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Brevard Music Center Presents Free April Concerts in Brevard, Hendersonville and Asheville

ASHEVILLE NC – Brevard Music Center (BMC), in partnership with Brevard College, the Osher Lifelong Learning Center (OLLI) in Asheville, and Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra in Hendersonville, is pleased to announce its April program of chamber concerts as part of BMC’s free Community Concerts series.
The April 2016 series of concerts includes:
•    Asheville | Sundays with BMC: At 3 PM on Sunday, April 3, flutist Dilshad Posnock and pianist Craig Nies will perform an exquisite program of Chamber Music at the Sundays with BMC concert in the Reuter Center on the campus at UNC Asheville.
•    Brevard | First Mondays: On Monday, April 4 at 12:30 PM, the duo will perform at the First Mondays concert in Scott Concert Hall at the Porter Center on the Brevard College campus.
•    NEW! Hendersonville | Chamber Music Tuesdays: On Tuesday, April 5 at 12:30 PM, the duo will move to First United Methodist Church in Hendersonville for Chamber Music Tuesdays – the newest offering in Brevard Music Center’s series of free community concerts throughout the region.  Chamber Music Tuesdays in Hendersonville is made possible, in part, through a grant from the Perry N. Rudnick Endowment Fund of the Community Foundation of Henderson County.
April’s program will include CPE Bach’s “Hamburger” Sonata, Pierre Sancan’s Sonatine for flute and piano, a solo keyboard Intermezzo by JS Bach, and Sonata for the Emerald Isle – a work by BMC alum Jack Coen.
“Brevard Music Center is pleased to bring the beautiful music of our free Community Concert Series to some of our favorite towns in Western North Carolina,” said BMC President & CEO Mark Weinstein. “This popular series allows us to give something back to the communities and regional neighbors that generously support BMC each summer.”
Each Brevard First Mondays concert also features a local charity highlighting the needs of the community. April’s local charity partner is Rise and Shine Freedom School of Brevard.
WCQS is the media sponsor of the March, April and May 2016 series of BMC Community Concerts.
The popular recital series is offered at no cost to the general public from October through May. Sundays with BMC are held on the Sunday preceding the first Monday of each month in Asheville. First Mondays are held on the first Monday of each month in Brevard. Hendersonville’s Chamber Music Tuesdays are held on the first Tuesday of each month through May.
The final BMC Community Concert performance of the spring 2016 season will feature Scott Rawls (viola) and Jihye Chang (piano) on May 1, 2 and 3.
For full guest artist biographies, as well as directions to Brevard College, the Reuter Center, and First United Methodist Church, please visit: https://www.brevardmusic.org/festival/ccs/.
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About the Artist | Dilshad Posnock
Born in Mumbai, India, Dilshad Posnock has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in concerts and festivals throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and India. Her performances have been featured on BBC TV and BBC World Service Radio.  Ms. Posnock has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Pittsburgh Ballet and the Pittsburgh Opera,  and served as Director of the Artist Diploma Program at the Carnegie Mellon School of Music. In addition to her role as Assistant Director of the Jeanne Baxtresser International Master Class, she has also worked on publication projects with world-renowned flutists, Jeanne Baxtresser and Sir James Galway.  Ms. Posnock holds performance degrees from the Royal College of Music (London) and Carnegie Mellon University.  Now based in Brevard, NC, Ms. Posnock has performed with the Asheville Choral Society and has appeared as Guest Principal Flute with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra.  She joined the faculty of Brevard Music Center in 2006.
About the Artist | Craig Nies
Renowned pianist Craig Nies is Associate Professor of Piano at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music.  He has performed with 10 Pulitzer Prize winning composers, and members of the Mendelssohn, Franciscan, Alexander, Audubon, and Blair String Quartets, and members of the New York Woodwind Quintet. Dr. Nies recently completed an 8-concert recital series featuring the complete sonatas of Mozart and Schubert, as well as Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Between 2001 and 2003 he performed the complete violin and cello sonatas of Beethoven with members of the Blair String Quartet and Blakemore Trio. While teaching at Yale, he performed the complete solo works of Debussy, which were broadcast on National Public Radio. Dr. Nies has been on the piano faculty at Vanderbilt University since 1991, serving as co-chair of the piano department for 14 years. Prior to that, he was an adjunct Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Music for 6 years. Along with radio and television appearances in the U.S., Dr. Nies has appeared on television and radio in England, Russia, and Germany.  He joined the faculty of Brevard Music Center in 2006.
About Brevard Music Center | Summer Festival and Institute
Performances as captivating as the view. This is Brevard. Be Inspired. Be Here. 
Founded 80 years ago, Brevard Music Center has matured into one of the country’s premier summer classical music training programs and festivals. More than 400 gifted students, ages 14 through post-college, come to the Music Center each year from all across the US and around the world to study with a distinguished faculty and renowned guest artists.
Each summer, students participate in a vigorous program of instruction and performance led by Artistic Director and alumnus Keith Lockhart, also Principal Conductor of the Boston Pops and the BBC Concert Orchestra in London.
Brevard’s hallmark is the powerful sense of community that re-emerges every June through August as faculty and students present more than 80 remarkable concerts to summer audiences totaling 30,000.
For more information on BMC, visit brevardmusic.org, call (828) 862-2100, “like” the Brevard Music Center on Facebook, follow @brevardmusic on Twitter, and visit the Brevard Music Center YouTube channel for performance videos from previous festival seasons.

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