Brevard Music Center Closes Festival with Big Weekend


Keith Lockhart at Brevard Music Center Festival

The Brevard Music Center (BMC), a summer festival and institute, closes its 2012 season with a weekend of special events. On Friday, Keith Lockhart conducts a special performance of the complete incidental music from Grieg’s Peer Gynt, on Saturday, YouTube sensations Igudesman & Joo present their hilarious show BIG Nightmare Music, and on Sunday, renowned pianist André Watts performs in the festival’s season finale concert. Brevard is just 30 miles from Asheville.

On Thursday, August 2 at 7:30pm and Saturday, August 4 at 2:00pm the Janiec Opera Company closes its 2012 season with two performances of Puccini’s classic La bohème. One of the most frequently performed operas worldwide, this tale of life, young love, and loss in Paris’s Latin Quarter has become not only a beloved opera, but serves as the basis for the hit Broadway musical Rent.

On Friday, August 3 at 7:30pm BMC Artistic Director Keith Lockhart leads the Transylvania Symphony Orchestra in a rare performance of the complete incidental music from Grieg’s Peer Gynt. Friday’s concert will be the largest performance of the 2012 season with 300 performers on stage as the TSO is joined by the Brevard Festival Chorus and narrator Ray Dooley.

On Saturday, August 4 at 7:30pm the powerhouse comedy duo Igudesman & Joo present their over the top orchestral show BIG Nightmare Music. Appearing on stages and televisions across Europe, the pair has become a YouTube sensation with their unique blend of Classical technique and comedic presentation. This tour stop in Brevard will be Igudesman & Joo’s only appearance in the Southeastern US this year.

On Sunday, August 5 at 3:00pm BMC Artistic Director Keith Lockhart will conduct the Brevard Music Center Orchestra in the festival’s Season Finale concert featuring Dzubay’s Shadow Dance, Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor, and Berlioz’s spectacular Symphonie fantastique. Soloist on the Grieg will be celebrated pianist André Watts. A world-renowned artist, Watts has played before royalty in Europe and head of government in nations all over the world throughout his over 45 year long career.

Tickets are available by phone (call 828-862-2105 or toll-free 888-384-8682), by mail, at the box office, or online at brevardmusic.org. The box office is located in the foyer of Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium on the Brevard Music Center campus.

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