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Brevard Music Center Announces 2013 Season

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – The Brevard Music Center (BMC), a summer festival and institute, will open its 2013 season on Friday, June 21, on its campus in Brevard, North Carolina. The 2013 season features seven weeks of classical masterworks including Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto, Stravinsky’s Firebird, and Beethoven’s beloved Fifth Symphony. The summer festival also includes an outstanding lineup of guest artists ranging from rising stars of the classical world, such as pianist Ji-Yong and violinist Bella Hristova, to two of today’s most celebrated soloists—pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and violinist Joshua Bell.

“We have a truly exciting season in store for summer 2013,” said Jason Posnock, BMC Artistic Administrator. “It is always inspiring to hear our gifted students and renowned faculty perform the masterpieces of the repertoire. This summer our roster of internationally celebrated conductors and guest artists will create an electric atmosphere for students and patrons alike.”
The 2013 season features over 80 performances, including 18 different orchestra programs, four opera productions, wind ensemble, chamber music, new music, recitals, and more. The season closes on Sunday afternoon, August 4, with BMC Artistic Director Keith Lockhart conducting the Brevard Music Center Orchestra in Holst’s orchestral favorite The Planets and Elgar’s Cello Concerto with soloist Johannes Moser.
For more details and updates on 2013 festival performances, visit brevardmusic.org.
Orchestra forms the heart of Brevard’s festival. A cast of renowned conductors, both American and international, will lead three different orchestras through some of the most important and best-loved music in the repertoire. In addition to Mr. Lockhart, who will conduct five concerts during the season, conductors will include BMC Principal Guest Conductor JoAnn Falletta (who conducts programs on June 21 and 23), the legendary Swiss conductor Matthias Bamert, Jeff Tyzik (Principal Pops Conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic and Seattle Symphony Orchestra), Grant Llewellyn (Music Director of the North Carolina Symphony), and BMC Resident Conductor Ken Lam.
Orchestral repertoire includes Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Saint-Saens’s Piano Concerto No. 5, Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6, Sibelius’s Symphony No. 1, Respighi’s Pines of Rome, Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, and Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony. Other guest soloists appearing this season include Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, classical guitar virtuoso Celil Refik Kaya performing Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranuez, and rising star pianist Conrad Tao making his Brevard debut with Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1.
All of the orchestra programs occur in BMC’s open-sided Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium, which creates a special “open air” experience for listeners while retaining the aural impact of a concert hall.
Opera has been a vital part of the Brevard Music Center for more than 40 years. In 2013 BMC will stage four operas at the Porter Center for Performing Arts on the campus of Brevard College. Three mainstage opera productions will be presented in the Scott Concert Hall: Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow, Peter Brook’s The Tragedy of Carmen, and Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff.
New for the 2013 festival, BMC will introduce “Opera in a Box.” Each summer, a composer and librettist will bring their work-in-progress to the Music Center, and BMC opera students will help them achieve their artistic vision. Sections of the opera will be staged and performed in the Morrison Playhouse black box theater at the Porter Center. The new work will be narrated by the creators and the stage director, guiding the audience through a one-of-a-kind glimpse into the creative process of developing a new work. This season, composer Michael Ching has been chosen to present his new work Speed Dating Tonight! created in partnership with BMC Director of Opera Dean Anthony.
