In addition to Mr. Lockhart, conductors will include: BMC Principal Guest Conductor JoAnn Falletta; the legendary Swiss Conductor Matthias Bamert; Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Music Director of the Fort Worth Symphony; Sarah Ioannides, Music Director of the Spartanburg Philharmonic; Danail Rachev, Music Director of the Eugene Symphony; and BMC Resident Conductor Ken Lam.
Orchestral repertoire includes Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, Mahler's Symphony
No. 4, Elgar's "Enigma" Variations, and Beethoven's "Pastoral" Symphony. Other guest soloists appearing this season include 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition gold medalist Vadym Kholodenko performing Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2, Adele Anthony performing Dvorák's Violin Concerto, and internationally acclaimed soloist Garrick Ohlsson
performing Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 2.
All of the orchestra programs occur in BMC's open-sided Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium, which creates a special open-air experience for listeners while retaining the aural impact of a concert hall.
In 2014 BMC will stage four operas at the Porter Center for Performing Arts on the campus of Brevard College. Three mainstage opera productions will be presented in the Scott Concert Hall: Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring; W.A. Mozart's Don Giovanni; and Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd.
The 2014 season will also feature the return of BMC's "Opera in a Box" performance in the Morrison Playhouse
black box theater. Opera students will perform a premiere of Grammy-winning composer Robert Aldridge's new opera Sister
CHAMBER MUSIC AND RECITALS
The 2014 festival includes 12 chamber music concerts, including a performance by the renowned International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the BMC premiere of the internationally-acclaimed Shanghai Quartet, a special performance by the Brevard Festival
Chamber Orchestra, and an array of performances by BMC Artist Faculty members that will please the music lover of any taste.
On Sunday, June 29, BMC will present a special family concert at Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium. Ken Lam will lead the Brevard Concert Orchestra in a special one-hour performance of light-hearted classical music.
The annual Pendergrast Family Patriotic Pops concert is a beloved Brevard tradition, and it goes off at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 4. Maestro Kraig Alan Williams will lead the Brevard Symphonic Winds in marches, patriotic songs and other favorites, concluding with the 1812 Overture, complete with live cannon.
On Saturday, July 26, the Brevard Sinfonia will perform an evening of music from the movies. Film buffs and music lovers alike will enjoy hearing the themes from their favorite films.
Additional concerts are still being added to the 2014 schedule. Check brevardmusic.org
for the most up-to-date listing of performances.
The Brevard Music Center originated in 1936 as a summer music camp at Davidson College. James Christian Pfohl, the Music Center's founder and first Artistic Director, moved his operation to Queens College
in Charlotte for the summer of 1943, then to the current location in 1944. Pfohl added a festival of concerts at the end of the 1946 session. Over time the camp became an institute, and the festival came to run the entire summer season.
In 2014 Brevard Music Center will enroll more than 400 students from nearly every state in the U.S., plus students from Europe, Asia, and South America. Sixty-five professional musicians, representing major orchestras and distinguished music schools, comprise the artist faculty. Students, faculty and staff all reside on the 180-acre wooded campus in Western North Carolina. The Brevard Music Center has emerged as one of America's premier summer training programs for young musicians.
For more information on festival performances visit brevardmusic.org
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