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Brevard Music Center Announces 2013 Season

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.

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