Presenting “The Asheville Symphony Sessions” by the North Carolina Asheville Symphony

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North Carolina is a beautiful state and it has so much to offer it’s visitors and residents. One of the many wonderful things it has to offer is the collection of amazing work by various other musical groups and the infamous Asheville Symphony Orchestra.

“The Asheville Symphony Sessions” is a collaboration of some of Western North Carolina’s best and brightest. Rising Appalachia, Steep Canyon Rangers, Shannon Whitworth, and of course The Asheville Symphony Orchestra (ASO) all collectively have compiled an amazing collection of music.

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Spanning the gambit of genres you will enjoy jazz, bluegrass, R&B, and folk and each song exquisitely backed with a masterful ensemble of orchestral majesty.

This album is life sized art, produced here in our community. After 32 years of making records in New York and Los Angeles, this is one of the coolest projects I have worked on,” “Working together, I believe that we have created an incredibly musical record that reflects the spirit and the soul of our community.” ~Producer Michael Selverne~

Here you can enjoy watching the making of the Symphony Sessions. You will be totally amazed at the caliber of great talent brought together for such an outstanding project.

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This CD features several other popular artists that includes Electric Owls and Free Planet Radio featuring Matt Townsend.

The caliber of talent brought together in this collection is top notch. Each extremely talented in their own right and I suspect it’s kinda neat to be a small part of a such a big engine. Everybody has their own job to do and with the engineer/conductor driving the engine you get such an amazing experience.

For your enjoyment please take a look at the video for “Don’t Freak Out” that features Lovett:

This album serves as a soundtrack for the city,” “The Asheville Symphony champions great music, and we’re very fortunate that there is great music being made here. Not many communities of this size have the kind of resources including the symphony musicians, recording engineers, producers, publicists, arrangers, session musicians and recording studios that we have in Asheville.” ~ASO Executive Director David Whitehill.~

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This collection recognizes the wide diversity of talent and musical achievements through out the western part of the great state of North Carolina. In doing so it gives these phenomenal artists more opportunities to share their music and the beautiful gifts of song and sound.

The majesty of the symphony is expressed in its 56 years of dedication to the industry. Established in 1960 musicians volunteered and there was no resident or established conductor at the time. But as the years progressed the symphony grew, a part time manager was hired, youth ensembles were formed, paid guest artists were introduced, and a regular season was organized. Along with all these wonderful accomplishments a Symphony Guild was created and concerts were no longer held at the local school or church facilities but at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium which seats 2,354 people. It wasn’t until 1977 that all musicians would finally be paid for the first time. The Asheville Symphony is truly an iconic staple of entertainment.

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I should also mention several notable arrangers who collaborated on this impressive work of art. Van Dyke Parks composed and arranged the remarkable score to the Disney movie of 1969, The Jungle Book. We should also mention Jonathan Sacks, composer and orchestrator who worked on films, The Princess and the Frog (2009), Disney’s Cars (2006), and Seabiscuit (2003). Our last mention but surely not the least in any way is Michael Bearden, who was Michael Jaskson’s musical director on the This Is It tour.

This superb collection from “The Asheville Symphony Sessions is available from local retailers in the Asheville area, worldwide through I-Tunes, streaming through Apple Music and Spotify, as well as worldwide via Amazon.

Please enjoy and visit the sites below for more information.


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Sherryl is a Senior Writer and Assistant Editor with Nashville Music Guide and her blog, Lyrics N Legends has been featured since 2012. Her articles has graced the cover and have appeared as feature stories in the NMG print edition. She is also a member of WMMW, Women of Music Music of Women, a non-profit organization in support of women in the music industry. WMMW also appears here in Nashville Music Guide.

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