Brevard, NC — This summer, over a ten-week period spanning June to August, Brevard Music Center (BMC) celebrates a historic 80th Anniversary with over eighty performances in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. BMC’s 2016 Summer Music Festival features a number of firsts-the operatic world-premiere of Falling Angel, an inaugural Jazz Institute, and a Dvo?ák in America Festival-in addition to an array of world-class artists including Grammy-winning banjo legend Béla Fleck, acclaimed pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and esteemed BMC alumni.
“For eighty years, talented students and distinguished faculty have joined together to perform great musical works at the highest artistic level,” said Brevard Music Center President & CEO Mark Weinstein. “This year, more than any other, we celebrate the thousands of BMC alumni-talented young men and women who have taken the stage here and around the world to raise classical music to new heights. I invite everyone to bring a friend and enjoy a spectacular season of symphony, opera, pops, chamber, and jazz. On the lawn, under the stars, or in an intimate hall…this is the place to witness performances as captivating as the view!”
Opening Weekend: June 24-26, 2016
BMC’s opening weekend of festivities kicks off with three performances conducted exclusively by Artistic Director Keith Lockhart, also Principal Conductor of the Boston Pops and the BBC Concert Orchestra in London. Lockhart, a BMC alumnus, will also unveil the Music Center’s new acoustic shell at Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium (WPA), a visually stunning stage enhancement that will measurably improve both the sound and quality of any concert experience.
The Friday, June 24th Opening Night will feature the return of French “gentleman, poet, and pianist” Jean-Yves Thibaudet in a performance of Gershwin’s exquisite Piano Concerto in F, as well as the Brevard Music Center Orchestra (BMCO) in a French-inspired evening of compositions by Gershwin (An American in Paris and Variations on I’ve Got Rhythm), Ravel (Bolero) and Debussy (Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune). On Saturday, June 25,Lockhart will lead the BMCO, and a special guest artist, in a BMC Presents 80th Anniversary Spectacular concert. The inspired weekend concludes on Sunday, June 26, with Lockhart leading the Brevard Sinfonia in the evocative Shostakovich Symphony 5 and Sibelius Violin Concerto.