The Asheville Symphony is pleased to announce its 2018-2019 season, which includes a seven-concert Masterworks Series.
 
Coming up next month is the  Masterworks 4: SAINT-SAËNS performance, featuring guest conductor, Ward Stare, cellist Daniel Kaler, and soprano singer Laura Striling from Asheville Symphony Chorus.
 
Vive la France! Masterworks 4 celebrates the work of four very distinct French composers. Offenbach’s Overture to Gaîté Parisienne, inspired by the amorous high spirits of the City of Lights, sets the scene.
 
Cellist Daniel Kaler, winner of the Payne Prize, dazzles with Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto. Then, the Asheville Symphony Chorus takes the stage to present Poulenc’s delightful Gloria, and the program closes with Berlioz's grandiose La Marseillaise
 
"This season is all about the new," says Asheville Symphony Executive Director David Whitehill. "Our new music director is poised and ready to take the orchestra to new heights, with concerts showcasing talented soloists making their Asheville Symphony debuts. Our programs feature works that will be new to our audience's ears — works by American greats Ellington and Gershwin and pieces by European masters like Mozart and Berlioz that have never before been performed by the Asheville Symphony."
 
Other highlights of the Masterworks season include an All-American program featuring the music of Bates, Ellington and Shostakovich's The Rite of Spring —a work that includes nearly 100 musicians on stage — and a performance of two Rachmaninoff concertos by famed pianist Garrick Ohlsson.
 
All Masterworks concerts take place in Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in downtown Asheville. 
 
Single tickets for Masterworks concerts are $24–69, depending on seating section (reduced youth pricing is available). Tickets can be purchased online at ashevillesymphony.org, by phone at 828-254-7046, in person at the Asheville Symphony office at 27 College Pl., Suite 100, or at the U.S. Cellular Center Box Office.

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