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Violist Jackie Beckey to Perform in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Violist Jackie Beckey to Perform in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hosting two musical performances entitled “Appalachian Range: Old Mountains, New Music” by the park’s Artist in Residence, Jackie Beckey.

A classically trained violist, Beckey will perform the mountain-inspired, original music at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 from 1­–2:30 p.m. and in Cades Cove at the Becky Cable House on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Beckey is a Minneapolis-based musician, composer, librarian, archivist, and community-oriented performing artist. Her critically acclaimed band, Brute Heart, has recorded multiple albums and was commissioned in 2012 by the Walker Art Center to compose an original score for the film classic “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.” She has curated outdoor art parades, performed at notable music festivals, and toured nationwide.

Beckey is one of seven artists selected through this year for the Artist in Residence program which provides artists a chance to live and create art within the park for 4-6 weeks. The program is made possible due to support from Friends of the Smokies and in collaboration with Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. The artists create works of art and share experiences that engage and inspire the public through outreach programs.

For more information about the program, please visit the park website at https://www.nps.gov/grsm/getinvolved/artist-in-residence.htm.

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