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December 7, 2019 Bob Rose, 510-282-7279



16-Year-Old Asheville Native & 2019 Hendersonville Symphony’s

Young Artist Winner Joined by Eddie Hewer, Silas Sneed & Alex Watson

BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C.—Aaron Lipsky, an exceptionally talented 16-year-old clarinetist who was named winner of the 2019 Hendersonville Symphony’s Young Artist Competition, will present his Sounds of the Cityshow that will also feature music neophytes Eddie Hewer(trumpet) and Silas Sneed(percussion) and veteran Alex Watson(piano) at White Horse Black Mountain on Saturday, Dec. 28 at 2 p.m.

Tickets for the matinee performance are priced at $18 in advance and $20 the day of the event. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. For more information, call 828-669-0816 or go to

Presented by chamber music organization Clarinet & Friends, Sounds of the City will feature works with distinct ties to the city life, from the frantic hustle and bustle of the crowded streets to the slow, bluesy auras of a late-night bar. And from evoking a wild taxi ride to dramatic promenade scenes that evoke a city skyline. Rarely-heard masterpieces by Lalo Schifrinand Paul Bowleswill be showcased on the program, as well as a lively arrangement of West Side Story.

Featured in the concert will be 16 year-old trumpeter. Hewer, 17 year-old percussionist Sneed, pianist Watson and Lipsky, who is the founder of Clarinet & Friends . Lipsky started playing clarinet at age 11 in his sixth grade band program, then started taking lessons in seventh grade withSteve Loew, a former member of the U.S. Marine Band. Aaron is currently a student at A.C. Reynolds High School and has been a featured soloist with the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra and Asheville Clarinet Choir.

In the summers of 2017 and 2018, Aaron attended the Brevard Music Center (BMC) Summer Institute and Festival, where he was the youngest student in 2017 and a BMC Scholar in 2018. He played principal clarinet in the Brevard Concert Orchestra under the direction of Keith Lockhartand Ken Lam. He was a semi-finalist in the Brevard Music Center 2018 Concerto Competition and is a two-time recipient of the Ione M. Allen Music Scholarship.

A senior at A.C. Reynolds High School, Snead is the principal percussionist in the Reynolds Symphonic Bandand the marching band Percussion Captain.He was 1st chair percussionist in the 2019 All State Band and has also performed with AmiciMusic. Silas has been performing in concerts since a young age, appearing in a concert with the 2001 Hammered Dulcimer National Champion, Joshua Messick,as a seventh grader. Silas composes his own music for various performances and ensembles and also leads worship at Biltmore Students as a vocalist and instrumentalist.

A junior at A.C. Reynolds High School, Hewer is the principal trumpet in the Reynolds Symphonic Band and Trumpet Captain of the Reynolds marching band. Throughout middle and high school, he has made top chairs in All County and All District Bands, as well as playing in many brass chamber groups. This past summer, he attended the prestigious NC Governor’s School East as an instrumental music major. Eddie also plays lead trumpet in the Reynolds Jazz Band and musical pit.

Watson is one of the premier pianists of the southeast. He graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a B.M. in music, the United States Armed Forces School of Music and studied for three years at Corso di Musica in Toscana, Italy and Morges, Switzerland. Alex is an instructor at the Piano Lab Studios of Asheville and has also won four gold medals in the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival Competitions of 2015 and 2017.

According to Hendersonville Symphony Executive Director Pat Tukey, Lipsky’s ability is far beyond his young age.

“He is an absolute virtuoso on the clarinet. He performed one of the hardest solo pieces for a clarinet (that he played at the symphony’s March 16th concert). You couldn’t even see his fingers move. It’s an unbelievable piece of music and he didn’t miss a beat.”

White Horse Black Mountain (105 Montreat Rd.) is a 215-seat music and arts venue that has staged more than 2,500 concerts and other events during its 10-year history. It offers state-of-the-art sound, cabaret-style (table) seating, and bar/concession area that serves beer, wine, Kombucha, soft drinks and snacks.

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