The Brevard Music Center (BMC), a summer festival and institute, opens its 75th anniversary season on the weekend of June 24-26 with two orchestral programs led by renowned American conductor JoAnn Falletta, BMC’s Principal Guest Conductor. Both concerts occur in the open-air Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium on the BMC campus.
On Friday, June 24, at 7:30 PM. Ms. Falletta leads the Brevard Music Center Orchestra in the Portsmouth Point Overture by William Walton; Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations; and the Violin Concerto by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Soloist in the Tchaikovsky Concerto, one of the most beloved works in the repertoire, will be the distinguished American violinist Robert McDuffie. Mr. McDuffie is not only a frequent visitor to the Brevard Music Center but also an alumnus, having spent two summers at BMC as a teenager. During the 2010-11 season he was praised widely for his performances of Phillip Glass’s Violin Concerto No. 2, “The American Four Seasons,” a work written for Mr. McDuffie that he has performed around the world.
On Sunday, June 26, at 3 PM, Ms. Falletta leads the Brevard Music Center Orchestra in Joaquin Turina’s brilliant orchestral showpiece Danzas Fantasticas; Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini; and Johannes Brahms’s Symphony No. 2. Soloist in the Rachmaninoff Rhapsody will be the acclaimed Italian pianist Fabio Bidini. Mr. Bidini became known to American audiences in 1993, when he was a finalist in the Van Cliburn Competition. Since then he has established a brilliant international career, performing with major orchestras and appearing in some of the world’s most important venues. Fabio Bidini is a Steinway Artist.
With the 2011 season conductor JoAnn Falletta begins her tenure as Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center. Already a favorite with Brevard musicians and audiences, she is regarded as one of the most successful and important conductors in the United States. She is Music Director of both the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and she was recently named Principal Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra. She has conducted more than 100 orchestras in North America alone.
Tickets are available at the box office, by phone or mail, and online at brevardmusic.org. The box office is located in the foyer of Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium on the Brevard Music Center campus, phone (828) 862-2105 or toll-free (888) 384-8682. Parking is free to all events at the Brevard Music Center.
In 2011 Brevard Music Center, under Artistic Director Keith Lockhart, will present more than 80 concerts to the public and will enroll more than 400 gifted students from nearly every state and from around the world. Sixty-five professional musicians, representing major orchestras and distinguished music schools, comprise the artist faculty. The Brevard Music Center has emerged as one of America’s premier summer training programs for young musicians, and the festival concerts draw more than 30,000 patrons each year.