Germany and Austria were fertile grounds for composers in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Asheville Symphony Orchestra will celebrate that era’s musical masters — Joseph Haydn, Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann — with an evening of Germanic composers. Guest conductor Courtney Lewis, the renowned director of the Jacksonville Symphony and assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic, will guide the show. The evening will begin with Brahms’ “Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn,” followed by Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C featuring prodigy cellist Cicely Parnas, who is lauded for her silky style. The performance will close with Schumann’s Symphony No. 3, “Rhenish.” The Asheville Symphony Orchestra will perform its “Eine Kleine Rhine Musik” program at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 8 p.m. $22-$62. ashevillesymphony.org. Photo of Cicely Parnas by Christian Steiner
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