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About the Brevard Music Center Summer Institute and Festival
Imagine a place where music fills the air. Where Beethoven, Mozart, and Verdi are alive and well. Where the most talented students and extraordinary faculty coexist in practice rooms and onstage. Now imagine it all in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina.
Step out of your dream into the place where classical music spends the summer. Experience Brevard Music Center, at once a place, an institute, and a festival.
Situated on a lovely wooded 180-acre campus in western North Carolina, Brevard Music Center has matured into one of this country's premier summer training programs and festivals. Under the artistic direction of acclaimed conductor Keith Lockhart, Music Director of the Boston Pops and BBC Orchestra in London, more than 400 gifted students—ages 14 through post-college—come to the Music Center every summer to study with distinguished faculty and renowned guest artists. From the end of June to the beginning of August, students participate in a rigorous program of instruction and performance including orchestral ensembles, private lessons, chamber music, and opera.
Brevard's hallmark is the powerful sense of community that re-emerges every June as faculty and students work together to present over 80 concerts, encompassing multiple music genres, to more than 30,000 enthusiastic fans from across the country. Over the past 80 years, BMC has been privileged to welcome world-class soloists including Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Frederica Von Stade, and other talented virtuosi.
The summer festival also features the popular BMC Presents series, having brought non-classical artists as rich and diverse as Garrison Keillor, Steep Canyon Rangers, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Marvin Hamlisch, Peter, Paul and Mary, PDQ Bach, and Michael Feinstein to the Brevard stage.
For opera lovers, Brevard Music Center's Janiec Opera Company presents three fully-staged operas and one opera workshop each summer festival season. Past performances have included classic operas such as Rigoletto, Così fan tutte, Madama Butterfly, Don Giovanni, and La bohème, as well as more modern works like The Ballad of Baby Doe, Albert Herring, and Sweeney Todd. Our Opera In A Box workshop series gives audiences the chance to see composers and performers bring a new work in progress to life—such as the 2015 season's Falling Angel, produced in collaboration with the Center for Contemporary Opera—through special, lightly staged performances.
Almost half of the Summer Festival concerts are free and open to the public. Tickets start at $15.
Music-lovers are welcome to bring their own food and beverages for a pre-concert picnic on the lawn or purchase delectable treats on campus.
For decades the Brevard Music Center has inspired devotion not only among its students and faculty but also among its listeners and among a vast corps of volunteers. That hundreds of persons have purchased homes in western North Carolina expressly to be near the Brevard Music Center gives some measure of the Center's significance to its community.