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Internationally-Acclaimed Conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya to Make His Brevard Music Center Premiere, 7/18-19

Internationally-Acclaimed Conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya to Make His Brevard Music Center Premiere, 7/18-19 Internationally-acclaimed conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya makes his Brevard Music Center premiere with a weekend of unforgettable performances. On Friday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m., Harth-Bedoya leads the Brevard Music Center Orchestra in two of classical music's true masterpieces - Brahms's second symphony and Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2. The 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko joins the orchestra for the performance. Kholodenko's performance marks the beginning of a new relationship between BMC and the prestigious Van Cliburn competition. On Saturday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m. Harth-Bedoya returns to lead the Brevard Sinfonia in Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony and Prokofiev's tuneful suite from Cinderella. Don't miss some of classical music's most memorable themes interpreted by one of America's most energetic young conductors. Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m., Brevard Music Center students take the stage for the annual Soloists of Tomorrow concert. Winners of the 2014 Jan & Beattie Wood Concerto Competition join Ken Lam and the Brevard Music Center Orchestra for an afternoon of virtuosic solo performances showcasing the outstanding talent of BMC students. All orchestra concerts are presented in BMC's open-air Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium. This truly unique concert setting lets audiences enjoy concerts from the comfort of indoor seating, or have a drink and picnic on the lawn while listening to live performances surrounded by the scenic beauty of the Music Center's campus. Lawn tickets start at just $15 and children 17 and under sit on the lawn for free. CHAMBER EVENTS NOT TO BE MISSED Chamber music returns to the Porter Center on the campus of Brevard College for a pair of truly unique concerts. OnMonday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m. acclaimed operatic baritone and Brevard native Sidney Outlaw returns to his hometown for a solo recital of works ranging from classical lieder to modern songs based on the writings of Martin Luther King, Jr. Don't miss an evening of truly special music performed by one of Brevard's hometown talents. On Wednesday, July 23, at 7:30 p.m. Ken Lam leads the Music Center's annual chamber orchestra performance - Brevard Camerata. The special evening of music includes Stravinsky's "Dumbarton Oaks," Mozart's Exsultate, Jubilate, and a rare performance of Beethoven's first symphony. A fan favorite, the annual event presents an opportunity to hear orchestral performances in a truly intimate concert setting. OPERA PREMIERES NEW WORK - SISTER CARRIE BMC's Janiec Opera Company continues its 2014 season with a the premiere of Grammy-winning composer Robert Aldridge's new work, "Sister Carrie." The production is the 2014 entry in BMC's Opera In A Box project, which allows Brevard students to workshop and perform premieres of new operas. Based on the novel by Theodore Dreiser, "Sister Carrie" tells the story of a young country girl who moves to the big city to pursue her own American Dream. Three performances will be presented July 24, 25, and 26 at 2 p.m. in the intimate blackbox theater at the Porter Center for Performing Arts on the campus of Brevard College. BMC PRESENTS MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER The new BMC Presents series concludes on Tuesday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m. with a special concert by singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter. Carpenter will join Keith Lockhart and the Brevard Festival Orchestra to perform her most-loved hits with live orchestral accompaniment. The unique concert offers something for fans of country and classical music alike. Enjoy the concert from the comfort of indoor seating, or take a seat on the lawn for an evening under the stars. TICKETS Tickets are available by phone (call 828-862-2105 or toll-free 888-384-8682), by mail, at the box office, or online atbrevardmusic.org. The box office is located in the foyer of Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium on the Brevard Music Center campus. Call 828-862-2100 to request a brochure, or view a performance schedule online at brevardmusic.org. Patrons who purchase tickets online may print their tickets at home, may have them mailed, or may have them held at the box office. The online ticketing system also allows patrons to choose their own seats from the available locations. Parking is free to all events at the Brevard Music Center.

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