Brio Concert Series is the concert series for Joyful Noise. Since its founding in 2006 by Cynthia Roop, the Brio Concert Series has been committed to providing the Weaverville and WNC community with great concerts at no cost. Artistic Director Jason DeCristofaro has planned an exciting and diverse series for 2013 – 2014, featuring a wide range of classical, Jazz, global, and regional styles. You can learn more about the 2013 – 2014 season concerts, artist roster, and our season sponsor on this page!
The Brio Concert Series would not be possible without the support of our sponsors. We would like to especially thank our 2013 – 2014 season sponsor, Blue Mountain Pizza, and our Holiday Concert Sponsor Root & Root Law Firm.
Blue Mountain Pizza
Blue Mountain Pizza was recognized in seven categories in the Best of WNC poll this past year:
Root & Root Law Firm:
Louise and her husband and partner, Al Root, left as partners in a large Asheville law firm in 1994 and have been practicing together as Root and Root, in Weaverville, since then.
After graduating from the School of Law at the University of North Carolina in 1981, Louise worked as an Assistant District Attorney in New York City, in Brooklyn. She moved back to North Carolina in 1984, which is when she began practicing law in Buncombe County.
For the past 20 years Louise has practiced exclusively in the field of workers compensation law. She was board certified as a specialist in workers’ compensation law in 2000, the first year this specialty examination was offered by the North Carolina State Bar. Louise was appointed to the Workers’ Compensation Law Specialty Committee in April 2006. She served as Chair of this committee, which writes and grades the workers’ compensation specialization exam as well as reviews applications for workers’ compensation specialization certification and recertification, from 2010 to 2012.
2013 – 2014 Concerts:
A Brio Holiday, December 19, at the First Presbyterian Church in Weaverville, NC
What better way to spend the Holiday season than with Brio Concert Series! Join pianist Sarah Fowler, vibraphonist Jason DeCristofaro, the Joyful Noise String Ensemble and the Wendy Jones Quartet for an eclectic evening of Holiday and Christmas classics, ranging from the Nutcracker to Nat King Cole, at Weaverville First Presbyterian Church, at 7 PM.
Michael Jefry Stevens and the Jason DeCristofaro Trio, Febuary 21, at the First Presbyterian Church, Weaverville, NC
Internationally renowned Jazz pianist Michael Jefry Stevens will join forces with international award winning Jazz vibraphonist Jason DeCristofaro for an afternoon of original Jazz. They will be joined by DeCristofaro’s trio consisting of bassist/composer Daniel Iannucci and drummer Micah Thomas. Location, Date and Time TBA
A Night of Tango, April 19, at the First Presbyterian Church in Weaverville, NC
Brio Concert Series teams up with the Asheville Tango Orchestra for an evening of Argentina’s globally renowned dance music. Join Gina Mashburn Caldwell (Violin), Lew Gelfond (Violin), Michael Jefry Stevens (Piano), Patrick Kukucka (Accordion), Owen Harris (Bandoneon), and Ryan Kijanka (Bass) for a sizzling evening of tango!
A Bach Celebration
Brio Concert Series celebrates the genius of one of history’s greatest composers with Gina Mashburn Caldwell (Viola), Franklin Keel (Cello), Michael Root (Classical Guitar), and Jason DeCristofaro (Vibraphone). Come experience the majesty and the glory of Johann Sebastian Bach’s timeless music.
Asheville Composer’s Concert:
For the final concert of the season, Brio will be presenting the original chamber compositions of Western NC based composers Matthew Richmond, Michael Jefry Stevens, Max Witt, Tim Winter and Jason DeCristofaro. The concert will also feature several musicians, including mezzo-soprano Kristen Walter, bassoonist Rosalind Buda, pianist John Cobb, percussionist Dave Fox, and renowned ballet dancer Fleming Lomax. Date and Location TBA.
2013 – 2014 Artist Roster:
Rosalind Buda – Bassoonist Rosalind Buda, based in Asheville, NC, is an active chamber musician, orchestral musician, and teacher. As an orchestral musician, Rosalind freelances throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, performing with the Asheville Symphony, Johnson City Symphony, Western Carolina University Musical Theater, and Gardner-Webb University Orchestra. Previously, Rosalind has performed with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony (IA), the Rome Festival Orchestra in Rome, Italy, the Lowell House Opera (Cambridge, MA), The Neponset Valley Philharmonic (Boston, MA), and the Lausitzer Opernsommer opera orchestra in Cottbus, Germany. Rosalind is a graduate of the New England Conservatory where she earned her Master’s Degree while studying with Boston Symphony Orchestra Principal, Richard Svoboda. Rosalind is adjunct professor of bassoon at Brevard College and Mars Hill University, has been a guest teacher at Eastern Tennessee State University, and maintains a private bassoon studio. Outside of classical bassoon performance, Rosalind pursues her interest in traditional and modern Scottish/Celtic/world music and various forms of Celtic dance. She plays traditional reed instruments including highland bagpipes, Scottish smallpipes and Breton bombard. She plays with the band Brizeus, Jamie Laval Band, and the medieval music ensemble Istanpitta.
