Musica Nostra to Perform at Classic Wineseller

Arts & Entertainment
Jan 19, 2013
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Courtesy of: Musica Nostra L to R: Musica Nostra members Joseph Hasty, Bob Kogut, and Dick Hull will perform traditional Italian Folk Music on mandolins and guitar on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 7:00pm at the Classic Wineseller in Waynesville.

The Classic Wineseller will host Musica Nostra in a live concert with dinner and dancing, beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at 20 Church St. in Waynesville. The evening includes specially prepared Italian dishes from Angelino’s kitchen in the Wineseller. The per person advance price is $29.99 or $39.99 at the door, plus tax and gratuity. Call 828-452-6000 to make your dinner reservation or email requests to Seating is limited.


Musica Nostra, "Our Music" "in 'Italiano," is a unique ensemble that performs old Italian and Mediterranean mandolin music (think: "O' Sole Mio" and the "Theme From the Godfather"...). The group is comprised of Dick Hull, first mandolin; Bob Kogut, second mandolin; and, rounding out the trio, Joseph Hasty, guitar. The musical arrangements were handed down to band leader Dick Hull by his Italian Grandfather Giovanni (John) Napoleone and his brother Domenico (Dominic). Selections include old Italian pieces, classical selections, opera overtures, ragtime numbers, original compositions, marches and novelty pieces, played on two mandolins and guitar.

Dick Hull is a multi-instrumentalist who has played guitar and electric bass in rock, commercial, jazz, and dance bands, and acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo and bass in folk and bluegrass groups. He has performed at MerleFest for six years, with such musicians as mandolinist Emory Lester and guitarist Francois Vola, singer/songwriters Bob Sinclair and Mary Huckins, and has accompanied Mando-Mania (including Chris Thiele, Jimmy Gaudreau, Ronnie McCoury and others). At Green Acres Music Hall he performed with banjo virtuoso, Bill Keith. As the original bassist with the Francois Vola Group (jazz), he appears on their 1996 CD "Old World—New World", on the RDC label. He has been a member of the faculty of Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory since 1987, and is currently Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science and Interim Dean of the College of Professional and Mathematical Studies.

Bob Kogut is an experienced fiddler who performs regularly at contra dances throughout western North Carolina and the southeast. He is also known for the violins he builds. His company, Kogut Violins is a sponsor of MerleFest. Kogut and Hull met in 2002 when performing in the on-stage band for a local production of the musical "Cotton Patch Gospel" (music by the late Harry Chapin).

In a musical career that has spanned over 30 years, Joseph Hasty has been influenced by legendary artists Leon Redbone, Nat King Cole, Django Reinhardt, 'Doc' Watson, John Lennon, James Taylor and Paul Simon, evidence of which can be heard on his CD release: "Rhythm Changes". His extensive performing experience has included stages in America, Australia, and Europe - where he lived for seven years.

A gifted performer who displays talents as a composer and arranger, Hasty studied jazz chord theory at the "Academy of Contemporary Music" in Zurich, Switzerland, but he credits the Mickey Baker Jazz Guitar book for his distinctive jazzy-rhythmic-guitar style.

A school teacher by day, Hasty's recently released CD of all original material: "Rhythm Changes", is an eclectic blend of acoustic jazz that has received substantial radio airplay on regional NPR stations. Featuring swing tunes, Latin rhythms and smooth vocals, "Rhythm Changes" has been described as 'cooler than the other side of the pillow'.

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