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Brevard Music Center Offers Free Concert March 4

ASHEVILLE NC – The Brevard Music Center (BMC) in partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) presents its Sundays with Brevard Music Center concert series at a special time this month – on Wednesday, March 4 at 3:00pm in the Reuter Center on the campus of UNC Asheville. The program will feature Soprello – a musical collaboration between BMC’s cello artist Alistair MacRae and soprano Allison Pohl. Soprello explores the connections between vibrating strings and the human voice and aims to engage audiences with music new and old, both specific to its instrumentation and inventively repurposed. MacRae and Pohl will perform works by Schumann, Purcell, Tavener, and more.

Cellist Alistair MacRae has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral principal throughout the United States and in Europe, Asia, South America, and the Middle East. His playing has been praised for its “rich sound and lyrical phrasing” (Palm Beach Daily News) and his performances have been featured in radio broadcasts across the United States. Mr. MacRae teaches cello at Princeton University and is on the faculty of the Brevard Music Center. He has given master classes and lecture-performances through the American String Teachers Association, Marshall University, the University of Utah, Palm Beach Community College, and Kings College. He holds degrees from Princeton University and the Manhattan School of Music.
Soprano Allison Pohl made her professional debut as Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro under the baton of Maestro Stephen Lord at Boston Lyric Opera. She has performed widely in the United States as well as Italy and China, drawing positive reviews for her “sparkling voice” (OuterStage) and “exuberant” performances (Opera News). This season, Allison debuts with Opera Providence as Yum-Yum in The Mikado and as a soloist with Canton Symphony Orchestra in the opening concert of their Masterworks Series. Allison received her Master of Music degree from Boston University and her Bachelor of Music degree from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music.
This free and open to the public concert series continues on Sunday, April 5, 2015, with a concert by violinist Jason Posnock and pianist Ivan Seng. The Sundays with Brevard Music Center series is presented October through May.

The Brevard Music Center is a world-renowned summer music institute and festival and presents 80 public concerts in the summer season, more than 30 of which have no admission charge. For more information about Sundays with Brevard Music Center, visit brevardmusic.org. For more information about OLLI visit olliasheville.com.

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