Tickets are on sale now for the 45th season of the Brevard Philharmonic. This year’s lineup promises to be one of the orchestra’s most musically diverse, with concert offerings from Mahler to Rodgers and Hammerstein. The audience will enjoy guest artists, an afternoon of chamber music in a different, intimate setting, and a first for the philharmonic- a salute to the wild west in May.

The season opener is Sunday, Sept. 25, at 3 p.m. at the Porter Center on the campus of Brevard College. It’s an afternoon with a Russian feel featuring cellist Julie Albers in a program of Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich.

Recording artist and principal cellist for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Julie Albers has swept up top prizes in competitions all over the world. In Brevard she will bring her artistry and performing style to the “Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1.” The Philharmonic will round out the all-Russian afternoon with two Tchaikovsky pieces: the Polonaise from Eugene Onegin and Symphony No. 2, also known as the “Little Russian.”

The Nov. 6 concert will shine the spotlight on acclaimed violinist Gabriel Lefkowitz, concertmaster of the Louisville Civic Orchestra, performing Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D Major. Critics have called this powerful yet lyrical piece, “...a truly symphonic musical manifesto.” The opening work of the afternoon will feature the Philharmonic playing Symphony No. 4 in B minor by Emilie Mayer, who is considered one of the finest female composers of her time.

For the Transylvania County community, December means the excitement of the holidays. This year the concert tradition falls on Dec. 18.

Audience members can expect back-to-back Christmas music, an audience sing-along of past and present seasonal songs, and plenty of on-stage surprises. The orchestra will be joined by the joyful voices of the Transylvania Choral Society.

The March 12 concert offers a change of venue. Music lovers can experience a more intimate setting and the up-close and personal experience of a chamber music concert at the Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church. Seating will be limited so order your tickets early.

Saturday Night POPS on April 1 is a tribute to the best of the American Musical Theatre represented by the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein. POPS is the only evening concert of the season, beginning at 7:30 p.m. What could be more memorable than a wall-to-wall evening of selections from such seminal shows as “The Sound of Music,” “Carousel” and “South Pacific,” to name just a few?

The season finale on May 21 will showcase music with a Western flavor. How the West was fun features the theme from “The Magnificent Seven” and Aaron Copeland’s “Billy the Kid” suite.

The afternoon will close with violinist Holly Mulcahy taking her solo turn in “The Rose of Sonora,” a violin concerto in five scenes by George S. Clinton.

The mission of the Brevard Philharmonic is to inspire, educate and enrich our audiences through exceptional, professional musical performances and community outreach. James Fellenbaum is the orchestra’s conductor and artistic director.

Masks are optional, but anyone who has underlying health conditions or is unvaccinated is encouraged to wear a mask.

Single tickets, reserved seating for Brevard Philharmonic performances are on sale now for $37. Call (828) 884-4221 or buy them online at brevardphilharmonic.com. Ask about the season ticket package.

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