Brevard Music Center Announces New Season – Brevard, NC


Last updated 1/29/2020 at 3:56pm

Garrick Ohlsson will perform June 23 at the new Parker Concert Hall on the Brevard Music Center campus. (Courtesy photos)

For more than 10 weeks this summer, from May until August, Brevard Music Center (BMC) will bring 40,000 music lovers to its campus.

Audiences of all ages will have a chance to see an array of concerts and events, including Beethoven and a 250th birthday celebration, and to experience the inaugural season of BMC's new Parker Concert Hall.

The season also includes 500 young musicians on campus alongside a roster of guest artists and faculty. Jacquelyn and Bruce Rogow are the season sponsors of BMC's 2020 Summer Festival Season.

BMC Artistic Director and alumnus Keith Lockhart, principal conductor of the Boston Pops and chief guest conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra, will oversee a festival program of 100 performances and events-many free to the public-in a wide variety of styles and genres.

The 2020 season highlights include symphony, chamber, and opera masterpieces by Beethoven, Mahler, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák and Strauss, among many others.

World-renowned classical virtuosi – Garrick Ohlsson, Gil Shaham, The Shanghai Quartet and Ray Chen – will be featured among a BMC Presents line-up of non-classical artists including Judy Collins, Béla Fleck and Bryan Sutton.

BMC will take part in the worldwide celebration of Beethoven@250, honoring the composer, with a season-long "Festival Within A Festival" and exploration of his masterworks. Families will also have a chance to experience special performances, such as the Fourth of July Patriotic Pops, and encourage a new generation of classical music fans with Disney in Concert: "The Lion King" (Live Action) on the big screen with live orchestra.

"For decades, Brevard Music Center has been recognized as one of the premier summer training programs and music festivals in the United States," said Brevard Music Center President & CEO Mark Weinstein. "This summer, our enormously talented students will continue to exceed all expectations, resulting in marvelous audience experiences for both new and veteran visitors. With world-class faculty, thrilling guest artists and ticket prices starting at $20, it's a remarkable opportunity to enjoy great music lakeside, under the stars, in our open-air auditorium or in our incredible new Parker Concert Hall for what promises to be a truly unforgettable season."

Pre-Season May 30-June 18

The 2020 Season gets going early this year with acoustic guitarist Bryan Sutton, who will host the inaugural Blue Ridge Guitar Camp at BMC, May 27 - 30, culminating with a North Carolina Guitar Celebration concert on May 30 (produced in collaboration with Mountain Song Productions).

Pre-Season continues on June 11, with an Evening of Classical Guitar, a tribute to the First Lady of Jazz, with Jane Monheit Sings Ella on June 12, and the sounds of Jazz@Brevard on June 18.

Opening Weekend June 26-June 30

On Friday, June 26, Lockhart officially launches the Beethoven@250 Festival when he takes center stage at Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium (WPA) for a All-Beethoven Celebration, featuring the Symphony No. 7 and the return of pianist Garrick Ohlsson for the 4th Piano Concerto.

Saturdays at BMC include June 27 and an all-star opener to the 2020 BMC Presents series of non-classical music.

The date will include a soon-to-be-announced guest artist.

Resident conductor Ken Lam will lead Tchaikovsky's Piano Concert No. 1, featuring pianist Anna Tsybuleva on Sunday, June 28. To cap off the first weekend, the BMC Orchestra will join Collins for a new symphonic arrangement of her 1967 record "Wildflowers."

Beethoven @ 250

In 2020, BMC will be part of a global celebration of Ludwig van Beethoven's 250th birthday, with a season-long exploration of masterworks created or influenced by the composer.

Audiences will experience a "Festival Within A Festival," as BMC pays tribute to Beethoven's legacy with symphony, chamber, piano and opera, with Season Finale: Fidelio in Concert on Aug. 9. The opera will feature conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing and hundreds of artists on the WPA stage.

Parker Concert Hall

This summer, BMC audiences will be the first to attend special classical and contemporary piano and chamber concerts at the new Parker Concert Hall.

The lakeside venue, named for lead sponsors Drs. Tom and Joanne Parker, officially opens its doors, with a grand opening VIP gala featuring pianist Garrick Ohlsson on June 23.

Throughout the season, Parker Concert Hall will feature performances by BMC faculty and special guests, including Johannes Moser and The Shanghai Quartet, as they conclude their Beethoven Cycle.

On July 28, Steep Canyon Rangers' Woody Platt and singer-songwriter Shannon Whitworth will appear together in a BMC Presents concert (produced in collaboration with Mountain Song Productions).

The $6 million, 400-seat Parker Concert Hall represents the first-ever year-round venue on the Music Center campus. Beginning in fall 2020, patrons can look forward to a special series of BMC concerts throughout the year.

A unique multi-purpose venue, designed by Brevard's Platt Architecture, P.A., the Parker Concert Hall will also be available for retreats, weddings and other special events outside of the summer music festival season.

Something For Everyone

Symphonic fans will find much during the season, including Beethoven Symphonies 3, 5 and 7; Strauss's "Ein Heldenleben," Dvořák's "New World Symphony;" Tchaikovsky's "Suite from Sleeping Beauty;" Mahler Symphony No. 7 and more.

Two audience favorites return to BMC's Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium in 2020: the Fourth of July concert with live cannon, Pendergrast Patriotic Pops, and a night at the movies featuring Walt Disney Studios' 2019 live action remake of "The Lion King," with live symphony performing Hans Zimmer's stunning score.

Throughout much of its 84-year history, opera has been an integral part of BMC programming.

This summer, opera lovers will enjoy a dazzling selection of three fully staged operas - Bizet's "Carmen;" Mozart's "Abduction from the Seraglio;" and Leigh-Wasserman's "Man of La Mancha," plus a recital of Opera's Greatest Hits and an Evening of Cole Porter. All operas are staged in the Scott Concert Hall at Brevard College's Porter Center and complemented by English subtitles above the stage.

Additional non-classical guest artists (to be announced in the coming weeks) will take the stage at the Music Center throughout the season as part of the BMC Presents series.

This year, BMC welcomes back Béla Fleck, who headlines his third Blue Ridge Banjo Camp Concert on Aug. 17 (produced in collaboration with Mountain Song Productions).

For a complete 2020 summer music festival schedule, including dates, times and locations of all performances and events, visit

Subscription, Ticket Information

Tickets to most Brevard Music Center Summer Festival performances start at $20.

Lawn seating at Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium, BMC's 1800-seat, open-air auditorium, is free for children under 17* (with a paying adult) and students 18 and older* (with a valid ID).

All guest artists, programs, pricing and dates are subject to change.

(*Excludes opening night, season finale and BMC Presents.)

BMC donors can enjoy early bird ticket purchase benefits beginning Feb. 3, with season tickets becoming available for renewal and purchase on Feb. 25.

Single tickets will be available online to the general public beginning April 1.

In early May, the BMC Box Office opens and remains open throughout the 2020 summer season.

For more information about BMC's Summer Music Festival and to purchase tickets for the 2020 season, visit, contact BMC's subscription line at (828) 862-2130, or email

Bryan Sutton is among the nonclassical artists who will perform this year at the music center. He will also host the inaugural Blue Ridge Guitar Camp.


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