Anastasia is a Memphis-native who has been living in Western North Carolina since 2011. Before joining BPR, she was a full-time freelance musician and teaching artist. She’s a graduate of the University of Vermont and the UNC School of the Arts, where her background includes ecology and music performance. She continues her private voice teaching practice through Being Vocal Freedom and is currently an Alexander Technique teacher-in-training. Anastasia lives with her husband and two dogs in Candler.
A new book by local author Brent Martin weaves together photography and other primary documentation about George Masa, a Japanese immigrant who moved to Western North Carolina and became one of the pivotal figures in establishing the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. However, for most of the 20th century, his contributions fell into obscurity.
The Brevard Music Center welcomes back music lovers for its 2022 summer season with a season opener that includes pianist, composer and emerging classical music leader Conrad Tao. New York Magazine described Tao as “the kind of musician who is shaping the future of classical music.” BPR’s Anastasia Marie spoke with Tao earlier this week ahead of his performance of Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini at Friday’s opening performance at Brevard Music Center. BPR is broadcasting the concert live beginning at 7 PM.
Asheville musician Claire Hoke, shares how she transformed stressful relationships and the pandemic into a healing song for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert contest.