Joining HCB Sunday, December 8th
The Hendersonville Chorale, now in its 45th season, is the oldest continually performing choral group in Henderson County. Hendersonville Chorale's mission is to provide opportunities to all people who love to sing and share the love of music and the inspiration it provides to Hendersonville and the greater community.
The Chorale's first concert was held in the Hendersonville High School Auditorium on June 8, 1975. Approximately 40 non-auditioned singers with a wide range in age and skill levels currently lend their voices to the Chorale, all of whom share the love of singing. The Chorale is directed by Michael S. Brannon, who is serving as the 13th director since the organization was founded.
In addition to its own annual fall and spring concerts, the Chorale frequently performs at the invitation of other area organizations.
In recent years, their community involvement has included appearances at Biltmore Estate, Asheville Tourist games, the Henderson County Heritage Museum's Veterans Hall for Memorial Day, and the Apple Festival. The Chorale has also been the guest choir with the Brevard Philharmonic and the Hendersonville Community Band. Members of the Chorale joined members of the Asheville Symphony Chorus and the Asheville Choral Society in a musical venture that took them to Prague and Brno in the Czech Republic, and on to Vienna and Salzburg, Austria.
The Hendersonville Chorale is a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide and opportunity to all singers to share the joy and inspiration of a wide variety of choral music with the community.
New members are welcomed at the beginning of each concert season. For more information about the Chorale, visit www.HendersonvilleChorale.com
Michael S. Brannon, Director Rebecca Brake, Accompanist
It is time to get into the Christmas spirit and Hendersonville Community Band’s joint concert with the Hendersonville Chorale is the perfect place to find the holiday joy. Both of these fine groups, HCB with Winford Franklin as Director and the Chorale with Michael Brannon as Director will present wonderful Seasonal Music. Dr. Joe Brashier will also guest-conduct a piece with HCB.
The band will perform favorites such as “March of the Toys” from “Babes in Toyland, “Laughing All the Way” based on “Jingle Bells” (Pierpont 1857), and the traditional “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”
The Chorale will perform, among other pieces, “In the Bleak Midwinter” and “Low How a Rose E’er Blooming. The Chorale is in its 45th season of Fall and Spring concerts. They recently combined with the Asheville Symphony Chorus on a European Tour that included several European Countries.
A special treat this concert will be the HCB Trombone Ensemble playing “Joy to the World” and Go Tell it on the Mountain.” HCB is excited to present this group of trombonists.
The combined band and the chorale will present “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin and also “Christmas Pop Sing-a-Long” with audience participation.
Come and hear this crowd-pleasing concert on Sunday, December 8, 3:00 at Blue Ridge Community College in the Blue Ridge Concert Hall. Tickets ($10.00) are available at the Hendersonville Visitors Information Center, The Crate Wine Market in Laurel Park, from band members, and at the door. For additional information, call (828)713-8590
About our soloists
Dr. Joe Brashier recently retired after 44 years in Music Education. He earned Bachelor and Master degrees in Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi and a doctorate in Conducting from the University of Kansas. His career included 13 years of public school teaching and collegiate positions at Appalachian State University, Rutgers University and Valdosta State University. He has had the fortune of conducting bands throughout the U.S., Europe, China and Australia. He is also an avid tennis player. He and his wife Susan (oboe) relocated to Hendersonville in 2018. They have two daughters that they tolerated in order to have the two wonderful grandchildren they brought into the world.
Joel Helfand is a graduate of Chicago Musical College. Joel ran a successful band for many years in the Chicago area. At conventions, he was fortunate to work with many outstanding entertainers including Doc Severinson, Sara Vaughn, Tex Beneke, Helen O'Connell and Red Skelton.
He retired to Hendersonville in 2005 and ha since worked on staff at the Flat Rock Playhouse, Asheville Community Theatre, The Hendersonville Symphony, The Brevard Philharmonic, Asheville Jazz Orchestra, Hendersonville Community Band, Brevard Community Band and was a backup for the Temptations at the Biltmore.
Don Wauchope has been playing french horn for fun for 64 years, except for a ten year break for college (UNC) and graduate school (NCSU).
A retired USDA agricultural research scientist, Don has played in bands and orchestras in Georgia, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Arkansas and North and South Carolina. He played in the Brevard and Asheville Symphonies in High School and currently plays for the Brevard Philharmonic, The Hendersonville and Brevard Community Bands, The Upstate Winds, The Brevard College Wind Ensemble, The Blue Ridge Symphonic Brass, and The Premier Brass Quintet.
Thank you to Equipment Staff
Thank you to our Ushers and Cashiers
In a Tribute to the Silver Screen, The Hendersonville Community Band will present movie themes spanning several decades of great movie music played under the baton of our own Conductor Winford Franklin, kicking off his ninth season as conductor. Some of the numbers are “As Time Goes By,” “Tara’s Theme,” “Moon River,” “Theme from Lawrence of Arabia,” Charade,” “Peter Gunn,” The Olympic Spirit,” and “Star Wars.” We will also be playing a group of Disney classics that you will no doubt be seeing the scenes and hearing the words in your head as you enjoy each tune.
Three very special songs will be featured in their entirety. “Schindler’s List” will feature Hendersonville’s ever-popular jazzman, Joel Helfand, playing the solo part on soprano saxophone. This beautiful and haunting rendition will be one to remember.
Our other soloist for this concert will be Mr. Don Wauchope playing the lovely “My Heart Will Go On” solo from the movie Titanic on French horn. This is Don’s first solo with the band and we are very excited for the audience to hear his gorgeous performance.
Another first timer with with the band is guest conductor Joe Brashier, directing the famous classic, “The Wizard of Oz.” Joe, new to the band, plays trombone and is former band director of Appalachian State, Rutgers University, and Valdosta State University.
A fun piece, “Pie in the Face Polka” will showcase the clarinet section and is sure to get some toe tapping going on. All in all, it will be a fun afternoon of music and memories for everyone.
Join the HCB at The Blue Ridge Conference Hall, Blue Ridge Community College, on Sunday, October 20 at 3:00 for only $10.00 and students are free! Tickets are available from any band member, at the Visitors Center, The Crate Wine Market, and at the door. For additional information, call (828) 713-8590.