Blue Ridge Orchestra Presents ‘Cantus Terrae’

Blue Ridge Orchestra

The Blue Ridge Orchestra will celebrate Earth Day in the idyllic setting of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Folk Art Center, with concerts featuring two of the greatest musical tributes to nature: Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring and Beethoven’s 6th Symphony.

Blue Ridge Orchestra (Asheville), conducted by Milton Crotts, will perform Cantus Terrae, an Earth day concert, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23 at the Folk Art Center.

Copland’s Appalachian Spring will begin the concert, evoking the essence of the earth’s annual awakening as life reappears from beneath winter’s crust. The ballet for which this stirring piece was written portrays a young couple’s courtship, followed by the joyful raising of their house by the whole community. This challenging work will be presented by the Blue Ridge Orchestra’s Chamber Symphony, which features the ensemble’s most accomplished players.

Following an intermission, the full Blue Ridge Orchestra will perform Beethoven’s masterful paean to nature, his Pastoral Symphony – Symphony No. 6. The five movements of the symphony describe the progression of a spring outing:

Mvt 1: “Awakening of cheerful feelings upon arrival in the countryside”

Mvt 2: “Scene by the brook”

Mvt 3: “Merry gathering of country folk”

Mvt 4: “A Thunderstorm”

Mvt 5: “Cheerful & thankful feelings after the storm”

Set amid hiking trails and nestled in WNC’s beautiful mountains, the Folk Art Center is an ideal location for an Earth Day concert. Guests are encouraged to come early to explore all that the museum and grounds have to offer, and stay for music that truly honors the Earth and the welcome arrival of spring.

Tickets cost $15 or $10 for Friends of BRO, or $5 for students. To purchase tickets, call 828-782-3354 or email

About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for seven years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.