70 Hiddenite Church Rd
Hiddenite, NC 28636
The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center is proud to announce the return of Appalachian State University’s Steely Pan Steel Band, which will perform a dinner concert on Friday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to experience Steely Pan’s energetic and innovative compositions at the Center’s Educational Complex (70 Hiddenite Church Road). Audience members will enjoy a delicious meal along with Steely Pan’s performance of “island style” steel drum music ranging from contemporary, classical, and popular music set to pan.
Cost for attending is only $16 for adults and $10 for children age 12 and younger, which includes dinner, the show, and sales tax. Reservations are required, and may be made by calling the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center at (828) 632-6966. This performance typically sells out quickly, so don’t delay!
The talented and world-renowned Steely Pan Steel Band has gained quite a reputation performing at universities, art festivals, and all types of schools throughout the south for over the past 16 years. Whether entertaining crowds at the Center’s Celebration of the Arts festival or at their annual dinner theater events, Steely Pan is always one of the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s most popular performances.
The band continues to thrive under the direction of Byron Hedgepeth. In addition to his career as a performer, composer, and recording artist, Hedgepeth was founder and educator of Percussion Studies at UNC-Asheville for 24 years, and currently teaches percussion and Afro-Cuban Ensemble at Appalachian State University, where he assists Professor Rob Falvo. Hedgepeth has been director of the Steely Pan Steel Band at ASU since the fall of 2014.
This special evening of music is provided through Center and the Sharpe Chair of Fine and Applied Arts of Appalachian State University. The Sharpe Chair of Fine and Applied Arts was established and is funded by Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center founders, the late R.Y. and Eileen Lackey Sharpe.
Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center events, exhibits, and programs are made possible in part through the generous funding of Alexander County Government, the Town of Taylorsville, the Eileen and R.Y. Sharpe Family Foundation, The Winston-Salem Foundation, Duke Energy, the Catawba Valley Community Foundation, the Friends of the Center membership program, and by the Grassroots Grant of the N.C. Arts Council (a division of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources). The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Lucas Mansion and Educational Complex are wheelchair accessible.