December 5, 2019


Opera & Show Tune Star Joins Veteran Guitarist Daniel Keller Dec. 26; Duo to Sing From Recently Released CD, ‘Warm December’

BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C.—For those so inclined, White Horse Black Mountain is offering a great way to continue the good cheer the day after Christmas.

Amanda Horton, one of the world’s premier opera and show tune sopranos, will join veteran guitarist Daniel Kellerfor a spectacular holiday concert on Thursday, Dec. 26 at 7:30 p.m. The show comes on the heels of their recently released LP called Warm December.

Tickets are priced at $18 in advance and $20 the day of the event. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, go to www.whitehorseblackmountain.comor call 828-669-0816.

Keller has performed professionally for the past 10 years in a variety of settings and genres, including Swing, Bossa-Nova, Blues, Bebop, Latin-Funk, and Love Songs/ Ballads. Dan’s “flying fingers” and eloquent chord solos have earned him a reputation as one of the finest guitarists in the region.

Horton has been lauded by Classical Voice of North Carolinaas a “beautiful, rich soprano” of “great color and vocal expressiveness”, capable of “quiet passion and simplicity” as well as “joy and power.” “

Recent performances include Carmina Buranaand Mahler’s Symphony

No. 4(Long Bay Symphony), Mozart’s Requiem (Asheville Symphony Amadeus Festival), A Night in Vienna: Mozart, Lehar & Strauss(Amici Music),Schmitt’s La Tragedie de Salome (Asheville Symphony Orchestra), Handel’s Messiah and Hansel and Gretel (Long Bay Symphony) and songs by Lili Boulanger (Asheville Choral Society & Orchestra).

Other regional appearances include: An Evening with Rodgers and Hammerstein (Brevard Philharmonic Orchestra), Hansel and Gretelwith the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and Poulenc’s Gloria with Southern Appalachian Chamber Singers at Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Horton frequently creates and directs performances herself, including the 1940s cabaret Live from the USO: A Tribute to the WWII Era and A Night in Vienna(AmiciMusic), and Mother & Childand Songs of Innocence and Wisdom (classical cabaret-narratives). She also created the role of Jenny Lind in 2016, in the first reading of C. Robert Jones’ one-woman show, Jenny Lind Sings Tonight!

Operatic highlights include Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro),Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) and Adele (Die Fledermaus). The versatile soprano also triumphed as Maria in The Sound of Music with Asheville Lyric Opera.

The Asheville media have consistently thrown Horton bouquets for her dazzling performances.

“Horton especially excelled in her renditions of songs from “South Pacific”…her acting and choreographic skills were superlative…The vocals were terrific”–Asheville Daily Planet

“Among the women, Amanda Horton pleased us all evening, with her golden, pure soprano, heard to greatest effect in her lovely “Deh vieni, non tardar”, in the famous letter writing scene with the Countess, and in all her scenes with Figaro, whose lines elicit some of her sweetest vocal responses.”–Asheville Citizen-Times

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, Shanti Elixers, soft drinks and snacks.

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