Acoustic Corner instructors return to Arts Center stage

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Throughout the year the Black Mountain Center for the Arts provides a wealth of opportunities for the community to come together and experience something unique and meaningful. This wonderful space that used to be the old City Hall is home to classes, a clay studio, an art gallery and a well-used theater space that is home to the Front Porch Theatre, storytelling and concerts.

It is at this time of year, when the weather turns blustery and the color washes over the mountains that we all turn our focus to gratitude, family and friends. In this spirit, the Arts Center opens its stage to the Acoustic Corner Instructor’s concert. Acoustic Corner is the fine stringed instrument shop nestled off Montreat Road that provides quality instruments and service along with superior instruction from professional musicians. This year’s concert of eclectic musical styles will take place at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18. Due to the popularity of the show, tickets ($20) will be sold in advance this year.

“This will be the 11th year we have had the privilege of hearing this talented group of musicians come together,” says Black Mountain Center for the Arts executive director Gale Jackson. “They feel like family to us, and are definitely friends. The evening is always a surprise and delight. The spontaneity and artistry of each musician individually and the way they play together so effortlessly makes this a special night.”

“Typically, people are lined up waiting for the doors to open,” says program coordinator Jessica Klarp. “This year we decided to offer tickets in advance through our website, or if people want to call or come by, they can get tickets that way as well. We think it will make for less of a bottleneck at the door and keeps our guests from standing out in the cold before the doors open at 7pm for open seating.”

It is the only time each year that the Instructors join forces to do what they love the best. The lineup this year includes five talented musicians. Black Mountain welcomes newcomer and two-time Georgia state fiddling and mandolin champion Gary Mackey. Mackey has been a professional touring, recording and performing musician since 1986. He has also been a violinist at Dollywood, toured and recorded with the Goose Creek Symphony and has played on four Dolly Parton records.

Fiddler Laurie Fisher is a popular contra caller and multi-instrumentalist whose gifts are on full display at the concert. She plays fiddle music from the contra, old-time, Irish and Scottish repertoire and is 2nd violinist in the Blue Ridge Civic Orchestra, St. Mathias Chamber Orchestra and Jubilee Summer Orchestra.

Guitarist Matt Kinne, who studied jazz and classical guitar in college has now been performing professionally for over 20 years and is a familiar face on Asheville stages.

Banjo player Billy Presnell studied with renowned musician Victor Wooten and uses Wooten’s philosophy of music as a language, with focus on using music as a tool of expression. Other performers value his skills as he works with a wide variety of bands in the area.

Last but not least is Showroom Manager and guitarist extraordinaire David Zoll who plays an eclectic blend of rock, blues, jazz and country on acoustic and electric guitars. A special guest or two are bound to show up to make things more exciting.

Don’t miss this once a year opportunity to celebrate regional talent, wonderful instruments, family, friends, and a love for sharing music.

For more information or for tickets visit or call 828-669-0930.