Pre-Valentine’s romance

Get into the spirit of hearts and flowers (or whatever manifestations of love spring to mind) early with two lovely events slated for this weekend.

• Poet and Rumi translator Daniel Ladinsky will be at Malaprop’s on both Saturday, Feb. 9 (7 p.m.) and Sunday, Feb. 10 (3 p.m.). “Many are familiar with Daniel Ladinsky’s renowned renderings of mystical texts by the poet Hafiz,” Malaprop’s writes. “Now, in collaboration with Nancy Owen Barton, Ladinsky captures the beauty, intimacy, and musicality of work by Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi, another of Islam’s most beloved poets and spiritual thinkers.” Ladinsky and Barton’s new book is The Purity of Desire: 100 Poems of Rumi. Local musician Chris Rosser (Free Planet Radio) lends musical accompaniment to both events. Tickets are $20 each and come with a copy of the book. Seating is limited.

• Asheville Symphony presents its Master Works concert, (”an evening of Valentine-inspired delights”) on Saturday, Feb. 9 (8 p.m.) at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. The programs features Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, with Tchaikovsky Competition Winner Daniil Trifonov on piano. The evening also includes César Franck’s score to Psyché. According to press for the event, “based on the famous pair of lovers, Psyche and Eros, this music teems with sensuality.” Tickets are $20/$35/$44/$58. Full ticketing info here.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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