The Toe River Chamber Ensemble Spring concert will be held at 7:00pm on Tuesday, May 28, at Burnsville First Baptist Church. They will be performing Haydn Symphony No. 104 in D major, William Tell Overture, and An American in Paris. A highlight of the performance will be the premiere of Sketches From South Toe, a delightful composition by one of their own trumpet player, Bill Wilkes. The composition consists of movements such as Abandoned Homeplace and Rabbit Chase. They are excited to showcase this incredible musical picture from our own South Toe community.

The Toe River Chamber Ensemble is Toe River Arts’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. 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 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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