This preview has been provided by the Brevard Philharmonic.
The upcoming Brevard Philharmonic season boasts a roster of stellar soloists performing great works from classical giants Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Grieg and Tchaikovsky as well as American musical theater masters Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Season highlights include Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto with Philadelphia Orchestra concertmaster David Kim (Sept. 23); teenage violinist Zeyu Victor Li, semi-finalist in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major (March 24); the dazzling pianist Marina Lomazov performing Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto (Nov. 11); a delightful night of music from “The King and I,” “Oklahoma” and “The Sound of Music (Feb. 17);” and a dynamic Brazilian guitar duo (April 28)..
“We are very excited to be able to offer a season with such a variety of excellent music from many eras performed by this bourgeoning orchestra and amazing guest artists,” said Music Director Donald Portnoy. “We know the people of the Brevard, Hendersonville and Asheville area are discerning in their musical choices and believe the Philharmonic offers them unique programming performed at the highest level.”
The Brevard Philharmonic is a sometimes-overlooked gem of classical music in Western North Carolina with a majority of professional players, a masterful music director and a lineup of world-class soloists.
The upcoming season marks the sixth for Maestro Portnoy, who is also Music Director of the University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra and Director of Orchestral Studies at the USC School of Music. Dr. Portnoy retired in 2009 after nearly 20 years as Music Director of the Augusta (Ga.) Symphony Orchestra and has been Music Director of the Pittsburgh Opera Theater and the Pittsburgh Civic Symphony. In past seasons he has served as Principal Guest Conductor with the Central Opera in Beijing and The Opera and Dance Symphony in Beijing. He is founder of the Conductors Institute of South Carolina which attracts participants from all over the world.
“Every season that Maestro Portnoy plans for us seems to be better than the last, and the upcoming 2012-2013 season is no exception,” said Joan Yarbrough, Philharmonic Executive Director. “This past season our ambitious programming included John Corigliano’s ‘Red Violin Concerto’ and the Stravinsky ‘Firebird Suite,’ and in presenting this major repertoire I feel we have reached a milestone in the life of our orchestra.”
Among the exceptional musicians in the Philharmonic are trumpeter Larry Black, a member of the Atlanta Symphony for 33 years, who has taught at Georgia State University, Agnes Scott College, Western Carolina University and Brevard College; bassist Wayne Kirby, a graduate of the Juilliard School, who formed a band with Blondie singer Deborah Harry before embarking on a career in performing, composing and arranging for New York theater and television; and clarinet player Fred Lemmons who was in “The President’s Own” band of the Marine Corps for 21 years and as operations chief oversaw musical logistics for the funeral of former President Ronald Reagan and the inaugurations of President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama.
The strides the Brevard Philharmonic has taken during the past few years have garnered attention.
“From the first notes of Morton Gould’s ‘American Salute,’ it was clear that having Maestro Donald Portnoy shape this orchestra has yielded great results,” stated a review in CVNC, a journal of the arts in North Carolina. “The precision of the entries, the tone of the brass section, the intonation of the strings – all these have changed to the confident features of a very good orchestra of which the community should be justifiably proud. What a delight it was to see the Brevard Philharmonic continue to grow and develop …”
The Brevard Philharmonic also has the distinction of performing in Scott Concert Hall of the Porter Center for the Performing Arts at Brevard College. The hall, perfectly-sized with 700 seats, superlative acoustics and unobstructed sightlines opened in 1998 and earned a reputation as one of the finest performance halls in the South.
“We invite all who enjoy Maestro Portnoy's innovative programming and selection of world-renowned guest artists to experience an uplifting afternoon of music with us at the Porter Center on the Brevard College campus, the premier concert venue in the area,” Ms. Yarbrough said.
Season subscriptions are now on sale. Order early to get the best seats.
A season subscription including all five concerts is $100.
Tickets may be purchased as follows:
Three and four concert packages are also available at a discount (call 828-884-4221 for more information). Individual tickets are $25 and will go on sale September 1.