Try the University of North Carolina at Asheville for student performances. During the school year and over the summer as well there are regular concerts by jazz groups, bluegrass combos, and classical ensembles. The UNC Asheville theatre department usually puts on about four shows a year during the school year. Other options include lectures on everything from American Indian history to ancient philosophy. Check the website for events calendars.

    Asheville has its own symphony orchestra. The season generally runs from September through May, with major performances once a month, and special programs over the holidays. The orchestra mostly plays pieces by well-known classical composers like Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven.

     Incorporated in 1963, the Asheville Ballet Guild is one of the oldest not for profit arts organizations in western North Carolina. The troupe puts on about four shows a season, which runs from October through May, and includes such ballet favorites as Swan Lake and the Nutcracker. The guild also teaches a number of classes, and operates a ballet academy.

     Surprising for a town its size, Ashville is host to a Lyric Opera. The organization is western North Carolina's first and only professional opera company. The opera generally puts on a few operas per season, including an opening Gala that highlights sections of various different operas.