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Brevard Summer Music Festival

Brevard Summer Music Festival | Brevard, NC

Brevard NC - Music

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The Brevard Summer Music Festival has (literally) convinced scores of families to retire to this charming area in the Appalachian Mountains. If you’ve never made the trek to Brevard for one or more of these stellar performances, put it on your to-do list. Here’s the scoop.

Brevard Music Center hosts about 400 high school and college students as well as 65 artists from 48 states and 12 foreign countries. During the summer, there are generally more than 80 public performances, including orchestra, opera, and chamber music concerts, plus recitals.

Guest performers support the program with their talents as well. In 2011, Yo-Yo Ma will play for the season finale, held August 7. Works performed range from Classical (think Brahms, Rachmaninoff and Beethoven) to Pops. In fact, Maestro Keith Lockhart, conductor of the Boston Pops, is artistic director. He is an alumnus of the program and credits it with helping him decide to become a professional musician.

Opera lovers will enjoy performances of La Traviata, The Threepenny Opera and Hansel and Gretel, among others.

If you miss the 2011 season, there’s always next year. This program is well-respected nationwide and for many, makes this small mountain town a big-city equivalent when it comes to entertainment.

WOW factor: The sheer volume of talent. Plus the mountain scenery and fabulous restaurants. Even if the classics aren’t first on your music preference list, you will enjoy these concerts. And, you’ll fall in love with Brevard.

Planning to spend the night? Consider Red House Inn. It’s centrally located, extremely hospitable, and provides a fabulous English breakfast. Want to learn more about Brevard and what you can do before taking in a concert?

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