Even if woodwinds and strings aren’t your thing, it’s hard to remain unmoved by the percussion of a symphony. The xylophone, gongs, chimes and cymbals are dramatic, but it’s the timpani — oversized copper pots with drumheads tuned to various pitches — that steal the show. The Asheville Symphony Orchestra’s Masterworks 3 concert sets the timpani front and center (literally), as principal timpanist Todd Mueller and Mark Yancich, principal timpanist of the Atlanta Symphony, perform Oliverio’s “Dynasty” timpani concerto. The concert also includes Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 and “Machine” by American composer Jennifer Higdon, which is inspired by Tchaikovsky’s composition. Masterworks 3 takes place at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 8 p.m. $22-$62 adults/$11-$43 students with $7 student rush tickets/buy one, get one free for all veterans and active-duty military personnel in honor of Veterans Day. ashevillesymphony.org. Photo of Yancich, left, and Mueller courtesy of the symphony
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