Smart bets: Asheville Symphony Orchestra

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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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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