Love is in the Air! February 17, 2018

Saturday, 6:00 pm
Blue Ridge Community College Concert Hall


Love is in the Air: A Symphony Pops Picnic

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 fundraising event, “Love Is in the Air, A Symphony Pops Picnic,” taking place at 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 are available by calling the Symphony office at 828-697-5884 or online.

A reservation includes a pops concert by the Hendersonville Symphony, performing 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 and education programs.

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 meals 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 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 Tukey. “The artists all represent varied, and engaging styles. These are all unique masterpieces sure to elicit excitement and spirited bidding.”

For more information, 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.)