The Brevard Music Center Presents the 2014 BMC PRESENTS Series

The Brevard Music Center Presents the 2014 BMC PRESENTS Series

The Brevard Music Center (BMC) is excited to announce the launch of a new concert series during its 2014 summer festival. The four-concert BMC Presents series will welcome guest artists to Music Center stages to present performances outside of the Music Center's traditionally classical offerings. These family-friendly concerts will not only welcome new audiences to the Brevard Music Center, but will also serve as fundraisers to support the Music Center's educational mission.

The first annual Brevard Blues Festival kicks off the series and is set for 3 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at Whittington-Pfhol Auditorium on the campus of Brevard Music Center.
185 King Street and the Brevard Music Center are teaming up for the family-friendly party, which will include eight hours of blues, barbecue. On-site food will be provided byRollin' Smoke Barbecue. The 2014 Brevard Blues Festival lineup features bands from throughout the region, including Doug Deming, Dennis Gruenling and The Jewel Tones, Anson Funderburgh, the Shane Pruitt Band, Dangerous Gentlemen, The Dubber, Riyen Roots, and more.

Here's a quick look at the other upcoming musical events in the BMC Presents series:

For over fifty years, Peter, Paul and Mary have helped define folk music. As we open the 2014 BMC Presents series we are thrilled to have Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey performing the hits that made them famous. Fans of all ages can sing along with "Puff (the Magic Dragon)," "Lemon Tree," "If I Had a Hammer," and other favorites that helped define a generation.

Best known for his 1990 hit "Walking In Memphis," GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter Marc Cohn has enjoyed a career distinguished by soulful original tunes, and brilliant re-imaginings of popular hits. Hailed as a natural storyteller and brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man, Cohn has thrilled audiences for over two decades. His current album, Listening Booth: 1970, features Cohn's distinctive covers of the great music of 1970.

Country music superstar Mary Chapin Carpenter's career includes five GRAMMY awards, two years as the Country Music Association's Female Vocalist of the Year, and an induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. In addition to several platinum albums, her songs have been covered by artists including Joan Baez, Cyndi Lauper, and Trisha Yearwood. Her current project, Songs From The Movie, reprises her songs with the distinctly beautiful and cinematic orchestrations of film composer Vince Mendoza. Carpenter will perform her hits with the Brevard Festival Orchestra under the direction of BMC Artistic Director Keith Lockhart.

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, "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.