BMC will present eleven chamber music concerts in the Scott Concert Hall at the Porter Center and in Searcy Hall on the Music Center campus. Chamber performances feature the Music Center’s artist aaculty and visiting guest artists collaborating on works ranging from Baroque to modern. These intimate concert settings provide a truly up close and personal experience of classical masterpieces.
In addition to the full range of classical offerings, the 2013 season will include a number of concerts appealing to a range of tastes.
The annual Pendergrast Family Patriotic Pops concert is a beloved Brevard tradition, and it goes off at 2:00 PM on Thursday, July 4. Maestro Kraig Alan Williams will lead the Brevard Symphonic Winds, joined by the Brevard Community Band, in marches, patriotic songs, and other favorites, finishing up with the 1812 Overture, complete with live cannon.
On Saturday, June 22, BMC will present The Ultimate Doo-Wop show featuring performances of doo-wop favorites from the 1950s and 60s. Don your poodle skirts and satin jackets and bring the whole family for an evening celebrating the golden age of popular music.
Tuesday, July 23, the Music Center welcomes comedian and radio host Garrison Keillor for A Prairie Home Companion’s Radio Romance Tour. Keillor will be joined by singer Aoife O’Donovan, comedian Fred Newman, Rich Dworsky and The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band with guitarist Pat Donohue and violinist/mandolinist Richard Kriehn, for two hours of duet singing, absurd improv with sound effects, Guy Noir Private Eye, poetry, outright foolishness, and the News from Lake Wobegon.
On Saturday, July 27, conductor and virtuoso trumpeter Jeff Tyzik returns to the Music Center to lead the Brevard Sinfonia in an evening of music from the movies. Film buffs and music lovers alike will enjoy hearing the themes from their favorite films such as Superman, Casablanca, and Star Wars performed live on stage.
Additional concerts are still being added to the 2013 schedule. Check brevardmusic.org for the most up-to-date listing of performances.
In its 2013 season, the Brevard Music Center offers more than thirty free events to the community.  These include concerts by the Brevard Symphonic Winds, opera scenes, student piano recitals, new music concerts, student chamber concerts and recitals, and other special events.
The Brevard Music Center offers pre-concert events free to ticketholders for all of its weekend performances. For each opera performance and for each performance of the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, BMC offers an informal talk one hour before curtain. Conducted by a member of the artist faculty, these talks provide additional insights into the history and significance of works being performed, unique production aspects, and other information specific to each performance.
Ticketholders for concerts of the Brevard Sinfonia and the Brevard Concert Orchestra may attend special pre-concert performances featuring BMC’s students and artist faculty.  Programs will feature solo and chamber music and will occur in Thomas Hall one hour before the orchestra curtain time.
2013 subscription sales will begin on March 1 with single tickets scheduled to go on sale May 1. For more information on 2013 subscription packages and concert information please visit brevardmusic.org
The Brevard Music Center originated in 1936 as a summer music camp at Davidson College.  James Christian Pfohl, the Music Center’s founder and first Artistic Director, moved his operation to Queens College in Charlotte for the summer of 1943, then to the current location in 1944.  Pfohl added a festival of concerts at the end of the 1946 session. Over time the camp became an institute, and the festival came to run the full length of the summer season.
In 2013 Brevard Music Center will enroll more than 400 students from nearly every state in the US, plus students from Europe, Asia, and South America. Sixty-five professional musicians, representing major orchestras and distinguished music schools, comprise the artist faculty.  Students, faculty, and staff all reside on the 180-acre wooded campus in western North Carolina. The Brevard Music Center has emerged as one of America’s premier summer training programs for young musicians.

