By Dasha Morgan- At 3:00 PM on Saturday, January 5th, at the Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village or on Sunday January 6th at 4:00 PM at St. James Episcopal Church in Hendersonville, you can enjoy an elegant Twelfth Day of Christmas performance by the Asheville Symphony Chamber Chorus.
The chorale has 32 distinguished singers from all walks of life. They will perform gorgeous renditions of A Festival of Carols, I Saw Three Ships, Ave Maria, and many more favorites of the season. It’s a wonderful opportunity to hear musical classics in an intimate setting. Tickets will be $20 and can be purchased online or at the door.
Michael Lancaster was appointed Music Director of the Asheville Symphony Chorus in the fall of 2012. In this capacity he prepares the ASC for performances with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra as well as independent concerts. He formerly was the Director of Choral Activities in the School of Music at Western Carolina University, where he conducted the Concert Choir, University Chorus and Early Music Ensemble and taught conducting, choral methods and voice.
Dr. Lancaster serves as Director of Worship and Music at First Presbyterian Church, Highlands, NC. In April 2018 Dr. Lancaster was appointed as the Conductor and Artistic Director of the Carolina Concert Choir in Hendersonville, NC.
The Chorus occasionally performs flash mobs around the Asheville area, singing Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus and We Wish You a Merry Christmas to the delight of dozens of people in each of six different venues. The surprise and wonder — and sometimes tears of joy — on the faces of Asheville shoppers is heartwarming to see.
Their members come from all walks of life and range in age with professional musicians to talented high school and college students. Auditions will be held January 22, 2019 from 3 PM-6:30 PM and January 29, 2019, from 3 PM – 6:00 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak Street, Asheville
The Asheville Symphony Chorus is part of the Symphony family that includes the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and the Asheville Symphony Guild. Every season the Asheville Symphony Chamber Orchestra and presents its own independent concerts, often involving musicians from the Symphony Orchestra.
The Chorus has a long history of performing choral classics from every century. With a love for choral art, the chorus has presented hundreds of rich musical treasures over the years with the intent of preserving as well as introducing them to new lovers of classical music.
The Asheville Symphony Chorus was founded by DeWitt Tipton in 1991. He is now the Director of Music for St. John in the Wilderness Church in Hendersonville.