Isis Music Hall in West Asheville to host Asheville Music School benefit tonight


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Emerging & Professional Musicians Raise Funds for Music Education

April 10, Isis Music Hall presents Sound Effects—a showcase of music by Asheville Music School students, teachers, and an all-star cast of Asheville musicians

Isis Restaurant & Music Hall hosts Sound Effects: A Benefit Concert for the Asheville Music School (AMS). The event will showcase the best of Asheville’s rising talents, revered teachers, and professional musicians. The night includes performances by AMS Sound Education student ensembles, AMS faculty, including Amanda Horton and Steve Loew, and members of Asheville Tango Orchestra, Common Foundation, Josh Blake’s Jukebox, The Secret B-Sides, Vertigo Jazz Project, and Zansa, plus appearances by Josh Phillips and international performing artist Justin Ray. More performers TBA. A percentage of dinner sales will go to AMS. Dinner reservations recommended, with limited concert seating available. Proceeds go toward providing music education scholarships and to cover operating costs for the school’s outreach ensembles.

Through the Paul Thorpe Music Education Fund, the nonprofit Asheville Music School provides underserved students with scholarships for music lessons and instruments, and conducts outreach programs that benefit underserved and elderly members of the community. “Since 2012, AMS and the PTMEF have awarded more than 60 music scholarships to local youth, and will continue to do so with the support of this amazing music community we have here in Asheville,” says AMS director Amy Rae Stupka.

The Sound Education outreach ensembles, comprised of students ages 10 to 16, have performed in area hospitals and assisted-living facilities, bridging generations by establishing on-going relationships between youth and elders. Through funding from the Paul Thorpe Music Education Fund, these ensembles are aiming to further develop their outreach performances in our community, with performances at Eliada Homes, the Veteran’s Hospital, and Chunns Cove Assisted Living Center.

Sound Effects benefit concert will also offer a raffle of items, including a handcrafted instrument from Appalachian Strings, LaZoom tickets, artworks, and more. Money raised through an Instrument Donation will go toward the purchase of instruments for the school’s scholarship students to use. AMS always accepts gently used instrument donations.

Student and faculty performances are 7-8:45 p.m.; Asheville Tango Orchestra performs 9-9:30 p.m., and Asheville All-Stars show is at 10 p.m. Tickets are $12, $6 for ages 3-10, free for 2 & younger. Purchase tickets at the door. Call Isis Restaurant & Music Hall at (828) 575-2737 for dinner reservations.