The Ashe County Arts Council will sponsor the Coffee House Live! at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, in the Hensley Hall of the West Jefferson Methodist Church in West Jefferson.
The featured performers include classical pianist Catherine Burge, Sons of Pitch, Summit Strings Quartet and yo-yo artist Billy Dowell. Arvil Scott will be the host for the evening.
Pianist Catherine Burge is from Greenville, Ill., where she was assistant professor in the music Department of Greenville College. Burge schooling includes a Masters of Music degree in piano and clarinet performance from University of Idaho and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano pedagogy and performance from University of Colorado. For Coffee House her repertoire will include Scarlatti and Chopin.
The barbershop quartet, The New River Chordsmen aka The Sons of Pitch, will perform featuring Robert Baldwin, Swift Black, Tom Fowler and Tom Truxal. These gentlemen are members of the Mountain Overtones Barbershop group in Ashe County and have been known to serenade folks on Valentines Day. For Coffee House, The New River Chordsmen will entertain with the delightful sounds of traditional barbershop four-part harmony.
Summit String Quartet will bring a unique and versatile sound to the Coffee House stage. The quartet will include Amanda Gentile on violin, Berrac Appolis on violin, Amanda Tant on viola and Nick Paolino on cello. As accomplished individual musicians with a variety of musical taste this group of performers brings together an eclectic repertoire including classical and contemporary music. The group plays many different arrangements for strings and enjoys playing together at weddings, festivals, and special events.
Billy Dowell has been yo-yoing since the fifth grade. He is now 16 and a junior at Ashe County High School. Recently Billy competed in yo-yo competitions in Florida and Michigan placing 11th out of hundreds of competitors. This summer Billy was on the streets of West Jefferson as a human yo-yo book. For Coffee House Billy will show his latest yo-yo tricks.
Arvil Scott will be the master of ceremonies for the Coffee House Live! Arvil is an old-time musician and an old-time square dance caller. He grew up in Surry County surrounded by the region’s traditional music. He has played in many of the area’s old-time bands and started the Mountain Music Jamboree. He has been the master of ceremonies for many events in Ashe County including the main stage for the Christmas in July event.
As part of the diverse programming the Ashe County Arts Council offers, the Coffee House has become a favorite tradition where old friends and new friends meet, sample delicious desserts and enjoy quality entertainment. Tickets are $10 adults and $5 students and are available at the door. For more information please call 336-846-ARTS.