For more information on festival performances “like” the Brevard Music Center on Facebook, follow @brevardmusic on Twitter, and visit the Brevard Music Center YouTube channel for performance videos from the 2012 season.

Outdoor Concert for Mother’s Day Weekend at Chimney Rock

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Chimney Rock‘s Music on the Mountain 2013 concert series, featuring talented bluegrass, folk and Americana bands from across Western North Carolina, kicks off noon-3 p.m. on Saturday, May 11 for Mother’s Day weekend. John Wilkes Boothe & the Black Toothe will open for Taylor Martin’s Engine, both from Asheville, N.C. The family-friendly concert will be held at the Outdoor Classroom, a new intimate venue on the Meadows. Park guests can enjoy the music at no additional charge with special “buy one, get one free” Park admission. The concert series continues on August 11 and September 14, noon-3pm. For more event details, visit chimneyrockpark.com.

Special Admission for Mothers. Treat mom to a family outing at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park on Mother’s Day weekend and get mom’s admission for free with purchase of a regularly-priced adult ticket for only $12. Download the coupon from the Park’s website for the “buy one, get one free” admission and present to the Ticket Plaza at time of purchase on May 11-12.

Spring Wildflower Walk. Make mom’s day extra special with a guided Spring Wildflower Walk on Chimney Rock’s Four Seasons trail 11 a.m.-noon on Saturday, May 11. The Park’s spectacular spring wildflowers in bloom now include wild columbine, purple phacelia, Fire Pinks, violets, trilliums and more. A Park naturalist will lead the hike starting at 11 a.m. at Cliff Dwellers Gift Shop. Register in advance and read the latest report on what’s blooming at chimneyrockpark.com.

“Don’t just buy mom flowers. Amaze her by surrounding her with panoramic mountain views of spring wildflowers and flowering trees, along with the people she loves most. While you’re at Chimney Rock, celebrate with great outdoor music at our Music on the Mountain concert series and have fun picnicking and hiking our scenic trails,” says Matt Popowski, PR & Events Manager, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park.

John Wilkes Boothe and The Black Toothe.  They’re here to assassinate your blues and chase away the despairs of modern life. From Asheville, N.C., The Toothe plays a unique brand of stripped down, super high energy acoustic folk rock. Catchy melodies, morbid yet tongue-in-cheek lyrics, and endless vocal harmonies are all staples of the band’s sound, as well as intimate, energetic live shows.


Taylor Martin’s Engine.  Taylor Martin of Asheville, N.C., performs folk and Americana music with a beating heart. Gritty, real and powerful, his relatively new band Taylor Martin’s Engine is filled with music born of genuine experience painted true and honest with raw and uncommon sincerity.

A special thanks goes to the sponsors who help make this concert series possible: Music City Asheville, Acoustic Corner of Black Mountain, N.C. and WNCW as a media sponsor.

Events will be held rain or shine, but in case of rain, the concert will be moved to the covered pavilion on the Meadows, where parking is available. Limited bench seating is provided at the concert venue, but attendees are encouraged to bring camping chairs or blankets. No beer and alcohol are allowed inside the state park, and no coolers will be allowed inside the concert area. Avery’s Hot Dogs will offer organic grass-fed 100% beef hot dogs, tofu veggie dogs, Nathan’s hot dogs, chips and drinks at the pavilion.

About Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Visit early to enjoy Chimney Rock’s 75-mile panoramic views, four scenic hiking trails, rock climbing and ancient geological features, such as Devil’s Head and the Opera Box. Featured in The Last of the Mohicans, the Park is hosting its 2nd Annual Movie on the Meadows showing this epic romantic adventure film, preceded by guided hikes to view film locations, on June 15. The Old Rock Café, located at the Park entrance, will host performances by local musicians at Beats, Burgers & Brews on weekends in July. For events, wildflower reports and visitor information, check out chimneyrockpark.com.

About Music City Asheville

Music City Asheville can help you sound like the pros. They have quality instruments for all levels of musicians, including pro audio, guitars, drums, accessories and more. Their expert staff can provide all the answers to your musical questions. Music City also offers a complete repair service for all stringed instruments, amplifiers and pro audio. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Call (828) 253-8735 or visit www.musiccityasheville.com.

About Acoustic Corner

Located in historic Black Mountain, Acoustic Corner is a different kind of musical instrument shop, offering an array of unique acoustic instruments in a hands-on, relaxed, helpful atmosphere. Acoustic Corner features guitars, mandolins, basses, bouzoukis, banjos, violins, lap dulcimers and other instruments popular in Celtic, Old-Time, Bluegrass, Jazz, and other acoustic music styles. Most of their instruments are hand-made or manufactured by hand in small factories. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Call (828) 669-5162 or visit www.acoustic-corner.com.

About WNCW

WNCW’s mission is to advance the broadest educational goals of Isothermal Community College through the operation of a full-service, professional public radio station that encourages its audience to pursue a quest for lifelong learning. WNCW offers an eclectic mix of Folk, Americana, Rock, Bluegrass, Reggae and more. Some call it “roots” music but most just call it good music. The public radio station broadcasts on WNCW-FM Spindale NC 88.7, Greenville SC 97.3, Charlotte NC 100.3 & 99.1, Boone NC 92.9, Repeater Service to WSIF Wilkesboro NC 90.9, and streams live online at www.wncw.org.

Biltmore Announces Summer Concert Series Line-up

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Fresh after their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, Heart will kick off Biltmore’s 17th annual concert series on Thursday, July 25.

