Mini Matinees Featured at Blowing Rock’s BRAHM

Mini Matinees Featured at Blowing Rock’s BRAHM
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Special Report to Blowing Rock News from BRAHM. By Meghan Minton. January 9, 2016. BLOWING ROCK, NC — The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum has announced that it will be hosting Mini Matinees, a new family friendly music and theatre series, one Sunday a month, January through March.

“This is the perfect opportunity to introduce your family to the joys of live performance,” says Leila Weinstein, BRAHM’s Education & Outreach Director. Through this series, the Museum will provide experiences for children of all ages with classical instruments, music, and stories “in a fun and engaging way.”

The first program, Wonders and Woodwinds, is scheduled for Sunday, January 24, at 2 pm (snow date: January 31). It will feature an enchanting mixture of fairy tales, fables, and classical music, including music from the Mother Goose Suite by Maurice Ravel and from Alyssa Reit’s music for fairy tales, and will be performed by musicians from the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University.

Then, on Sunday, February 21, at 2 pm, the Museum welcomes the community to celebrate African American History Month with a performance of Heroes of the Underground Railroad by the Bright Star Touring Theatre from Asheville, NC.  This show seeks to inspire young audiences with the stories of everyday Americans who stood up for their beliefs and worked to make our world a better place. This program is funded in part by the Watauga County Arts Council and grassroots funds of the North Carolina Arts Council.

The final performance of the series, A Baroque Adventure, will be on Sunday, March 20, at 2 pm. This delightful collection of dance music from the time of Bach, Vivaldi, and Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687, a composer from the court of King Louis the XIV of France) will be played by musicians from the 18th Century Music Program at Appalachian State University. “This performance will encourage audience participation and movement — a great way to get children excited about music!” according to Weinstein.

Admission to the performances for museum members is $8 per family and $10 per family for nonmembers. Scholarships are available. The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, located at 159 Chestnut St, Blowing Rock, NC, is open Monday – Saturday10 am – 5 pm with additional hours on Thursday, 10 am – 7 pm.  For more information call 828-295-9099 or visit

About The Author

As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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