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Brevard Philharmonic Tickets Available For 2017-18 Season - Brevard, NC


August 21, 2017

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Violinist Jennifer Frautschi will perform during the Brevard Philharmonic's April 8 performance, "Free Spirits."

The 41st Brevard Philharmonic season promises to be the most exciting yet. Designated Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. in the Porter Center at Brevard College, ticket holders will hear the high quality roster of superb, world class soloists for which the orchestra is known.

As an added bonus to the 2017/2018 season, they will also have the opportunity to experience the conducting of the Philharmonic's four dynamic conductor finalists as they direct the orchestra in programs they have chosen themselves. Each program has been designed to showcase the gifts of each candidate, while at the same time giving the audience a varied, delightful musical afternoon.

The Artistic Director Search Season opener on Oct. 15, "A Twist of Faith," presents the first conductor and the only woman candidate, Swiss born, Cornelia Laemmli Orth. From La Scala in Milan to the Zurich Opera House to her current position as music director/conductor of the Symphony of the Mountains, Kingsport, Tenn., Orth brings charm and vitality to every performance. She will conduct the Philharmonic in Beethoven's Leonore Overture No.3 and Mendelssohn's Symphony No.5, Reformation. The afternoon's guest soloist will be Ukraine born violinist, Aleksey Semenenko, whose Kennedy Center debut was hailed by the Washington Post as "Triumphant." Semenenko will play Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35.

Next up on Nov. 12, the Philharmonic welcomes candidate number two, Nick Palmer, currently artistic director/conductor of the North Charleston POPS! and artistic directorconductor of the Lafayette Symphony in Indiana. Palmer is known for high energy and his emotional connection with his audience. The program he has selected to highlight his skills is "World Celebration" and includes John William's arrangement of the "Star Spangled Banner," "Festive Overture" by Shostakovich, Schumann's Symphony #4, in d minor and Rossini's "Italian in Algiers Overture." Palmer will direct the orchestra and Korean born guest cello soloist, Sang-Eun Lee, whom the Washington Post calls, "prodigiously talented." Count on Lee to electrify the audience with Tchaikovsky's "Variation on a Rococo Theme."

This year's holiday concert on Dec. 3 is aptly called "Classic Christmas." The program will feature favorites trending toward the more traditional in nature. The guest artists will be the Transylvania Choral Society and the Brevard College Choral Ensemble. The conductor who will bring it all together is Brevard College's own David Gresham (Gresham is not a candidate) to lead the Philharmonic.

The March 4 concert is "A Noble Endeavor," with candidate Charles Jones Evans conducting. This is Evans' second turn at the Brevard Philharmonic podium with the memory of his brilliant February concert still fresh in ticket holders' minds. Evans is presently music director/conductor of the Long Bay Symphony, Myrtle Beach, S.C. Reviewers call his direction "exuberant" and "elegant," and his choice of program falls in perfectly with those adjectives. Walton's "Crown Imperial Coronation March," Strauss' "Emperor Waltzes," and Stravinsky's "Firebird Suite" all fit the nobility bill. Joined by the guest soloist, international performing and recording artist, pianist David Gross, the orchestra continues the royal theme with Beethoven's "Emperor Concerto." The Chicago Tribune raves about Gross' "formidable technique" and says of him, "He is the real thing."

"Free Spirits" on Sunday, April 8, will present the last concert of the season as well as the final artistic director/conductor candidate. James Fellenbaum is another musician who wowed the Brevard Philharmonic last year. He has just wrapped up his 10th year as resident conductor of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Fellenbaum's passion and vision for young talent are in evidence in his direction of the Knoxville Symphony Youth and his position as director of the orchestras at the University of Tennessee. Violinist, Jennifer Frautschi will join Fellenbaum as the afternoon's guest soloist playing Bruch's Violin Concerto. An international performer and recording artist, the Washington Post raved about her performance saying, Frautschi "...stole the show with a commanding, incisive and absolutely riveting performance."

The Brevard Philharmonic is a nonprofit organization comprised of local and regional musicians, presenting five concerts annually at Brevard College's Porter Center for the Performing Arts. Its mission is to foster in the community and in our schools an appreciation for classical music and the performing arts.

Individual tickets will go on sale Sept. 1 and will be available at $35 per concert. Season ticket packages are on sale now for three, four and all five concerts. Call (828) 884-4221 for details, or use our Pick Your Seat option at


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