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AmiciMusic: THE NEXT GENERATION Fri Oct 12th 2018 at 7:30pm

$18 in advance
$20 at the door


Join AmiciMusic as we highlight the next generation of great musicians, featuring two wonderful high school prodigies from the Asheville region. Aaron Lipsky, clarinet, and Aaron Chen, cello, have both already won numerous awards, prizes, and competitions and have spent time at the Brevard Music Festival as well. They will be joined by pianist/Artistic Director Daniel Weiser as they perform thrilling trios by Beethoven and Brahms and each will do a virtuosic solo piece as well. Part of our AmiciMusic mission is to promote the next generation of talent and we are very excited to showcase the two Aarons in this wonderful program. 

Aaron Chen 
is a junior at Christ School and has been studying cello with his instructor, Frances Duff for 11 years. He has received several titles such as 1st place in the Asheville Concerto Competition and is the leader of the Asheville Young Musicians Club. Aaron was a member of the National Youth Orchestra 2 this past summer and is the principal cellist of Carolina Youth Symphony. Outside of music, Aaron is a varsity soccer and track athlete for Christ School. 

 Aaron Lipsky 
started playing clarinet at age 11 in his 6th grade band program. He started taking lessons in 7th grade with Steve Loew, a former member of the U.S. Marine Band. Aaron is a three-time member of the NC All-State Honors Band and a sophomore at A.C. Reynolds High School. In the summers of 2017 and 2018, Aaron attended the Brevard Music Center (BMC) Summer Institute and Festival, where he was the youngest student in 2017 and a BMC Scholar in 2018. He played principal clarinet in the Brevard Concert Orchestra under the direction of Keith Lockhart and Ken Lam. 

During his time there, he studied with Steve Cohen, Eric Ginsberg and Ben Freimuth, as well as playing in masterclasses with Mr. Cohen and Mr. Freimuth. He was a semi-finalist in the BMC 2018 Concerto Competition and is a two-time recipient of the Ione M. Allen Music Scholarship. Aaron has soloed twice with the Asheville Clarinet Choir, playing the Mozart Clarinet Concerto and the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, for clarinet solo and clarinet choir. He currently plays principal clarinet in the Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra; solo, principal and Eb clarinet in the Asheville Clarinet Choir and principal and Eb clarinet in the Land of the Sky Symphonic Band. Aaron placed 2nd in the Asheville Symphony 2018 Concerto Competition and 3rd in the Hendersonville Symphony 2018 Concerto Competition. Aaron is the grandson of Phillip Rhodes, composer and Highland Farms resident.

About AmiciMusic:

AmiciMusic  is a non-profit chamber music organization based in Asheville, NC and Baltimore, MD, founded by pianist and Artistic Director Daniel Weiser. It is dedicated to performing chamber music in intimate venues such as private homes and non-traditional spaces, including bars, libraries, Churches, retirement homes, and more.

AmiciMusic, meaning “music among friends,” seeks to break down barriers between performers and audience through brief discussions of each composer on their programs and by promoting a relaxed and informal atmosphere at concerts in order to encourage new concert-goers to enjoy the energy of the performances and the spirit of community and camaraderie.