Gina Mashburn Caldwell – Dr. Gina Caldwell, a native of Marshall, NC, is a graduate of the North Carolina School for the Arts BM), Boston University (MM), and Catholic University of America (DMA). Before returning to North Carolina and founding Joyful Noise, Caldwell was a professor of violin and viola at Shepherd University (WV) and Atlantic Union College (MA) and director of the String Department for the Arts education for Children Group (Maui). Caldwell has performed solo and chamber recitals as well as taught master classes across the United States and Costa Rica. She has taught students of all ages for nearly 25 years, has been a member of numerous orchestras, and is currently Principal Viola of Symphony of the Mountains and a member of the Asheville Symphony. Dr. Caldwell is a founding member of the Symphony of the Mountains Chamber Ensemble (a string quartet made up of the symphony’s principals) which concertizes in a variety of venues and concert series across the region. Caldwell is an advocate of new music and has premiered several new solo and chamber works by contemporary composers. Additionally, Gina performs with artists such as Madison County ballad singer and songwriter Joe Penland, world music group Free Planet Radio, and is a member of the Asheville Tango Orchestra.
John Cobb – Dr. John Cobb is an international performer and recording artist known for his broad interpretive range and technical command. The New York Times has praised his “solid technique, bronze tone and flexibility of interpretive style.” The Chicago Daily News commented, “the vibrations that filled the hall were less those of the piano than those of an exquisite musical mind.” He has performed throughout the United States and Europe. In recent years he has performed the piano works of the American master Samuel Barber, including his Piano Concerto with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. His solo repertoire also contains many of the works of Franz Liszt, of whom he is a direct musical descendant through his teacher, pianist Claudio Arrau, whose teacher was a pupil of Liszt. Dr. Cobb has taught at the Chicago City College, the University of Chicago, the State University of New York and at Montreat College in North Carolina. For 12 years he was a judge for the annual piano competition in New York City sponsored by the New York State Council for the Arts, where he also served as a grant panelist. He has also judged the Young Artists and Allied Arts competitions in Chicago, in which he won first prizes in his student years. He maintains a teaching studio in Asheville, NC.
Jason DeCristofaro –Jason DeCristofaro is a multi-faceted educator, performer, composer and writer based out of Asheville, NC. In addition to being artistic director of the Brio Concert Series and faculty at Joyful Noise, he is also faculty at Brevard College, where he teaches music theory, jazz history, world music, and ear training, and Brevard High School where he is the percussion instructor and director of the BHS percussion ensemble. An accomplished jazz vibraphonist, he was the recipient and winner of the 2011 PAS/Yamaha Terry Gibbs Scholarship, an international competition for jazz vibraphonists. He has presented Jazz clinics at Appalachian State University (Boone, NC), and North Greenville University (Tigerville, SC), and recently recorded and released with Steinway artist Michael Jefry Stevens on the album “Duets,” available on the ARC (Artists Recording Collective). He also frequently performs as a percussionist with the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, Brevard Philharmonic, Carolina Concert Choir and Hendersonville Chorale, director of and is the founder and host of the Asheville Composers Concert and WNCPE (Western North Carolina Percussion Ensemble). A published composer with C. Alan Publications (Greensboro, NC), Jason has written several concert works for a variety of solo and chamber settings. His works have been performed by Asheville Ballet, The Symphony of the Mountains, Asheville Original Music Series, and Joe Lulloff. Jason has presented at Black Mountain College Museum and the Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, and is a writer for CVNC (Classical Voice of North Carolina). He holds a Bachelor in Music Performance from Brevard College, a Masters of Music Performance from University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Rick Dilling – Mr. Dilling has performed with the likes of Clark Terry, Herb Ellis, Ernie Watts, Tony Monaco, Jamey Aebersold, Margaret Whiting, and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra among others. Rick currently performs with the Todd Wright Quartet, the Wendy Jones Quartet and is a regular with the Asheville Jazz Orchestra. He is a freelance player in the Western NC area and an Adunct Instructor in the Jazz Department at Appalachian State University.
