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Dianna Joiner featured in HSO's chamber music debut

For the first time in its history, the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra will add Chamber music to its repertoire.


HSO's performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday will feature Baroque music for the Chamber music aficionados. Conductor, music director and violinist Thomas Joiner will be joined by his daughter, violinist Dianna Joiner, and approximately two dozen professional string musicians as they offer a concert featuring the Baroque works of Bach, Corelli and Vivaldi, before crossing over to the 20th century with pieces by the Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla.
This intimate evening of chamber music will take place at the Blue Ridge Conference Hall on the campus of Blue Ridge Community College. Chamber music is a form of classical music that is composed for a small group of instruments. It can include any art music that is performed by a small number of performers, with one performer to a part. Because of its intimate nature, chamber music has been described as "the music of friends." Playing chamber music requires special skills, both musical and social, that differ from the skills required for playing solo or symphonic works.
The guest artist for the evening is Ms. Joiner, daughter of Thomas and Anna Joiner, a violist. Dianna is a senior violin performance major at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. Joiner has performed in the orchestra at Round Top Music Festival in Texas and at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Vermont.
The concert begins with Bach's Concerto in D minor for Two Violins, played by Thomas and Dianna Joiner. The concerto is written in three movements, Vivace, Largo ma non tanto and Allegro, and is a premier example of late Baroque composition. Also known as the "Bach Double," it uses fugal imitation and counterpoint brilliantly to show off the skills of the soloists.
The orchestra will continue with the beloved "Air" from Bach's Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068, (Air on the G string). This lush melody will be easily recognized,and is often used in wedding services.
Dianna Joiner will then perform a melody, the famous "Meditation" from the romantic opera "Thais" by Jules Massenet. This piece is a symphonic entr'acte that is played between scenes of the late 19th century opera, and has been a favorite encore piece for generations of noted violinists.

For tickets, location or concert information, visit or call 828-697-5884.