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WEEKEND: All-County chorus, roads scholar, chorale Christmas concert

All County Honors Chorus concert at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, at Grace Lutheran Church. All County Honors Chorus concert at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, at Grace Lutheran Church.

All-County Honors Chorus perform Saturday

Seventy-five Henderson County students from every high school, middle school and home schools will perform in the seventh annual All County Honors Chorus concert at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, at Grace Lutheran Church, 1245 Sixth Ave. West. Tickets are $5 at the door.
All students were auditioned and will attend an all-day clinic the day before the concert at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville led by Lawrence Doebler, artistic director and conductor of the Carolina Concert Choir.
“This event gives students a chance to learn, experience and perform choral music in public under the direction of professional choral music conductors,” Doebler said.
Now in its seventh year, the All County Honors Chorus is composed of the brightest and most talented high school choral singers in Henderson County and exists as an outreach program of the Carolina Concert Choir. Additional sponsors are Dr. and Mrs. Stuart Glassman, the Community Foundation of Henderson County and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources administered by the Arts Council of Henderson County.

Ruscin talks transportation

Historian, author and photographer Terry Ruscin will speak on the history of transportation in Western North Carolina at the Henderson County Public Library at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18. From trail to interstate highway, from trolley to train, Ruscin will discuss his book, “A History of Transportation in Western North Carolina,” which covers the evolution of transportation in the area and explores the key figures who contributed to the growth of road, rail and air transportation. For more information, contact Sarah Hudson at 828-697-4725.

McDonald to speak at GOP breakfast

Sheriff Charlie McDonald will be the guest speaker at the Henderson County Republican Breakfast Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Fireside Restaurant on Sugarloaf Road in Hendersonville. He will discuss current events in and around Henderson County. The breakfast starts at 7:30 and ends at 9 a.m. All Republicans are invited to attend. For more information call 828-329-4971 or email

Hendersonville Chorale presents holiday concert

The Hendersonville Chorale will present its Holiday Concert, “A Celebration of Carols,” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20, at First United Methodist Church. The program of well-loved traditional carols will feature the Blue Ridge Ringers, Henderson County’s premier community handbell ensemble, conducted by Robert Currier. The two groups will perform together on favorite carols such as “Ding Dong!” “Merrily on High,” “Gesu Bambino” and “On This Day Earth Shall Ring.”
The program also features “Fantasia on Christmas Carols” by Ralph Vaughan Williams with Bart Gilleland singing a baritone solo and Franklin Keel playing cello. A versatile dramatic actor and singer, Gilleland is often seen on the operatic and oratorio stages, most recently as a regular with the Gwinnett Symphony and the Meridian Chorale and as a soloist in collaborations with regional companies. Keel, associate principal cellist in the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, performs in many locally and regionally acclaimed ensembles.
In addition a brass quintet from the Hendersonville Community Band will accompany the choir on “Christmas Joy!,” a collection of well-known carols arranged by Dan Forrest. The brilliant, colorful and dynamic sounds of flute played by Paul Doebler will be heard throughout the concert with choir and handbells.
Tickets are available at the Henderson County Visitors Center, at the door and online at Cost is $22. For more information visit

Youth Orchestra performs Dec. 4

The Hendersonville Symphony Youth Orchestra (HSYO) will perform in concert Sunday, Dec. 4, at 4 p.m. at the Bo Thomas Auditorium at Blue Ridge Community College. Tickets are $7 at the door.
The repertoire for the Dec. 4 concert is varied, offering the 37 members of the HYSO a chance to challenge themselves and delight the audience. On the program are Ravel’s Pavane, Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers, from The Nutcracker, Borodin’s In the Steppes of Central Asia, and Haydn’s Adagio and Allegro from Symphony No. 104. The concert will conclude with Tchaikovsky’s first movement from Piano Concerto No. 1 featuring piano soloist Christopher Tavernier.
For more information, visit, or call the HSO office at 828-697-5884.