ASHEVILLE—Most visitors to Asheville are already aware that Asheville is a foodie haven and a beer drinker's paradise, boasting more breweries per capita than any other city in the country. They also are likely aware of Asheville's countless outdoor opportunities, from hiking to rafting to rock climbing and more.
What they may not know is that Asheville is a music lover's paradise as well, recently named one of the top 10 music destinations in the country by National Geographic Traveler.
The North Carolina Writers' Network 2019 Fall Conference runs November 8-10 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore. Registration is open.
Saturday night's annual banquet will feature the Asheville-based Pan Harmonia, which has been offering world-class chamber music for twenty years. At Fall Conference, Pan Harmonia will present the premiere of a music and poetry fusion work, "Rubble Becomes Art," a triptych of songs composed by Dosia McKay inspired by poetry by North Carolina writers Sally Atkins, Valerie Foote, and Cathy Larson Sky.
Pan Harmonia travels widely, bringing different arrangements and musicians depending on the venue and program. They partner with a wide-array of community groups and aim to bring music to people of all ages. In 2008, they became the first chamber music group invited to tour with the North Carolina Arts Council’s cARTwheels program. Pan Harmonia created "Fandango, Tango, Huapango," which brought the vibrancy of Latin music, art, and dance to more than 10,000 children across North Carolina.
Click here to view Pan Harmonia's YouTube channel, where you can watch scores of performances.
For anyone with a family, it can be a challenge to attend a weekend conference, especially if that weekend conference is out of town. But with a locale like Asheville, there is fun to be had for the entire family. A November weekend in the mountains, which should allow visitors to catch the tailend of the stunning autumn foilage, should be an easy sell for family members young and old.
Pre-registration for the NCWN 2019 Fall Conference ends November 1.
For more ideas on what to do in and around the Asheville area, visit www.exploreasheville.com.
Sponsors of the North Carolina Writers’ Network 2019 Fall Conference include the Blue Ridge Level Sponsor, UNC Asheville's Great Smokies Writing Program, as well as Asheville FM 103.3; the Flatiron Writers Room; the North Carolina Arts Council; the North Carolina Humanities Council; Alice Osborn: Author/Book Coach/Editor; Smoky Mountain Living; The Thomas Wolfe MFA Program in Creative Writing at Lenoir-Rhyne University Asheville; Katie Winkler and Teach.Write.; and WNCW 88.7.
The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to all writers, in all genres, at all stages of development. For additional information, visit www.ncwriters.org.