Our wonderful Brevard Music Center will open its 2013 season Friday, June 21 – featuring seven weeks of classical masterworks, including Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto, Stravinsky’s “Firebird”, and Beethoven’s beloved Fifth Symphony.
The summer lineup includes an outstanding group 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.
The 2013 season features more than 80 performances, including 18 different orchestra programs, four opera productions, wind ensemble, chamber music, new music, recitals, and more. The season closes Sunday, 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.
2013 subscription sales will begin 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.
A LITTLE HISTORY… The Brevard Music Center is a summer institute and festival located in Brevard, North Carolina. It enrolls about four hundred students, age fourteen and older, who participate in orchestra and other large ensembles, an opera program, play chamber music, study composition, and take private lessons. A faculty of sixty is drawn from orchestras, conservatories, and universities. Three performance venues, including the 1800-seat Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium, host more than eighty public concerts that attract audiences of some 50,000 persons.
The Brevard Music Center began life in 1936 as a summer music camp for boys at Davidson College. The founder, Davidson faculty member James Christian Pfohl, led the program for seven years at Davidson and one season at Queens College in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 1944 Pfohl moved the program to its present location in Brevard, North Carolina, and he instituted a festival of concerts in 1945. The name “Brevard Music Center” was adopted in 1955. Pfohl remained artistic director until 1964, when he was succeeded by Henry Janiec of Converse College. Janiec was succeeded in 1997 by conductor David Effron. Keith Lockhart became the Artistic Director in October 2007.
The Brevard Music Center offers tuition in orchestral instruments, piano, composition, voice, and opera. Two-thirds of the student body is college age or older, and all students and faculty live on the wooded campus of 180 acres (0.73 km2). Active alumni include countertenor David Daniels, Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart, and violist Roberto Diaz, president of the Curtis Institute of Music.
Source: The Transylvania Times, Monday Feb. 4, 2013