Classical music is a “direct portal to the ultimate,” says violinist and artist Roseminna McLeod Watson. “Entering another dimension is always facilitated by launching from a place of felt beauty.”
One can expect far more than classical music at AmiciMusic’s Virtuoso Violin, featuring Watson and pianist Daniel Weiser, also the director of the nonprofit. The show will have three performances: Friday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. at All Souls Cathedral in Biltmore Village; Saturday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. at a house concert in Hendersonville; and Sunday, May 7, at 5:30 p.m. at Isis Music Hall and Restaurant.
The classical feel of All Souls Cathedral and the eclecticism of Isis Music Hall—combined with her first spring in Asheville—ignite Watson’s creativity as never before. “The stages are set for something extraordinary,” she says.
Although her life has been equally saturated by visual art and music since age three, more recently Watson has collaborated with famed artists Jean-Michel Fonteneau, Jennifer Culp and Menahem Pressler. These acts have answered a lifelong wish “to invoke the divine in a time-based medium,” she says.
Occasionally, her visual artwork expands and evolves her musical craft. “Grappling with the aesthetic and visual translation of things more fully creates an aura and atmosphere for the sound to exist within and develop from.”
AmiciMusic will also bring the region an encore performance of Night in Vienna with soprano Amanda Horton and baritone Jonathan Ross at the White Horse Black Mountain on Sunday, May 7, at 2 p.m.
All Souls Cathedral is located at 9 Swan Street in Asheville. The May 7 house concert is held at 1998 Randy Drive in Hendersonville. Isis Music Hall is located at 743 Haywood Road in Asheville. Tickets for Virtuoso Violin may be purchased at amicimusic.org or isisasheville.com. Tickets for Night in Vienna are available at 828.669.0816 or at whitehorseblackmountain.com.