. Established in 1993 as a fundraiser for The Bascom, Bel Canto now extends its support to music programs at Highlands School and local preschools. The upcoming 2024 event is scheduled for September 8 at Highlands Performing Arts Center, followed by an elegant gala dinner at Highlands Country Club.

This year, Bel Canto will feature a quartet of internationally recognized singers: Toni Marie Palmertree (soprano), Anna Kelly (mezzo-soprano), Derrek Stark (tenor), and Daniel Belcher (baritone). Tickets will be available around August 15. To learn more about the Bel Canto Recitals, call 828-526-4949.

 

The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival

Each year, world-class musicians converge on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau to perform a renowned classical repertoire. One of the oldest and longest summer chamber music festivals in the country, the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival has enriched the cultural landscape of these idyllic mountain towns for over four decades. 

From July 6 through August 11, the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival celebrates its 43rd season on the Plateau with a stacked schedule of events. 

 

“Now Here This”

With violinist Scott Yoo and Friends

Saturday, July 6 at 5 PM, Highlands

Sunday, July 7 at 5 PM, Cashiers

“Spring” Sonata (Beethoven), String Trio in D Major (Beethoven), and Piano Quartet in G Minor (Brahms) will be performed by Scott Yoo, violin; Ani Aznavoorian, cello; Yinzi Kong, viola; William Ransom, piano.

 

“All in the Family”

Monday, July 8 at 5 PM, Highlands

Tuesday, July 9 at 5 PM, Cashiers

Duet for Viola & Cello (Hindemith), Romance for Violin & Piano (Dvorák), Armenian Folk Songs for Cello & Piano (Vartabed), Petite Suite for Piano, four hands (Debussy), and Quartet for Strings (Arensky) will be performed by Andres and Roberto Diaz, cello and viola; Ani and Marta Aznavoorian, cello and piano; Kate and William Ransom, violin and piano.

 

“Bastille Day Celebration — Vive La France!”

Saturday, July 13 at 5 PM, Highlands

Sunday, July 14 at 5 PM, Cashiers 

Cello Sonata (Debussy), Elegie (Fauré), Violin Sonata (Ravel), and Piano Quintet (Saint-Saëns) will be performed by Sara Sant’Ambrogio, cello; Yuriy Bekker, violin; Helen Kim, violin; Yinzi Kong, viola; Jasmin Arakawa, piano.

 

“Variety Is the Spice of Life”

Monday, July 15 at 5 PM, Highlands

Tuesday, July 16 at 5 PM, Cashiers 

Clarinet Variations (Rossini), Flute Variations (Schubert), Violin Variations (Paganini), and Symphonic Etudes, Variations for piano solo (Schumann) will be performed by James Zellers, flute; Jesse McCandless, clarinet; Yuriy Bekker, violin; Jasmin Arakawa, piano.

 

“Quartet for the End of Time”

Saturday, July 20 at 5 PM, Highlands

Sunday, July 21 at 5 PM, Cashiers 

Clarinet Trio (Brahms) and Quartet for the End of Time (Messiaen) will be performed by David Shifrin, clarinet; Zuill Bailey, cello; Victor Asuncion, piano; Risa Hokamura, violin.

 

“Concerto Night”

Monday, July 22 at 5 PM, Highlands

Tuesday, July 23 at 5 PM, Cashiers 

Cello Concerto (Dvorák) and Violin Concerto (Brahms) will be performed by Zuill Bailey, cello; Risa Hokamura, violin; Victor Asuncion, piano.

 

“Chee-Yun — Solo!”

Saturday, July 27 at 5 PM, Highlands

Sunday, July 28 at 5 PM, Cashiers 

Sonatensatz (Brahms), Sonata in D Minor (Brahms), and Sonata in D Minor (Saint-Saëns) will be performed by Chee-Yun, violin; Elizabeth Pridgen, piano.

 

“Dover Quartet — Debut”

Monday, July 29 at 5 PM, Highlands

Tuesday, July 30 at 5 PM, Cashiers

String Quartet in Eb Major (Mozart), Intimate Letters (Janácek), and Viola Quintet in G Major (Brahms) will be performed by Yinzi Kong, viola.

 

“Viano Plus Piano”

Saturday, August 3 at 5 PM, Highlands

Sunday, August 4 at 5 PM, Cashiers

String Quartet in C Minor (Beethoven), String Quartet in B Minor (Barber), and Piano Quintet in A Major (Dvorák) will be performed by Viano String Quartet with William Ransom, piano.

 

“The Three Graces — Encore!”

Monday, August 5 at 5 PM, Highlands

Tuesday, August 6 at 5 PM at The Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library

Un sospiro (Liszt), Fratres (Pärt), Polonaise Brillante for Cello & Piano (Chopin), and Trio in C Minor (Mendelssohn) will be performed by Alice Hong, violin; Charae Krueger, cello; Julie Coucheron, piano.

 

Gershon/Cohn Final Gala Concert & Dinner

“Invitation to the Dance”

Sunday, August 11 at 5 PM at Highlands Performing Arts Center, with dinner following at Wildcat Cliffs Country Club.

Invitation to the Dance (Weber), Tarantella for Piano (Liszt), Tango for String Quartet (Gardel), The Elephant Waltz for Bass & Piano (Saint-Saëns), and Rumanian Rhapsody #1 for Piano and String Quartet (Enesco) will be performed by David Coucheron and Alice Hong, violin; Vijay Venkatesh and William Ransom, piano; Jonathan Colbert, bass; Grace Gahng Gavin, cello; Joseph Skerik, viola.

In addition to the primary festival schedule from July 6 through August 11, the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival organizes numerous other special performances in venues throughout the Plateau. To learn more about the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, visit h-cmusicfestival.org.

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