Brevard Music Center (BMC) welcomes Principal Guest Conductor JoAnn Falletta back to Brevard for two upcoming performances scheduled July 8 and 9.

Falletta is a multiple Grammy Award-winning conductor and in addition to her association with BMC serves as music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, music director laureate of the Virginia Symphony and artistic advisor of the Hawaii Symphony.

Recently named as one of the 50 great conductors of all time by Gramophone Magazine and among the top 10 conductors today by David Hurwitz of www.ClassicToday.com, Falletta is hailed for her work as a conductor, recording artist, audience builder and champion of American composers.

As the first woman to lead a major American ensemble, Falletta has guest conducted more than 100 orchestras in North America and many of the most prominent orchestras in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa.

On July 8, Falletta conducts “Rhapsody in Blue “featuring pianist and cultural visionary Lara Downes who will perform Gershwin’s beloved and well-known composition “Rhapsody in Blue” and “A Lovesome Thing: Billy Strayhorn Suite” arranged by Grammy nominated composer Chris Walden.

The Billy Strayhorn Suite is a new work arranged for solo piano and orchestra with the special permission of the Strayhorn estate and in collaboration with the Boston Pops, Lara Downes and Brevard Music Center.

This new arrangement of Strayhorn’s music celebrates his decades-long collaboration with his mentor and colleague Duke Ellington.

Saturday night, July 9, compelling young cellist Gabriel Martins will perform Heitor Villa-Lobos’s “Cello Concerto No. 2” at the concert titled “Falla’s Three-Cornered Hat.”

With the passionate sounds of folk melodies and dance rhythms from Mexico, Spain and Brazil, this program also includes “Sinfonia India” by Carlos Chavez, Maurice Ravel’s “Rapsodie Espagnole” and Manuel De Falla’s “Three-Cornered Hat.”

Jacquelyn and Bruce Rogow are the 2022 summer festival season sponsors and the Jerome family is the Rhapsody in Blue lead sponsor.

Lawn seats priced from $24. For tickets, call (828) 862-2105 or visit www.brevardmusic.org/tickets.

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