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            Black Mountain poet Gavin Geoffrey Dillard has penned songs, suites and cantatas with and for Jake Heggie, Peter Allen, Chanticleer, Disney, Anne Rice, Cantaria and numerous classical composers. He has written comedy and patter with and for Dolly Parton, Joan Rivers, Peggy Lee, Vincent Price and Lily Tomlin.

            On Sunday, March 11, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at White Horse Black Mountain, Dillard will host and narrate his songs by composers Clint Borzoni, Jake Heggie and David Francis. Accompanied by pianist Chelsea Henley, soprano Jennifer Bryant Pedersen (Mars Hill College) and baritone Matthew Queen (Brevard College and Music School), the repertoire will also consist of the premiere of a new cantata by Borzoni, “God, As I See Her,” as well as selections from Gavin’s doggie musical, "BARK!," which is slated for this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August. 

            The night’s performance is a benefit (and foretaste) for the Asheville Lyric Opera’s production of the award-winning Borzoni/Dillard opera, "When Adonis Calls," which won “best new work” notice from Fort Worth Opera and OPERA America. Starring two world-stage baritones and two local dancers, "Adonis" premieres May 11-13 at the historic Masonic Temple Theatre in downtown Asheville. The performances will mark the Asheville Lyric Opera's first modern opera.

Tickets to the White Horse show are $20 advance, $25 at the door.

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