This summer, over a 10-week period spanning June to August, Brevard Music Center (BMC) will offer more than 80 performances.
The 2017 BMC Summer Music Festival provides audiences an array of symphony, opera, chamber, pops, jazz, country, bluegrass and folk performances, including symphonic masterpieces by Mozart, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky; bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs; a season-long festival within a festival featuring the music of Kurt Weill; and a family-friendly night at the movies with “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” accompanied by a live symphony.
BMC’s 2017 Summer Music Festival also celebrates the 10th anniversary of leadership under Artistic Director Keith Lockhart, a BMC alumnus and principal conductor of the Boston Pops and BBC concert orchestras.
“We warmly invite audiences to enjoy a summer festival filled with extraordinary musical performances and acclaimed guest artists in a beautiful, natural setting. Bring a bottle of wine and someone you love and enjoy,” said Brevard Music Center President & CEO Mark Weinstein.
This year’s festivities officially commence on opening night, Friday, June 23, with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 and a Sunday, June 25, matinee performance of Stravinsky’s “Petrushka” conducted by Lockhart. On Saturday, June 24, Brevard Music Center hosts a BMC Presents: Saturday Spectacular concert, featuring Lee Ann Womack. BMC’s dedication to presenting a full and varied season, including non-classical offerings, is once again revealed via its popular BMC Presents series. Mandolin virtuoso Ricky Skaggs returns to the Whittington-Pfohl stage with his classic country and bluegrass sound on Tuesday, June 27. Canadian singer-songwriter and one-third of the perennially popular all-female trio The Wailin’ Jennys, Ruth Moody, brings her band to the Porter Center stage on Tuesday, July 18.
This season, BMC salutes the music of celebrated German-born composer Kurt Weill. Known for his groundbreaking collaborations with playwright Bertolt Brecht, including “The Threepenny Opera” and the famous song “Mack The Knife,” Weill was equally at home in the concert halls and opera houses of Europe and the Broadway stage, following his immigration to the United States in 1935. Joseph Horowitz, one of the most prominent and widely published writers on topics in American music, will return to curate a season-long series of events: An Exploration of the Life and Music of Kurt Weill.
The festival will include a Kurt Weill Cabaret on Thursday, July 6; The Chamber Music of Kurt Weill on Monday, July 10; Kurt Weill on Broadway on Wednesday, July 12; two performances of the composer’s Tony award-winning American masterpiece from Broadway, “Street Scene,” on July 27 and 29; and free lectures, book readings and community concerts providing context around the influential composer’s music.
On Tuesday, July 4, BMC celebrates Independence Day with its annual Patriotic Pops concert, featuring the rousing “1812 Overture,” with live cannon. Only days later on Saturday, July 8, BMC casts its eyes toward the stars to present the movie “E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial,” with a live symphony performing John Williams’ classic score—marking the first union of movie and live music on the Whittington-Pfohl stage.
This summer, opera lovers have three fully-staged operas and two operatic concerts. In addition to Weill’s “Street Scene,” BMC’s Opera Company presents Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” on June 29 and July 1, and Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” on July 13 and 15. Opera’s Greatest Hits and The Best of Gilbert & Sullivan complete the season’s extensive opera schedule. All operas are staged in the Scott Concert Hall at the Porter Center (on the Brevard College campus) on Thursdays or Saturdays.
Chamber music enthusiasts will be equally delighted by a season filled with world-acclaimed musicians, including The Shanghai Quartet, Amernet String Quartet, Brevard native and Metropolitan Opera singer Sidney Outlaw, and International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), as well as a series of spotlight performances featuring many of BMC’s faculty.
Additional symphonic highlights include Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 on Sunday, July 1; Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” on Wednesday, July 26; and “Romeo and Juliet” on Sunday, July 30. Lockhart returns for the Leningrad Symphony on Friday, July 14, Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, featuring noted cellist Johannes Moser on Friday, July 28; and Scheherazade on Saturday, July 29. The season concludes with Verdi’s “Requiem” on Sunday, Aug. 6, led by Principal Guest Conductor JoAnn Falletta. The captivating season also includes a series of BMC Student Spotlights, a concert with Adam Holzman and the Texas Guitar Quartet, on Friday, June 9, and a special post-season concert by the Asian Youth Orchestra featuring violinist Sarah Chang on Friday, Aug. 11.
Tickets to Brevard Music Center’s Summer Festival range in price from $15 for lawn tickets to $57* for premium seating in Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium, BMC’s 1800-seat, open-air auditorium. Lawn seating is free for children under 17 (with a paying adult) and students 18 and older (with a valid ID). All guest artists, programs and dates are subject to change. (*excludes opening night, season finale and BMC Presents) For more information, go to www.brevardmusic.org.