Sarah Fowler – Born and raised in Asheville, Sarah Fowler is a 2003 graduate of Enka High School who went on to pursue a music degree at Mars Hill College (now Mars Hill University). As a Piano Major and Flute minor, she served as the primary accompanist for the Chamber Singers, an elite group of vocalists chosen to perform at special on and off campus events. Sarah is the current Director of Music Ministries at the First Presbyterian Church in Weaverville, NC as well as the co-director for Vocal Blast, Asheville’s Community Show Choir. Sarah accompanies several local choral programs including North Buncombe Middle School and Valley Springs Middle School. She is also one of the pianists for the Asheville Community Theatre. She is the current flute instructor for Owen Middle School, Eblen Intermediate School, Erwin Middle School, and McDowell County High School. Sarah is also a member and the President Elect of the Asheville Community Band. In her spare time, Sarah coaches the color guard at Enka High School in Candler, NC and Batesburg-Leesville High School near Columbia, SC.
Daniel Iannucci – Originally from Raleigh, NC, bassist Daniel Iannucci has been living and performing in Western North Carolina for the past 8 years. After receiving his Bachelor of Music from Western Carolina University in spring of 2010, he relocated to Asheville, NC where he performs with a variety of Jazz, bluegrass and fusion projects. He also plays with the Hendersonville Symphony and the Brevard Philharmonic.
Wendy Jones – Wendy received a B.M. and and M.M. in Vocal Performance from Appalachian State University after which she time, joined the voice faculty there where she taught for eight years before embarking on a full-time professional singing/acting career. More than 15 years as a professional singer/actress has allowed Wendy the opportunity to perform in clubs/cabaret venues from the southeast to Tokyo. She’s also appeared in leading roles on the stages of many prominent professional theatres including Flat Rock Playhouse, Florida Repertory Theatre, Little Theatre on the Square (IL), Blowing Rock Stage Company, and Temple Theatre. She was also one of nine singers chosen after an international search, to appear at Tokyo Disney in the Broadway review, ENCORE! From 1999-2008, between theatre contracts, Wendy frequently appeared as a headliner and lead production singer/dancer on various cruise ships. A lover of jazz for as long as she can remember, Wendy draws her greatest musical inspiration from artists Rosemary Clooney, Sarah Vaughan, Chet Baker, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Horace Silver.
Michael Jefry Stevens – Over the past 40 years Pianist/Composer Michael Jefry Stevens has been associated with some of the most important figures in modern jazz. Between 1988-1990 he co-led the now legendary “Mosaic Sextet” with Dave Douglas. Their “Today This Moment” CD release on Konnex Records and re-release on GM Recordings is considered one of the classic modern jazz recordings of the 1990’s and was voted one of the best 1000 jazz recordings by the 2011 Penguin Guide to Jazz. To date he has released over 75 cds. Michael Jefry Stevens has composed over 400 works for various ensembles, including big band, string quartet, music for voice, music for solo instruments and various small group compositions. Mr. Stevens was the Margaret Lee Crofts Fellow at “The MacDowell Colony” in the summer of 2000, received 2nd prize in the prestigious Monaco International Jazz Composition in 1998, and was a composer fellow at the Centrum Arts Colony in Port Townsend, WA in June 2005. In 2007 he received a “Professional Development Support Grant” from the Tennesee Art’s Commission. He has been Composer-in-Residence at Virginia Intermont College (1999) where he scored music in collaboration with the dance department and was composer–in–residence at the Oxford Music Academy Summer workshop in 2002. In 2009 Mr. Stevens was named a “Steinway” Performing Artist (the first ever for the City of Memphis). He currently resides in Black Mountain, NC and is artist-in-residence every year at the jazz workshop at Educacion Musicale in La Plata, Argentina. He has been on the performing artist roster of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts since 1998.