In addition to Heart, a mix of Grammy Award-winning acts, as well as a contemporary Christian group, will highlight the series. Staged on the South Terrace of Biltmore House, the concert series will feature its own award-worthy views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. All shows will start at 8 p.m.

The full Biltmore Concert Series line-up is, with ticket prices:

Thursday, July 25: Heart
Adult Premium    $87
Adult Reserved   $72
Adult General     $62

Sunday, Aug. 4: Sheryl Crow
Adult Premium    $85
Adult Reserved   $70
Adult General     $60

Friday, August 16: Casting Crowns

Adult Premium    $70
Adult Reserved   $55
Adult General     $45

Friday, August 23: The Four Tops and Temptations
Adult Premium     $75
Adult Reserved    $60
Adult General      $50

Friday, August 30: The Beach Boys
Adult Premium     $78
Adult Reserved    $63
Adult General      $53

Saturday, August 31: Comedian Bill Engvall
Adult Premium     $70
Adult Reserved    $60
Adult General      $50

Tickets will go on sale for Heart and Sheryl Crow on June 5. Tickets for the rest of the line-up will go on sale on June 12. Ticket purchases will be available at www.biltmore.com/concerts, or by calling 866-336-1255 on the appointed dates.

A variety of ticket, dining and accommodations packages will be available for all of the concerts. Tickets do not include or require estate admission. Performers and dates are subject to change.

Shindig on the Green Fundraising Concert Saturday December 1

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – One of the area’s most beloved and authentic cultural traditions, Shindig on the Green presents its annual fundraising concert, an evening of traditional bluegrass and mountain dulcimer music, Saturday, December 1st, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the Upper Anderson Auditorium at Montreat Conference Center. The Folk Heritage Committee’s annual fundraiser features headliner David Holt and the Lightning Bolts plus mountain dulcimer virtuoso Don Pedi. The fundraising concert is a key element in securing necessary funding for the free and beloved Shindig on the Green summer Saturday evenings in Asheville.

Headliner – David Holt and the Lightning Bolts: Legendary musician, storyteller and four-time Grammy award winner David Holt performs with his five-piece band the Lightning Bolts, featuring an all-local line-up of instrumental superstars: Laura Boosinger on guitar, Josh Goforth on fiddle, Jeff Hersk on bass, and Byron Hedgepeth on percussion. The wide diversity of ages, styles and dynamic personalities gives David Holt and the Lightning Bolts the spark that keeps their music fresh, fun and fired up. “The musicianship is impeccable. Their concerts resonate with energy from start to finish,” says Singout! Magazine. For over thirty years, David Holt has been living in the Blue Ridge Mountains collecting and performing the songs and stories of the old-time mountaineers. His passion for traditional music and culture has fueled his successful performing and recording career. David Holt performs solo, with the Lightning Bolts, with Josh Goforth, and for over fourteen years he performed with the late legendary Doc Watson on their “Hills of Home” tour.

The exceptional line-up of the Lightning Bolts offers experience and excellent musicianship. Laura Boosinger (guitar) has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of North Carolina’s most talented singers and interpreters of the music of the Southern Appalachians through her concert performances, recordings, and Arts In Education programs. Boosinger is the Executive Director of the Madison County Arts Council. Josh Goforth (fiddle) is a rising star of acoustic music, the youngest three-time Fiddler of the Festival winner at Fiddler’s Grove, and a Grammy nominee. Goforth has toured extensively with a variety of ensembles, and his playing can be heard in the movie Songcatcher, both onscreen and on the soundtrack. Jeff Hersk (bass) is a fixture on the local music scene, playing with several bands in local venues, at large festivals such as Merlefest, and with the Blue Ridge Orchestra. Hersk serves on staff each year for The Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College. And Byron Hedgepeth (percussion) is among the most versatile percussionists in the southeast, performing and recording regularly with a wide variety of artists across genres from jazz to classical to old-time music. A devoted educator, Hedgepeth implemented and developed the percussion program at UNC-Asheville in 1981 and served as Director of Percussion Studies there until 2005.

