Smart Bets: Ayane Okabe

Four days after making her U.S. debut at Carnegie Hall, award-winning violinist Ayane Okabe visits Asheville for a performance at Biltmore United Methodist Church on Wednesday, July 18. The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. with the Blue Ridge Orchestra Chamber Strings’ presentation of Vivaldi’s Allegro in D, “Sentimental Sarabande” from Benjamin Britten’s Simple Symphony and Johann Stamitz’s Symphony in G minor. Then Okabe, winner of the 2018 Grand Prix International Competition for Juniors & Students, and local pianist Kimberly Cann, will play Tchaikovsky’s “Memory of a Dear Place.” All proceeds benefit the host nonprofit community orchestra’s efforts to create opportunities for area musicians and music lovers to enjoy affordable performances of great symphonic works. $20. blueridgeorchestra.org. Photo courtesy of the Blue Ridge Orchestra

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About Edwin Arnaudin
Edwin Arnaudin is a staff writer for Mountain Xpress. He also reviews films for ashevillemovies.com and is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA). Follow me @EdwinArnaudin

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