Musica Nostra to Perform September 28 at the Classic Wineseller

By Kay Stegall Miller | Aug 25, 2013
Source: Musica Nostra L to R: Musica Nostra members Dick Hull, Bob Kugot and Joseph Hasty will perform Italian and Mediterranean folk music on September 28 at the Classic Wineseller in Waynesville.

Waynesville, NC - Celebrate all things Italian as the Classic Wineseller hosts an evening of Italian and Mediterranean folk music (think: O' Sole Mio, It’s Amore, and the Theme From the Godfather) with Musica Nostra on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 7:00pm, 20 Church Street in Waynesville. The evening also includes a specially prepared four course Italian dinner from the Wineseller’s kitchen. The price is $39.99 per person plus tax and gratuity. Call 828-452-6000 to reserve your table or email requests to info@classicwineseller.com. Seating is limited.


Musica Nostra, "Our Music" in 'Italiano', is a unique ensemble that performs old Italian and Mediterranean mandolin music. The group is comprised of Dick Hull, first mandolin; Bob Kogut, second mandolin; and, 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). Musical selections include: old Italian and classical  pieces; opera overtures; ragtime numbers; original compositions; and, marches and novelty pieces performed 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 faculty member at  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 in 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 has performed on stages in America, Australia, and Europe - where he lived for seven years. A school teacher by day, Joseph Hasty is 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 credits the Mickey Baker Jazz Guitar book for his distinctive jazzy, rhythmic guitar style. Hasty's recently released CD, Rhythm Changes featuring all original material, 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'.

The Classic Wineseller, Waynesville’s premiere retail wine and craft beer shop, small plate restaurant, and intimate live music venue, presents local, regional, or national talent each Friday and Saturday night at 7pm. The Classic Wineseller kitchen opens at 5:30pm on weekend evenings serving freshly prepared small plate fare. For more information visit www.classicwineseller.com or call 828-452-6000.

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