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“The Best in Music Right Here in Brevard, North Carolina”

Brevard Music Center
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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.
Brevard, North Carolina
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“The Best in Music Right Here in Brevard, North Carolina”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2013

Outstanding students, faculty, guest artists and conductors, comedians, etc., many of international reputation or who have won international competitions, perform classical, new age, and pop music, etc., here for seven weeks in the summer. This year Garrison Keillor (Prairie Home Companion), Joshua Bell, Conrad Tao, and Ji Yong, among others, performed at BMC. One of the best concerts this summer was that of the Brevard Concert Orchestra (all exceptionally talented high school students) which performed Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony under the baton of Keith Lockhart, Artistic Director of the BMC. Don't miss an opportunity to attend as many of these concerts as possible.

Visited July 2013
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Brevard, North Carolina
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“Excellent experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013

Every year the Brevard Music Center brings in the most talented young musicians. The facility offers a wonderful setting in the mountains to enjoy fabulous music.

Visited July 2013
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Brevard, North Carolina
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“World class music”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

The quality of music performed primarily by high school and college students is just amazing. I have been there many times and am always in awe. If you're in town when the Brevard Philharmonic or Community Band are playing, don't miss them either. They are both exceptional. Don't be misled by the small size of Brevard. The music at both the Brevard Music Center and Brevard College is superb. There is frequently a lot of free music, so be sure to check the local paper, The Transylvania Times, for the schedule of activities.

Visited July 2013
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Brevard, North Carolina
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“A Real Treat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

Every year they have a 6-week summer music festival and attract some big names - Joshua Bell, Yo Yo Ma, Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers, Garrison Keillor - too many to name. The setting is rolling hills and lots of green! This is mainly a training facility for top-notch students from all of the world and so the property is camp-like with sophisticated facilities. I love it there. This year so far, I've seen 3 performances there and am always inspired!

Visited July 2013
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Brevard, North Carolina
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“Music in the Mountains”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

Students from all over the world compete to spend the summer season here, and their excellence shows in every aspect of this wonderful place. We've attended many concerts here, everything from student performances to concerts by world famous headliners. When the camp is closed, concerts continue. Anything here is worth attending, from the classics to bluegrass to opera. During camp, there are sometimes illuminating free lectures by a faculty member before a concert. Food is also available, with picnic tables on the grounds. Open-air but covered seating with excellent acoustics and plenty of parking.

Visited August 2012
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