Matthew Richmond –Matthew Richmond has performed, composed, recorded, and taught in an extensive variety of styles and settings, from rock, jazz, and world music bands to symphony orchestras, musical theater, and drum and bugle corps. Currently, Matthew appears most frequently with Like Mind Trio (original jazz), and the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed and/or recorded with stephaniesĭd, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Steve Reich, Gordon Stout, the Percussive Arts Society 50th Anniversary Marimba Orchestra, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Josh Phillips Folk Festival, Banda Movimento, Eta Carina, Jazz Composers Forum, Chuck Lichtenberger Group, Klarcnova, Asheville Jazz Orchestra, Figeater, Disproof, Andy Lehman, Alien Music Club, Spies Among Us, Eroteme, Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Mountains, Asheville Choral Society, Asheville Lyric Opera, Lake Junaluska Singers, Charleston Symphony, Catskill Symphony, Transylvania Choral Society, Cornell Chorale, Fingerlakes Chorale, Greater Spartanburg Philharmonic, Ithaca Brass, Ruby Slippers, The Secret B-sides, Kat Williams, and Holiday Childress. As a composer, Matthew has created works for string orchestra, symphonic band, jazz ensemble, chorus, chamber ensembles, electronics, and instrumental soloists. He composed and directed music for Echo, a modern ballet piece by the Asheville Ballet; Gilgamesh, a dance-drama by Black Swan Theatre and the Asheville Ballet; and Blind Desire, an original play by The Road Company. In 2010 he composed, recorded, produced, and (with a little help from his friends) performed the musical score for the feature film Flight of the Cardinal (Gaston Pictures). Many of his compositions are published by MPI (Asbury Park, NJ). He currently teaches percussion, composition, jazz, and music theory at UNC-Asheville. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Percussion Performance from East Tennessee State University, and a Master’s in Percussion Performance and Composition from Ithaca College.
Micah Thomas – Micah Thomas comes from a long line of musicians- his grandfather was a concert and jazz pianist, his uncle teaches at Berkley College of Music, and his father has toured the globe playing saxophone. Originally from Bluefield, West Virginia, Micah played his first gigs with his father in the church his family has attended for generations. He took his first lessons from Dave Morgan, student of Philly Jones. By high school, he was playing gigs regularly with jazz and rock’n’roll bands around West Virginia at clubs and venues including Green Brier Estate. Micah graduated from Marshall University in 2007, and relocated to Asheville that same year, quickly becoming a staple in the local music scene. As the drummer for Tennessee Hollow he recorded an album with renowned producer Lori White in Nashville, TN. He then joined local bluegrass fusion legends Brushfire Stankgrass (voted Best in WNC three years running) and has toured the east coast with them over the last three years. He frequently performs and records with the Jason DeCristofaro Trio and several regional jazz projects. In addition, you can hear Micah playing kit with rock guitarist Eric Congdon, and Latin percussion with Whitney Moore.
Kristen Walter – whether conducting, singing, or teaching, since here arrival in Hendersonville in 1996, Ms. Walter has continually been involved in making community music. Ms. Walter studied voice and conducting at Florida State University under the direction of Andre Thomas, Rodney Eichenberger, Larry Gerber, and Judy Bowers, earning both an undergraduate degree and a Master’s degree in Choral Music Education. Ms. Walter has also been a featured vocal soloist throughout the Carolinas and Florida. Locally, she has performed with the Asheville Ballet, the Carolina Concert Choir, the Hendersonville Symphony, the Asheville Lyric Opera, the Brevard Music Center, and as an Oratorio soloist with various churches around the region. She and her husband, classical guitarist Steven Walter, perform duo recitals both locally and through out the country. In addition to teaching music and art at Dana Elementary School, Kristen is the founder and conductor of the Hendersonville Chlidren’s Choir and a teacher for the SC Suzuki Institute at Furman University. Most recently, Ms. Walter was recognized as a distinguished music educator by Yale University’s School of Music, and can be heard in a podcast for P21, an organization dedicated to 21st century school programs.
Tim Winter – Tim Winter has lived in Western NC for nearly 5 years and can be seen playing bass and guitar around the greater Asheville area. Tim started playing guitar in his early teens and shortly thereafter fell in love with Jazz. He attended the Guitar Institute of Technology in 1979. About that same time he started playing viola and obtained a BA in Music at the University of Puget Sound. He started playing bass while in Austin, Texas about 10 years ago. He is also an accomplished composer, writing works that can be heard with several groups. He currently lives in Saluda with his wife Susan and seven dogs and one cat.
Max Witt – Max Witt has attended the UNC School of the Arts in both high school and college, and
is currently attending UNC Asheville for composition. His pieces have been performed
by the UNCSA percussion ensemble, UNCA, percussion ensemble, UNCSA orchestra,
Adagio String Quartet, North Carolina Symphony, and in 2010 he was named winner of
the UNCG Harold Schiffman composition competition. He has studied composition
under Dr. Lawrence Dillon, Barbara Gallagher, Kenneth Frazelle, and is currently
studying under Matthew Richmond.