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The Asheville Symphony Presents New Year’s Eve: She’s Got Soul

The Asheville Symphony invites you to ring in the new year with New Year’s Eve: She’s Got Soul, a concert on Sunday, December 31, at 8 p.m. in the Harrah’s Cherokee Center’s ExploreAsheville.com Arena. Led by Maestro Darko Butorac, the evening will include a lineup of songs by legendary singers including Whitney Houston, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan and Adele.

“We feel that a popular genre is appropriate for the occasion,” says Butorac. “Last year our James Bond-themed concert was a huge success and we wanted to build on that energy.”

Capathia Jenkins. Photo courtesy of the artist

The program will feature songs including “I Will Always Love You,” “Midnight Train to Georgia,” “Rolling in the Deep” and “Smooth Operator,” performed by renowned vocalist Capathia Jenkins and a talented trio of backup singers.

Jenkins, a Brooklyn-born actress and soul singer, is widely known for her outstanding performances on and off Broadway. She had starring roles in productions including Disney’s Newsies, The Civil War, Godspell and The Look of Love. She also performed in (mis)Understanding Mammy: The Hattie McDaniel Story which earned her a Drama Desk nomination. Her career also includes appearances on popular television shows like 30 Rock, The Practice, Law & Order SVU, and The Sopranos, and in the 2012 film Musical Chairs. Her voice can be heard on the film soundtracks for Nine, Chicago and Legally Blonde 2.

“Capathia Jenkins is the foremost interpreter of soul music with orchestra—she is an artist who flourished on Broadway, and has worked with symphonies worldwide in this repertoire,” says Butorac. “We are thrilled to welcome her to Asheville.”

For the first time, the Asheville Symphony’s New Year’s Eve Concert will include an optional VIP experience. The VIP experience includes a seat at a table for eight guests, and will feature complimentary wine and charcuterie with premium orchestra views.

The arena will be decked out in celebratory décor.

“In years past, the Symphony has offered after-parties following our New Year’s Eve concerts that allowed attendees to ring in the New Year together,” says Asheville Symphony executive director Daniel Crupi. “This year, we decided to make the concert itself the actual party.”

The ExploreAsheville.com Arena is in Harrah’s Cherokee Center at 87 Haywood Street, in Asheville. Tickets for New Year’s Eve: She’s Got Soul start at $37 and can be purchased online at AshevilleSymphony.org, by phone at 828-254-7046, in person at the Asheville Symphony office at 27 College Place, Suite 100, or at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville Box Office in downtown Asheville.

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