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Be first in line to celebrate BMC's 80th Anniversary!

After eight great decades, one of the country's premier summer music festivals is ready to celebrate! Join us and enjoy access to an inspired season filled with symphony masterpieces, our first Dvořák in America Festival, a world premiere opera, chamber, jazz, pops, and so much more!

Experience the music and magic of Brevard Music Center this summer. On the lawn, under the stars, or in an intimate hall, this is the place to witness performances as captivating as the view! This is Brevard. Be inspired. Be here.

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BMC subscribers not only realize significant savings and benefits throughout the summer festival season, but also support our important mission to teach gifted young musicians to prepare and perform great musical works at a high artistic level. Don't delay! Learn more about the benefits of subscribing or select your tickets now. For additional information, contact our subscription line at (828) 862-2130 or email subscriptions@brevardmusic.org.

Opening Weekend: June 24-26, 2016

We begin our 80th anniversary season with three performances conducted exclusively by BMC Artistic Director Keith Lockhart. Maestro Lockhart will also unveil BMC's new acoustic shell at Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium (WPA), a visually stunning stage enhancement that will measurably improve both the sound and quality of any concert experience.

On Friday, June 24 at 6:00 PM, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet returns to the WPA stage with Maestro Lockhart in Gershwin’s energetic Piano Concerto in F. Hailed as "one of the best pianists in the world," Thibaudet will fill our scenic, open air hall with his poetic musicality and captivating style. Opening Night also includes Gershwin's An American in Paris and Variations on I’ve Got Rhythm, as well as Ravel's Bolero. On Saturday, June 25, Maestro Lockhart leads the Brevard Music Center Orchestra—and a special guest artist—for our BMC Presents 80th Anniversary Spectacular. On Sunday, June 26, the sensitive and evocative Shostakovich 5 takes center stage for a dramatic conclusion to our Opening Weekend.

Don’t miss this celebratory weekend of music! BMC donors of $50 or more and subscribers can buy tickets for both Opening Night and the 80th Anniversary Spectacular during a special "Early Bird" purchasing period beginning February 1, before these tickets are available to the general public on March 15. These popular events are not available for purchase in any subscription package. Please see our subscription page for more details.

80th Season Highlights

BMC’s 80th anniversary season features a number of firsts, including the introduction of our new Jazz Institute, a Dvořák in America Festival, and the operatic world-premiere of Falling Angel. Additional highlights include the return of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Pianist Conrad Tao and BMC Artistic Director Emeritus David Effron, Beethoven’s remarkable Symphony No. 9, Principal Conductor JoAnn Falletta with BMC Alumnus and Violinist Robert McDuffie, and so much more.

Our 80th Anniversary will also see the return of many BMC alumni—on stage and in the audience—who will reunite on our beautiful 180-acre campus to celebrate eight decades of musical achievement. Join us in welcoming back these distinguished BMC alumni: composer Mason Bates, conductors Bob Moody and Jayce Ogren, counter tenor David Daniels, and violist Roberto Diaz, among others.

Calling All BMC Alumni!

Are you a BMC Alumni? If so, we want to reconnect with you during our very special anniversary year and homecoming! Simply fill out our Alumni Contact Form and join the BMC Alumni Facebook Group to keep abreast of our 80th anniversary news, special events, and alumni invitations without delay.

Share this information with your BMC classmates and colleagues so they don't miss our memorable celebration in summer 2016!

As always, we encourage you to share your favorite BMC memories and photos by emailing: alumni@brevardmusic.org