Dixieland concert rescheduled to Feb. 10
Due to the weather last weekend, the concert by the Frog Level Philharmonic Dixieland Jazz Band was rescheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City. Immediately following the one-hour concert there will be a meet and greet reception for Waynesville artist, Dominick DePaolo, whose artwork is currently on exhibit at the Center for the Arts.
Anyone who is interested is invited to attend both the concert and the reception free of charge. The event is sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council, Swain County Center for the Arts and Swain County Schools.
The Frog Level Philharmonic will perform music from the Dixieland era with an emphasis on the early 20th century to the 1930s. The band was formed in 2005 by Charles Alley in Waynesville and has since become known locally for renditions of Dixieland classics with jazz overtones and mountain soul.
“We enjoy preparing and performing musical antiques from the era mentioned for the public,” said Alley.
In addition to the band’s leader Charles Alley on clarinet, other musicians include Don Rothermel on drums, Jim Juhnke on tuba, Mark Raines on trombone, Javon Primus on trumpet and Mary Thomas or Pat Stone on keyboard. The band members are known locally for their involvement in other bands, choruses and civic organizations.
“When we get cranked up, it’s like being in a combination of a stampede and a riot — only nobody gets hurt,” Alley said.
Following the concert, everyone is invited for light refreshments in the lobby of Swain County Center for the Arts, while they view the exhibit of artwork by award-winning artist and teacher Dominick DePaolo. His realistic style evokes a sense of America’s most innocent days. His creations range from nostalgic drawings of his Classic Cowboy Heroes and B-Western SideKicks, to fine art paintings in oils, watercolors and acrylics to colored pencil portraits of people, pets and homes using photos as reference.
DePaolo has been a freelance artist for over 40 years, was an illustrator in the U.S. Navy and taught art at the college level for almost 15 years. He owned and operated Long Grove Art School in NW Chicago for 12 years before moving to Waynesville. He continues to teach art classes in oil, acrylic, watercolor, drawing and cartooning in Waynesville, Franklin and Bryson City, NC. For information on the event, call Eugenia (Jenny) Johnson at 488-7843 or visit www.swain.k12.nc.us/cfta to view the current calendar of events or to get directions.