The 2019 season of the Brevard Music Center (BMC) Summer Festival concludes with a breathtaking finale weekend— Aug. 2-4 —featuring three exuberant and impassioned masterworks including Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2, Stravinsky’s Firebird, and Mahler 2.
All three performances feature BMC’s resident orchestras and take place at the 1800-seat, open-air Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium (WPA), which also boasts lawn seating for 400, lakeside ambiance, casual concessions fare, and picnic-friendly grounds on the Music Center’s expansive campus. Ticket prices start at $20.
On Friday, Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m., BMC Artistic Director Keith Lockhart takes center stage with the Brevard Concert Orchestra in a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2. The evening’s program also features Maslanka’s Hymn for World Peace and Mackey’s Aurora Awakes, performed by the Brevard Symphonic Winds under the direction of Kraig Alan Williams.
On Saturday, Aug. 3 at 7:30 p.m., BMC Resident Conductor Ken Lam leads the Brevard Sinfonia in Stravinsky’s vibrant and rhythmic Firebird Suite, composed for Diaghilev’s famed Ballets Russes. Additional works include the composer’s Song of the Nightingale, as well as Liadov’s From The Apocalypse and the Brevard debut of violinist SooBeen Lee in Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D minor.
On Sunday, Aug. 4 at 3 p.m., BMC Artistic Director Keith Lockhart, the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, and hundreds of artists fill the WPA stage for the season finale performance of Mahler 2. Mezzo-soprano Susan Platts, soprano Ilana Davidson, and the Brevard Music Festival Chorus, under the direction of chorus master David Gresham, are also featured in Mahler’s impassioned and apocalyptic Resurrection Symphony.
For more information n, visit brevardmusic.org, call the BMC Box Office at 828-862-2105.