Blue Ridge Orchestra celebrates vets with Nov. 10-11 concerts

Christopher Tavernier, pianist
Pianist Christopher Tavernier. Photo courtesy of the Blue Ridge Orchestra

Press release from the Blue Ridge Orchestra:

The Blue Ridge Orchestra, joined by local piano prodigy Christopher Tavenier of Hendersonville, open their 2018-19 season with “Eleven Eleven: Remembering Armistice,” a tribute to our armed forces.

Programmed by Music Director Milton Crotts in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Armistice, the concerts feature music associated with war that can also speak to the triumph of enduring peace. Richard Rodgers’s iconic Victory at Sea evokes the naval battles of WWII with cinematic flair, while Maurice Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand, originally written for pianist Paul Wittgenstein who lost his right arm in WWI, reminds us of the costs of battle. Finally, the program celebrates victory with Beethoven’s monumental Fifth Symphony, which was used a symbol of the Allies’ victory in BBC broadcasts in the Second World War.

The orchestra is thrilled to be joined by Christopher Tavernier, a brilliant local pianist, for Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand. Since making his orchestral debut at age 13, Christopher has won concerto competitions in Hendersonville, Asheville, Augusta, and Charlotte, and was the youngest performer in history to compete at the National Elizabeth Harper Vaughn Concerto Competition in Kingsport, TN, where he won second prize. He was one of two pianists who won the 2017 Brevard Music Festival Jan and Beattie Wood Concerto Competition, and recently stunned audiences in a showcase performance at Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville.

Tickets for “Eleven Eleven: Remembering Armistice” are available online at, including a reduced price for veterans.

WHO: Christopher Tavernier, piano, with the Blue Ridge Orchestra, conducted by Milton Crotts

WHAT:  “Eleven Eleven: Remembering Armistice,” featuring Hendersonville piano prodigy Christopher Tavernier playing Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand

WHEN & WHERE:  Saturday, November 10, 3pm, and Sunday, November 11, 3pm at Lipinsky Auditorium (300 Library Lane, UNC Asheville campus)

General Admission $15, Veterans/Orchestra Friends $10, Students $5, 6 & under FREE

TICKETS and INFO:  (828) 782-3354;

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