New Symphony Pops Picnic to be unforgettable evening

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Press release courtesy of Pat Tukey, Executive Director of Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra.

(Hendersonville, North Carolina) What time is better than the middle of winter to throw a picnic? That’s the thinking behind the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra (HSO)’s newest event, “Love Is in the Air: A Symphony Pops Picnic,” planned for 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Blue Ridge Community College’s Concert Hall. The event is being presented by the Friends of the Hendersonville Symphony.

Reservations for the event are $125 per person. Full tables are also available for parties of 6 or 8. Reservations can be made by calling the Symphony office at 828-697-5884. Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to make their reservations soon, as seating is limited.

A reservation includes a concert by the Hendersonville Symphony, performing popular music from the 1960s and 1970s, a welcome champagne toast, a catered gourmet picnic dinner presented by Chef Michael’s Catering, a unique silent auction featuring many one-of-a-kind items, and a special live gifting opportunity to help raise needed funds that directly support the HSO’s concerts, education programs and operations.

“Who doesn’t love a picnic and a concert, whatever the time of year?” said Dee Dee Gould, honorary co-chair of the event with her husband Chip Gould (Cason Companies). “We are brushing away the doldrums of winter and offering the community a fun new event to enjoy, but also to help support one of the cornerstones of the arts community in Henderson County.”

The concert hall will be transformed into a festive picnic setting. Red and white checkered table linens will help set the scene, as guests will be served their delicious dinners in picnic baskets by HSO Friends and guests. Complimentary beer, wine, champagne, rosemary peach lemonade, and soft drinks will be available.

Balancing out the exquisite gourmet picnic offerings will be the Symphony pops concert, under the baton of Music Director and Conductor Thomas Joiner. The 50-musician orchestra will play well-loved hits from the 1960s and 1970s, by such groups as the Beach Boys, the Beatles, and Barry Manilow. In addition, hit theme songs from top movies of the era will be performed. A dance floor will be available at the event for guests to enjoy during the concert.

A third component of the evening will be the opportunity for guests to bid on unique items in the silent auction. Items such as a weekend getaway at a secluded luxury mountain retreat, an in-home salon concert featuring Hendersonville’s accomplished young pianist Christopher

Tavernier, and a large-scale music-themed artwork by artist John Anderson are some of the items available. Also, a 1930s-era American Carousel horse, meticulously restored and donated by Hoyt and Gail Griffith of Hendersonville, will be included in the silent auction.

In addition, the auction will feature five violins painted by two local high school artists and three professional artists. “The violins are a new component to our traditional silent auction,” said Pat Tukey, HSO Executive Director. “The artists all represent varied, and engaging styles. These are all unique masterpieces sure to elicit excitement and spirited bidding.”

The Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1971, exists to enrich the Hendersonville and Henderson County communities with live symphonic performances and music education opportunities for youth and adults.

“This Symphony pops picnic is the major 2018 fundraiser for the HSO,” said Tukey. “Ticket sales to our five-concert series only covers approximately 25 percent of what it takes to operate the organization. We depend on the generosity of our patrons, residents, and visitors who believe in the tremendous benefit of having a professional orchestra and music education programs as part of our cultural community, to help us meet our needs. Event guests can help us by making this a successful pops picnic.”

For more information, visit, or call the HSO office at 828-697-5884. (The HSO offices recently relocated to 317 N. Washington St., Suite 2, next to the Henderson County Public Library in downtown Hendersonville.