Events

Sep
18
Wed
2019
Cultural Crash Course: “Higdon in Haywood: Cold Mountain” @ Folkmoot Center | Historic Hazelwood School
Sep 18 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join local experts for Folkmoot’s new series, Cultural Crash Courses, featuring lectures on a variety of current cultural issues, including global politics, race, immigration, gender, climate change, technology and multiculturalism. Content will be presented as a 45-minute community lecture followed by questions, answers and discussion. Crash Courses begin on September 18th and occur on a monthly basis. The full schedule with topics and speakers is available online at Folkmoot.org

At our first Cultural Crash Course, WCU professor, Dr. Christina Reitz will talk about the compositional history of Jennifer Higdon’s opera Cold Mountain, a musical adaptation of Charles Frazier’s award winning novel of the same name, which is set just outside Asheville during the civil war. The opera received its world premiere at Santa Fe Opera in 2015 and Opera Philadelphia performed it in 2016. North Carolina Opera and Minnesota Opera followed in 2017 and 2018.

Higdon has won both a Pulitzer and a Grammy for previous works.

Reitz’s analysis will focus on the unique challenges of adapting the original work “from page to stage.”

Christina L. Reitz received a BM in Piano Performance from the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University where she was the recipient of the Mary P. Rigo Outstanding Keyboard Major. She earned an MM in Piano Pedagogy and a Ph.D. in historical musicology, with external cognates in women’s studies and piano performance at the University of Florida where she received the John V. D’Albora Scholarship for Excellence in Graduate Research as well as the Outstanding Student Paper Award from the College Music Society, Southern Chapter.

Cultural Crash Courses are sponsored by Western Carolina University and the Town of Waynesville. Tickets for Cultural Crash Courses are $10. Doors open at 5:30pm and the lecture begins at 6:00pm. 

Sep
26
Thu
2019
Southern Storyteller Series: David Joy @ Folkmoot Center | Historic Hazelwood School
Sep 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Folkmoot, Blue Ridge Books and the Haywood County Public Library present the Southern Storytellers Supper Series, bringing southern culture and regional authors and musicians together for educational evenings of discussion, food and fun. David Joy is the author of the Edgar nominated novel Where All Light Tends To Go (Putnam, 2015), as well as the novels The Weight Of This World (Putnam, 2017) and The Line That Held Us (Putnam, 2018). He is also the author of the memoir Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman’s Journey (Bright Mountain Books, 2011), which was a finalist for the Reed Environmental Writing Award and the Ragan Old North State Award. He is the recipient of an artist fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council. His latest short stories and essays have appeared in Time, The New York Times Magazine, Garden & Gun, and The Bitter Southerner. In addition to his writing, David enjoys hunting, fishing, his dog and nature. If you’ve read his fiction, non-fiction and articles this would not surprise you. Come hear more about how these traditional aspects of mountain life have influenced and found their way into his writing.