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“Beautiful Music” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Brevard Music Center

Brevard Music Center
Brevard Music Center 349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712, Brevard, NC 8712
(828) 862-2100
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Brevard Music Center is, at once, a place, a summer institute, and a festival. The Music Center is situated on a wooded 180-acre campus in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. Founded in 1936, the Music Center has matured into one of this country's premier summer training programs and festivals. More than 400 gifted students, ages 14 through post-college, come to the Music Center to study with members of a distinguished artist faculty and with renowned guest artists. For seven weeks, students participate in a vigorous program of instruction that includes ensembles, private lessons, and chamber music. Brevard's hallmark is the powerful sense of community that re-emerges every June, as faculty and students work together to present more than 80 concerts to the public. The total audience each summer numbers more than 30,000. For decades the Brevard Music Center has inspired devotion not only among its students and faculty but also among its listeners and among a vast corps of volunteers. That hundreds of persons have purchased homes in western North Carolina expressly to be near the Brevard Music Center gives some measure of the Center's significance to its community.
Charlotte
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“Beautiful Music”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

I agree with the previous reviews, and want to give a bit more info about the festival. First, there are theater performances, ranging from Opera to contemporary, in addition to classical music. These are in very small venues without any bells and whistles, just very good acting. The classical music ranges from piano recitals to full scale symphonies. There were three different orchestral groups this year --- one with high school students, another college students, the third with a mix of instructors and college students. It's amazing how good all three are, even the high schoolers. The students come from around the world to attend and learn from master musicians, it's just amazing.
You can buy tickets online. The two main campuses for events are on Brevard College campus and Brevard Music center. These are not the same thing. Event costs I have attended have ranged from free to $35 for a Saturday night symphony. The symphony hall is open on the sides in a wooded area (BMCcampus). You can buy a picnic lunch and watch from the lawn, although remember that it rains a lot in the mountains. There is paved parking (but wear comfortable shoes) and you may have to navigate stairs. There are enclosed bathrooms, a little snack bar (beer wine coffee soft drinks cookies gelato).
I definitely recommend checking it out.

Visited July 2013
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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“Fabulous concert”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

We heard Thibaudet play the Saint-Saens Concerto No. 5 with the Brevard Festival Orchestra. It was breathtakingly beautiful. Then they played the 3 Tone Poems of Respighi, which was a real treat to hear all 3 in the same concert. The orchestra played exceddingly well.

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Hillsborough, North Carolina
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“A sublime musical experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

The Brevard Music Center <www.brevardmusic.org/> is a summer music "camp" for talented young musicians from around the world. It is located on the edge of the pretty town of Brevard, NC, and runs from late June through early August, and includes all kinds of musical performances, from chamber music to grand opera (the latter usually in concert performances). I am still tingling from a concert two days ago, in which the Music Center Orchestra performed a challenging program featuring the Sibelius Symphony #1. The large orchestra, composed mostly of musicians in their teens (the concertmaster was a tiny young lady who looked to be no more than 15) and conducted by Ken Lam, was superb, handling this challenging music like real veterans.
Classical music fans visiting the Asheville, NC area should check this out!

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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“You Won't Believe Your Ears!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

We've know about the Center for several years and finally had the opportunity to attend a concert this past Friday. Keith Lockhart (yes, of the Boston Pops) was the conductor. We couldn't believe the fantastic experience. I urge you to check out their schedule (summer only) and to go to the website for the school to learn more about this wonderful facility to preserve musical history and to develop the young concert masters of the future!!!

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