A crisp breeze is beginning to blow through the mountains, signaling the beginning of cold weather. The hills are losing their bright greens and preparing for the oncoming onslaught of wind, sleet, and snow.  The sweaty, bright days of summer are giving way to days with less light. It’s time to enjoy the coziness of a warm, fuzzy blanket and a warm drink shared with family and friends.

In the spirit of fall, friendship and warmth, the Toe River Chamber Ensemble will perform a free fall concert on Tuesday, October 29th at 7pm at the Burnsville First Baptist Church. Welcome the fall leaves and changing weather by listening to the heartwarming sounds of the community’s orchestra. The community orchestra is comprised solely of volunteers who travel as far away as Asheville. Special guest pianist Cynthia Lawing will perform the first movement of Haydn’s piano concerto in D. Enjoy Spanish folk tunes by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and a performance of the fourth movement of Brahms First Symphony.

Guests can purchase $1 raffle tickets the night of the concert to support the Toe River Chamber Ensemble. David Chandler, a local luthier, has graciously donated one of his violins to raise money for the orchestra.

Cynthia Lawing, a native of Hong Kong, received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Wittenberg University, The Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University. She has performed throughout the United States, in Asia, Europe, and South America. Cynthia is a member of the Lawing-Cook piano duo, the Bechtler Ensemble and regularly performs with her husband Dr. William Lawing, a trumpeter. In addition to her performance, she is in great demand as a clinician and adjudicator. Cynthia Lawing is a member of the Applied Music faculty at Davidson College and a new resident of Burnsville.

Cynthia recently performed a solo piano recital at the First Presbyterian Church in Burnsville on the Steinway piano selected by the renowned Hungarian pianist Lily Kraus who made her home in Burnsville and Celo, NC. She also performed George Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue with the Hendersonville Community Band. Cynthia is a member of the Steinway & Sons Teacher Hall of Fame.

The Toe River Chamber Ensemble is made possible in part by a Grassroots Arts Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Cultural and Natural Resources Department, a state agency and by those individuals and organizations who believe in the benefits of music. Want to help the Arts Council keep the music flowing, sponsor more concerts? Donate to the Chamber Ensemble today.

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