Brevard Music Center (BMC) and Blue Ridge Public Radio (BPR) announce the live broadcast of Opening Night! on Friday, June 24, 2022. The performance opens the Brevard Music Center’s core symphony lineup for the 2022 summer festival season, and through this exciting new partnership with BPR, audiences in western North Carolina can hear it on BPR News, BPR Classic and online. at bpr.org.
This will be the first live broadcast from the BMC campus in over a decade and the very first opening night! broadcast. Led by BMC Resident Conductor Ken Lam, Opening Night! features Mussorgsky’s centerpiece Pictures at an Exhibition, Respighi’s symphonic poem Fountains of Rome and vibrant pianist Conrad Tao. Recognized by the New York Times as an artist “who probes the intellect and the open vision”, Brevard’s favorite, Tao, returns to the stage at the BMC to perform Rachmaninoff’s astonishing Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini. Opening night! takes place on Friday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Whittington-Pfohl
Auditorium on the campus of the Brevard Music Center. The live broadcast program on BPR begins at 7:00 p.m. on June 24 with insider interviews and information. Tickets are $24 and can be purchased by calling 828-862-2105 or online at brevardmusic.org/tickets. The 2022 Summer Festival Season is sponsored by Jacquelyn and Bruce Rogow; Opening night! is sponsored by Christina and Rich Jacobs.
Blue Ridge Public Radio has long believed that the performing arts in western North Carolina are integral to our region’s uniqueness. That’s why it’s so important to me, as I begin my tenure as the next Managing Director and CEO of BPR, to partner with the Brevard Music Center to bring world-class programming from our own backyard to everyone in our listening area. A bright future for the BPR and BMC collaborations!
-Jeffrey Pope, Managing Director and CEO, Blue Ridge Public Radio
BMC Artistic Director and alumnus Keith Lockhart– Principal bandleader of the Boston Pops for more than 25 years – provides artistic direction for the ten-week summer music festival with more than eighty shows and events spanning a multitude of musical genres and tastes. Brevard Music Center is proud to present the first programs in the Legendary Artist Series featuring superstar violinist Joshua Bell. Other highlights of the season include masterpieces such as Stravinsky’s Firebird, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Bizet’s opera Carmen, Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, The Archduke’s Trio by Beethoven, the traditional Patriotic 4th of July Pops, plus contemporary favorites like Star Wars: A New Hope (movie + live band), Steep Canyon Rangers and ABBA The Concert. The 2022 Summer Festival includes a full slate of symphony concerts, fully staged opera productions, chamber music programs at BMC’s new state-of-the-art facility, Parker Concert Hall, as well as BMC Presents concerts with celebrity performances and the sounds of American jazz, banjo with Béla Fleck and bluegrass guitar performances, with the American Voices Festival within a woven festival throughout.
Subscriptions to the 2022 Summer Festival are still available, contact the BMC box office at 828-862-2105 or [email protected]. For a complete 2022 Summer Festival schedule, including dates, times and locations for all shows and events, please visit brevardmusic.org/tickets.