trce1_webThe chamber’s fall concert will be held at 7pm on Tuesday, October 30, at the First Baptist Church on the Town Square in Burnsville. It’s always free and the most beautiful sounding “voice” in the town. Selections will include a string orchestra arrangement of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Don’t Cry for me, Argentina”, a performance by four trumpets, Isaac Albeniz’ “Asturias”, and a premier performance by composer, arranger, TRCE member, Joseph Norris. 

And not to forget a special trickery treat of Halloween sounds and songs. 


The holiday concert is Tuesday, December 18, featuring Vivaldi’s “Gloria”. Stay tuned for more information.

The Toe River Chamber Ensemble is TRAC’s own community orchestra. First organized in 1975, the all-volunteer Ensemble consists of approximately two dozen local musicians of all ages who meet weekly to rehearse. The Ensemble, together for over 30 years, are musicians from Yancey, Mitchell, Avery, Madison, and Buncombe Counties, and from many backgrounds, professions and ages — farmers, librarians, salespeople, potters, ministers, photographers, office and construction workers, teachers and students, doctors and hospital technicians; the list goes on and on. It is an interesting cross-section and a demographic blend created by a shared love of classical music. 

Lisa Mauney, the Ensemble’s current director, points out that the Chamber Ensemble continually welcomes new players, particularly those of orchestral string or wind instruments. The current group rehearses weekly at the First Baptist Church in Burnsville.

The community chorus has begun rehearsal for Vivaldi’s “Gloria”, a spectacular performance just for the Holiday Concert. They are meeting at the First Baptist Church on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 (ending time approximate). Cost is $10 to participate. If you would like to lend your voice to the chorus, please contact Jessica May or 864.419.0311. 






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.






Photography by Steve Buettner

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