In Thursday’s (5/21) Times-News (Hendersonville, North Carolina), Jessica Goodman writes, “The Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra christened its new home with sweet notes Tuesday. The orchestra can now rehearse where they perform, in the Blue Ridge Conference Hall in the new Technology Education and Development Building on the Blue Ridge Community College campus. On Tuesday, musicians were rehearsing for the Youth Makes Music IV concert, to be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. ‘We’re very excited about this space,’ said Don Hupe, president of the HSO board of directors. The symphony has been ‘moving from venue to venue. This year we lost a lot of ticket sales because we didn’t perform in Hendersonville.’ … The room, though not designed with an orchestra in mind, allows the sound of Calvin Custer’s ‘An American Portrait,’ an arrangement of old American songs, to envelop every listener from every corner of the space. The new home provides the orchestra with storage areas and there’s ample parking outside, an asset lacking at Hendersonville High School, where the orchestra also has performed. The Blue Ridge building is also handicapped accessible.”

Posted May 22, 2009