Brevard Music Festival 2017 Season Opening Weekend Features Lee Ann Womack

The Brevard Music Center's 81st anniversary season offers an extraordinary and diverse schedule of musical performances and exciting guest performers. The BMC Presents series, which brings big-name musicians from outside of the classical music tradition to Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium, will welcome Grammy and CMA-award winning country artist Lee Ann Womack to the stage on Saturday, June 24 at 7:30 PM, as part of the Music Festival's Saturday Spectacular, a special part of the opening weekend.

"We are thrilled to bring a performer as diverse and delightful as Lee Ann Womack to the Brevard Music Center campus," said Brevard Music Center President Mark Weinstein. "Her prodigious talent and remarkable mix of traditional country and pop are sure to inspire audiences. This special event is yet another component of what promises to be an extraordinary opening weekend to our 81st summer season."

A progressive traditionalist, Lee Ann Womack has sung for presidents, the Concert for the Nobel Prize, and Maya Angelou's Celebration of Joy Rising. The Grammy-winner built a career seeking songs that slice life wide open to let the pain, the emptiness, the rage and the desire pour out. A Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year, she's also won the prestigious Album of the Year for There's More Where That Came From, plus a pair of Single of the Year awards for "I May Hate Myself in the Morning" and "I Hope You Dance."

The East Texan has been a duet partner of choice for Alan Jackson, Dr. John, Ralph Stanley, Buddy Miller, George Strait, Jim Lauderdale, and Willie Nelson. She is also a featured vocalist on Miller's Silver Strings project, Rodney Crowell and Mary Karr's Kin and music supervisor Randall Poster's critically acclaimed Divided & United. Womack's soprano has been described as having a purity that rivals Dolly Parton and an ache that suggests Emmylou Harris at her most haunted.

The song-driven Sarah Siskind & Sunliner, featuring Jeff Sipe, will open for Ms. Womack as part of the BMC Presents Saturday Spectacular.

Hampton Inn-Brevard, is the 2017 Series Sponsor of BMC Presents.2017 Season Highlights From June to August, the Brevard Summer Music Festival will welcome 40,000 attendees and showcase some of the most celebrated names in music-from classical superstars to pops legends to country, bluegrass, jazz and other genre-blending artists-for more than 80 captivating performances under the stars. Five hundred gifted young musicians from across the globe will gather in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to prepare and perform great musical works alongside a remarkable and distinguished faculty.

BMC's 2017 season-celebrating the 10th anniversary of Artistic Director Keith Lockhart-features classical masterpieces like Beethoven 5, Verdi Requiem, and Dvo?ák Cello Concerto; bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs with Orchestra; a season-long Kurt Weill Festival with Broadway-themed cabarets and concerts, the opera Street Scene, and free book readings and lectures; the nationally-acclaimed Wild West operatic staging of Don Pasquale; the epic film E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert, on the big screen with live symphony; an August 18-21 Eclipse Weekend kicking off with Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, and much more! Visit brevardmusic.org/performances to view the entire season schedule.

"For eighty-one years, talented students and distinguished faculty have come together on our stages to perform great musical works at the highest artistic level," remarked BMC President Mark Weinstein. "This year we have a truly exceptional schedule of events. I invite everyone to bring a friend and enjoy a spectacular season of symphony, opera, pops, chamber, cabaret, Americana, 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!"

Ticket Information
Tickets for Lee Ann Womack start at $15 for lawn seating and $28 for great seats in Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium, BMC's lakeside open-air auditorium.

The BMC Box Office will remain open for Summer Festival subscriptions and other single ticket sales throughout the summer season. For more information about the 81st anniversary season and to purchase tickets, visit the Box Office at 349 Andante Lane (Brevard, NC), call (828) 862-2105, or order seats online at brevardmusic.org. Group discounts of up to 25% are available. All BMC guest artists, programs, and dates are subject to change.

About Brevard Music Center | Summer Festival and Institute
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Led by Artistic Director and alumnus Keith Lockhart, also Principal Conductor of the Boston Pops and BBC Concert Orchestra, Brevard Music Center stands as one of the country's premier summer training programs and music festivals. Over ten weeks and among 40,000 attendees, the next generation of musicians gather in the captivating Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to perform great musical works alongside distinguished faculty and many of the most celebrated names in music.

For more information on BMC, visit brevardmusic.org, call (828) 862-2100, "like" the Brevard Music Center on Facebook, follow @brevardmusic on Twitter, stream season highlights via SoundCloud, and visit the Brevard Music Center YouTube channel for performance videos from previous festival seasons.


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