Cherry Hill Concerts

Cherry Hill Plantation

Cherry Hill, built in 1858, is the home of the Cherry Hill Historical Foundation and the venue for several classical music concerts each year. Concerts are open to the public for a nominal donation of $10.00 per adult, $5.00 per student, and children 12 and under are free. Concerts are held on Sunday afternoons in the spring and fall. Pianists, violinists, vocalists, and artists with other musical talents perform in the old world tradition of using private homes rather than concert halls. A magnificent concert grand graces the spacious entry hall and is the focal point for each performance. Refreshments are served following the event, and the artists visit with their audience in the dining room and parlors of the plantation house.

This historic property is located in the Inez community of Warren County, North Carolina, approximately 1 hour north of Raleigh.


Posted on: October 12th, 2016


     The Cherry Hill Concert Series welcomes pianist Raffi Besalyan on Sunday, October 16th at 3:00 PM. A native of Armenia, Besalyan began his music studies at the Tchaikovsky Special Music School for Gifted Children. He received his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Yerevan Komitas State Conversatory. In addition, he studied at the Manhattan School of Music with legendary American pianist Byron Janis and with Sara Davis Buechner.

     Press reviews in Japan, the United States, and Europe have hailed Besalyan as “a true heir of the mainstream of Russian pianism, like Horowitz”, “A keyboard phenomenon”, “a formidable pianist with a commanding presence and rich interpretive gifts”, “a master of his art”. He has established an international reputation as a magnetic and passionate performer.

     During this inaugural presentation at Cherry Hill, Dr. Besalyan will perform four Rachmaninoff preludes, Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz No. 1, three virtuoso etudes on Gershwin songs arranged by E. Wild, and George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (solo piano version arranged by the composer). In addition, he will play two preludes by composers from his native Armenia. Many of these selections may be previewed on YouTube and at

Tickets may be purchased at the door, with an adult charge of $10, students at $5, and children 12 and other at no charge. Immediately following the program, a reception will take place in the dining room of the historic 1850’s plantation house, located at 2740 NC Hwy 58, 12 miles south of Warrenton in the community of Inez.
The entire house will be open for touring after the performance.