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“Bach’s Lunch” at First Baptist Church

By Teryn Worsham

Looking to shake up your lunchtime routine? The Academy for the Arts (AFTA) invites you to enjoy a free concert series called “Bach’s Lunch” on the first Tuesday of every month. Each half-hour concert begins at 12:05 p.m. in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church in downtown Asheville, followed by a box lunch available for $5. The next event is set for September 6.

These concerts will feature organist Tate Addis playing the music of J.S. Bach and other great composers, as well as original compositions. Tate holds a Master of Music degree from the Yale University School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music. He also serves as organist at First Baptist Church and teaches at AFTA.

Now in its third year, the Academy began their fall term August 15. Students can enroll in private and group music lessons for a variety of instruments, including piano, organ, percussion, voice, violin, viola, cello, bass, harp, flute, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, and tuba, as well as old-time bluegrass and early swing instruments such as fiddle, banjo, mandolin, dulcimer, guitar, and bass. They also offer several choral ensembles. Asheville Youth Choirs, open to youth in grades K-12, include a high school, middle, and children’s choir. AFTA sponsors the Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra.

First Baptist Church is located at 5 Oak Street in downtown Asheville. Registration for the academy is ongoing. To register for classes and read more on AFTA and the concert series, visit

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