Easter concert at Montreat includes improvisation


Reconciliation, rebirth, dedication and praise will be the focus of the Easter concert that noted Asheville musician Aaron Price and friends will perform at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 26 at the Chapel Of The Prodigal on the campus of Montreat College.

Special guests during this special performance of musical reflection will include members of Asheville singing group Freewheelin’ Mamas. The concert is sponsored by West Asheville Presbyterian Church, where Price has served as music director since 2003.

Price has been a fixture in the Western North Carolina music community for years and has performed at all major venues in the area. He founded Collapseable Recording Studio in Asheville in 1999 and gives regular performances in and around Asheville with Wham Bam Bowie Band, The Zealots, Jeff Thompson and The Outliars, and Peggy Ratusz and Bygone Blues, among other ensembles. He also produces an annual benefit concert for Habitat for Humanity, which takes place at West Asheville Presbyterian Church during the holiday season.

Music offerings will include instrumental piano versions of traditional hymns, contemporary praise songs, classical vocal pieces and old-time gospel music. Price was raised in the church and has a special affinity for church hymns. His specialty is improvising and extemporizing and reinventing these traditional worship staples.

“I perceive a need for a convergence of meditation and prayer, which to me have a lot of overlap,” Price said. “The music is a helpful catalyst to induce a deeper state of meditation and prayer.”

The address of the chapel is 358 Texas Road, Montreat. Donations will be accepted.