Asheville Masonic Temple

TUESDAY, MARCH 12 2024, 7:00 P.M.

Darko Butorac, conductor

Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin
Shanshan Yao, violin
Emily Schaad, viola

Welcome to ALT ASO @ Asheville Masonic Temple! The Asheville Symphony’s ALT ASO series takes the orchestra on the road to unique locations throughout Asheville to play innovative concerts. 

Important Venue Information:

  • The bar only accepts drink tickets, which are available to purchase in the lobby or in the Noble Room.
  • Unisex restrooms are available in the lobby, or a men’s restroom is in the basement of the facility and a women’s restroom is available on the third floor.


SET #1

Mozart, Marriage of Figaro Overture KV.492
Vivaldi, Concerto for Four Violins B Minor RV.580
Massenet, Meditation from Thaïs
Mascagni, Intermezzo from Cavallaria Rusticana
Kreisler, Tambourin Chinois

SET #2

Pugliese, Gallo Ciego
Grapelli, Minor Swing
Lin, Glasgow Reel
Dillon, arr. Blount/Frazier, Brown Skin Baby
Copland, arr. Stepp/Ungar, Hoedown

SET #3

Opa Opa
Zajdi Zajdi
Odessa Bulgar 






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Donald Gavin & Jayne Schnaars

The Brookshire Garside Group of BAIRD




Michael and Catty Andry


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Noah Bendix-Balgley, Violin
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Noah Bendix-Balgley, Violin
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Born in Asheville, North Carolina, Noah began playing the violin at age 4. At age 9, he played for Lord Yehudi Menuhin. He graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the Munich Hochschule. Noah Bendix-Balgley enjoys a wide-ranging musical life as a violinist.

He is First Concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker and tours both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. His clear and heartfelt personal sound has reached and moved listeners around the world.

As soloist, Noah appears frequently with leading international orchestras, as well as in recital at the world’s finest concert halls. Recent highlights include his concerto debut at Carnegie Hall as the featured soloist on the Berliner Philharmoniker USA tour under the direction of Kirill Petrenko, as well as concerto appearances with the Philharmonic Orchestras of Berlin, Dresden, Auckland, Nagoya, and Oklahoma City.

Noah is a renowned performer of traditional klezmer music, a musical style that has been part of his life since an early age. He has performed groups such as Brave Old World, and has taught at many klezmer workshops. In 2016, Noah composed and premiered his own klezmer violin concerto, Fidl-Fantazye, with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, where he was concertmaster from 2011 to 2015.

Shanshan Yao
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Shanshan Yao
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Chinese violinist Shanshan Yao joins forces with her husband Noah Bendix-Balgley for this all-violin program. Ms. Yao joined the roster of the New York Philharmonic in 2013. As a soloist she has performed with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, and more. She has won numerous competitions including the Calgary Concerto Competition and Morningside Music Bridge Concerto Competition and has degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and The Julliard School.

Emily Schaad, Viola
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Emily Schaad, Viola
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Old-time musician Emily Schaad plays strong and rhythmic fiddle, clawhammer banjo, and solid back-up guitar, and she has spent a significant amount of time with musicians from western North Carolina in Surry, Watauga, and Buncombe counties in particular.

Emily came to the music of the southern Appalachians as a classical violist and public school string teacher.  She studied viola performance at Curtis Institute and Juilliard, and has taught elementary, middle, and high school orchestra in her native New York State. Emily was director and founder of Stringendo, Inc., an award-winning community orchestra school in Poughkeepsie, NY.

While Emily continued to pursue classical experiences and aspirations, the archaic and driving sound of the fiddle and banjo found her.  She started playing more fiddle music, attending festivals and conventions, and growing her passion for old-time styles.  Emily relocated from the Hudson Valley of New York State to western North Carolina to study Appalachian culture and music at Appalachian State University. She made efforts to spend time visiting and playing with old-time music greats as Clyde Davenport, Benton Flippen, Joe Thompson, Chester McMillianMac Snow, Ray Alden, Kevin Fore, and Cecil Gurganus. From these seasoned musicians came a varied repertoire, a feel for Round Peak rhythm, and cherished stories and memories.  During her time in Boone, she taught for the local Junior Appalachian Musicians program, and she developed close ties to the regional old-time music community.

Emily is sought after as an instructor for old-time music camps and workshops, blending a grounding in Appalachian tradition with instrumental pedagogy. She has performed and taught at such festivals as The Swannanoa Gathering, Augusta Heritage Center, Ashokan Fiddle and Dance, Falling Waters Music Camp, Pickathon, and Bluff Country Gathering. She is currently artistic director and conductor of Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestras and Greenville County Youth Orchestras, and is active professionally as a symphony musician.  She performs with various old-time groups, including the Blue Ridge Broadcasters with Joseph Dicosimo, Doug Sharkey, and Joe DeJarnette; and Old-Buck with Riley Baugus, Debra Clifford, and Sabra Guzman.


Darko Butorac

Praised by the Westdeutsche Zeitung for his “exceptional combination of passion, elegance and well‐timed pacing”, Darko Butorac has established himself as a conductor in demand with orchestras both in Europe and the Americas. He currently serves as the Music Director of the Asheville Symphony and the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra.

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Violin I
Mariya Potapova
Teresa Curran
Lori Hammel
Marianna Brickle

Violin II
Debra Anthony
Dorothy Knowles
Inez Redman

Kara Poorbaugh
Cameron Rehberg
Gina Heath

Daniel Mumm
Franklin Keel

Lee Metcalfe

Lissie Shanahan

Alicia Chapman

Shannon Thompson

Will Peebles

Anneka Zuehlke
Mike Brubaker

Tim Morgan
Bryan Kraak

Justin Croushore

Matthew Richmond

Jamar Woods


MARCH 11 - 18

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