The Brevard Music Center Presents Renowned Conductor Matthias Bamert, 6/27

The Brevard Music Center Presents Renowned Conductor Matthias Bamert, 6/27 The Brevard Music Center (BMC) welcomes the return of renowned conductor Matthias Bamert for a pair of concerts. On Friday, June 27, at 7:30 p.m., Bamert will conduct the Brevard Music Center Orchestra in a performance of Beethoven's final and most innovative piano concerto - the Emperor concerto. Internationally-acclaimed pianist Ingrid Fliter will perform Beethoven's towering masterpiece that will demonstrate why Beethoven remains one of classical music's greatest composers. Bamert returns on Saturday, June 28, for a concert featuring Stravinsky's witty and playful Symphony in C and oboist Eric Ohlsson performing Strauss's incredible oboe concerto.

The weekend is rounded out with a Special Family Concert on Sunday, June 29, at 3:00 p.m. Enjoy a picnic on the lawn as Ken Lam leads the Brevard Concert Orchestra in a special one-hour performance of family-friendly orchestral music. The Family Concert is the best way for children of all ages to experience the magic of live classical music. Bring the kids and the grandkids and let them experience the beauty of classical music. Lawn tickets are free for children, and adult tickets are only $15.

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.

CHAMBER MUSIC AND OPERA

Chamber music moves to Brevard's most intimate concert setting, Searcy Hall on the Brevard Music Center campus, for performances by members of Brevard Music Center's Artist Faculty. Audiences can experience a pair of performances that include the world premiere of Trevino's "3 Riffs" on Monday, June 30, and Fauré's Piano Quartet No. 2 on Wednesday, July 2.

The Music Center's Opera Opening Night premieres on Thursday, July 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Scott Concert Hall at the Porter Center for Performing Arts. Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring weaves the light-hearted tale of one young man's quest to escape from under his mother's thumb and see the world. Familiar themes of small-town politics, family, and finding a place in society are brought to life by Britten's rich and entertaining music. BMC will present a second performance of the opera on Saturday, July 5 at 2:00 p.m.

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.

HISTORY

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, "like" the Brevard Music Center on Facebook, follow @brevardmusic on Twitter, and visit the Brevard Music Center YouTube channel for performance videos from previous festival seasons.