“Eighty-Eight Keys, Many Hands”

Classical music had an active year in Asheville in 2010. The Asheville Symphony began its 50th season; the Classical Guitar Society began hosting concerts; the Chamber Music Society continued performances in its 58th season; and the Asheville Area Piano Forum hosted its 10th annual Fall Benefit Concert. My first story for the Xpress, “Eighty-Eight Keys, Many Hands” focused on the AAPF — an informal collective of pianists, music instructors and piano enthusiasts — and their annual benefit concert. Writing the piece led to a discovery for me — that the Asheville Piano Forum existed, and hosts public events, even for amateur listeners (who don’t play piano) — and, I hope, for readers as well. — Jaye Bartell, editorial assistant

“This year marks a number of milestones for several Asheville music institutions. The Asheville Symphony Orchestra began its 50th season last week, and this week, the Asheville Area Piano Forum performs its 10th Fall Benefit concert at the Diana Wortham Theater. The latter celebrates the performance of music, while benefiting further generations of musicians.

In some ways, the audience benefits the most.”

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