BMC to host Free Concerts in May

Craig Nies, pianist and BMC faculty member.

Brevard Music Center (BMC) announces its May program of chamber concerts as part of BMC’s Free Community Concert Series. This will be the final concert before BMC’s 2018 summer music festival commences in June; the free series of chamber concerts will resume in fall 2018.

“Brevard Music Center’s Community Concert Series continues to draw thousands of music lovers each season to Brevard and Hendersonville,” said BMC President & CEO Mark Weinstein. “This show of community support is deeply gratifying and reinforces our continued commitment to presenting live music, yyear-round to audiences of all ages and means. Additional thanks to Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra for their enduring and valued partnership this season!”

On Monday, May 7 at 12:30 p.m., the distinguished pianist and BMC faculty member, Craig Nies, will perform in Scott Concert Hall at the Porter Center on the Brevard College campus. The afternoon’s concert will feature Frédéric Chopin’s Nocturne in E major, Op. 62, No. 2 and Nocturne in B major,
Op. 9, No. 3; Debussy’s “Bruyères” and “Ondine” from Preludes Book 2; and Robert Schumann’s Humoresque, Op. 20.

On Tuesday, May 8 at 12:30 PM, Craig Nies will travel to the First United Methodist Church in Hendersonville for Chamber Music Tuesdays.

Craig Nies has been on the piano faculty at the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University, since 1991, serving as co-chair of the piano department for 14 years. Prior to that, he was an adjunct Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Music for 6 years. His performances have ranged from his work with 10 Pulitzer Prize-winning composers to his current solo recital series of Bach’s complete Well-Tempered Clavier.

He has performed with members of the Mendelssohn, Franciscan, Alexander, Audubon, and Blair String Quartets, and members of the New York Woodwind Quintet. New York performances include Tully Hall (solo debut), Merkin, Kaufmann, and Town Hall. Several premiere performances include three in New York City, and nine works by Blair composer Michael Rose, including his piano concerto in Prague and Olomouc, Czech Republic. Along with radio and television appearances in the U.S., Dr. Nies has appeared on television and radio in England, Russia, and Germany.

Craig Nies has worked with such noted conductors as David Effron, Michael Tilson Thomas, Kenneth Schermerhorn, Otto-Werner Mueller, Arthur Weisberg, and Robin Fountain, performing concerti ranging from Messiaen’s Oiseaux Exotiques and de Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain to the Brahms 2nd and Rachmaninoff 3rd.

For more information and directions to all Community Concert Series locations, please visit brevardmusic.org or call 828-862-2105. All Community Concert Series performances are FREE.

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.