Don Pedi: For over forty years Don Pedi has amazed and delighted audiences with his unique “Fiddle-Pick” style of playing the dulcimer. Drawing on decades of association with many of the best musicians in the southern mountains, as well as his deep commitment to preserving the old music, Pedi carries on the tradition in an exciting and innovative fashion. Pedi won first place in the first contest he ever entered at the 1974 Fiddler’s Grove Festival, in Union Grove, North Carolina. Before retiring from festival competitions in 1982, he garnered over thirty first place trophies and awards. Pedi currently performs solo, as a duo with Bruce Greene or in a group with Bruce. In 2003 Don represented Appalachia at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Pedi and his music appear in the motion pictures Songcatcher and The Journey of August King. Since 1985 Don Pedi has served as an on air host at NPR affiliate station WCQS-FM in Asheville on the program, “Close to Home,” which features traditional, old-time, and classic folk music. Pedi teaches at events ranging from those with hundreds of participants, such as The Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College and Mountain Dulcimer Week at Western Carolina University, to his own Tao of Dulcimer Retreat, which is limited to fifteen participants.

Over 30,000 people attend Shindig on the Green for free throughout the summer. While the crowds of locals and visitors at Shindig have grown over the years for the free evenings, so have the costs. The non-profit Folk Heritage Committee must raise funds to cover the sharply rising costs at Shindig on the Green for goods and services such as security, sound equipment and technicians. The December concert has a $6000 monetary goal, with all of those funds needed to help cover the “free” Shindig’s very real operating costs, which average several thousand dollars per evening. The Folk Heritage Committee produces Shindig on the Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in order to support the preservation and continuation of the traditional music, dance and storytelling heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Shindig takes place in the heart of downtown Asheville at Pack Square Park’s Roger McGuire Green, on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage.  Dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the region’s rich cultural heritage, Shindig on the Green’s 47th summer season in 2013 is scheduled for June 29; July 6, 13, 20; and August 10, 17, 24, and 31.

The Upper Anderson Auditorium: The December 1st fundraiser takes place in the Upper Anderson Auditorium, the 300-seat theatre at the beautiful Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, in Montreat, NC (Exit #64 off of I-40). Parking for the event is located next to the Upper Anderson Auditorium.

Tickets: Adults $20; Children 12 and younger $10; Group Rate (10 or more adults) $15 per person.  For tickets, call Folk Heritage Committee member Judy Miller at 828-685-8313, or to reserve tickets e-mail [email protected] For more information, visit www.folkheritage.org or call the Folk Heritage Info Line: 828-258-6101 x345.

Faculty Performances at UNC Asheville Feature Flutist Judi Lampert, Asheville Baroque Trio

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Two upcoming concerts at UNC Asheville will feature members of the music faculty.

  • Judi LampertFlutist Judi Lampert will perform a program of works ancient and modern, 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. Lampert will be accompanied by Elsa O’Farrell, piano and harpsichord, and the University Chamber Orchestra, directed by Milton Crotts. Admission is $5 at the door.
    Lampert will play two lyrical works by contemporary composers – “Elysian Fields” by Robert Maggio, and “Winter Spirits” by Katherine Hoover – along with “Battalia” by 17th century composer Heinrich Biber, a piccolo concerto by Vivaldi, and “Three Romances” by Robert Schuman. Lampert , an adjunct assistant professor of Music at UNC Asheville, has played with the Asheville and Greenville Symphonies as well as the Spartanburg Philharmonic.
  • The Asheville Baroque Trio, consisting of Blake Hobby, harpsichord, Charles McKnight, recorder, and Gail Ann Schroeder, viola da gamba, will perform at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30, in Karpen Hall’s Laurel Forum on the campus. This concert is free and open to the public.
    Hobby, UNC Asheville assistant professor of Literature, holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Stetson University, where he studied harpsichord. McKnight also studied music at Stetson University, and then earned a master’s degree in music from Yale, and a Ph.D. in Musicology from Cornell. McKnight is an associate professor of Music at UNC Asheville. Schroeder holds a bachelor of music degree from the University of Michigan and a Higher Diploma from the Royal Music Conservatory of Brussels. She has performed extensively as a soloist in the United States and Europe, and has performed recently in Asheville with Pan Harmonia.

For information on these and other upcoming performances at UNC Asheville, visit music.unca.edu.