Asheville Bravo Concerts caps season with Porgy & Bess

The famed production comes to the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium on Saturday. From Asheville Bravo Concerts:

Porgy & Bess, George and Ira Gershwin’s powerful story set in a community of Gullah people outside Charleston, is considered by many to be America’s greatest achievement in musical theatre, and this year the show is celebrating its 75th Anniversary with an extraordinarily acclaimed touring production that will visit Asheville on Saturday, March 20.

The show, adapted from a novel by Dubose Heyward, melds classical music, popular song, jazz, blues and spirituals into a quintessentially American masterpiece that tells the poignant story of a crippled beggar, the headstrong woman he loves, and the community that both sustains and comes between them. Set in South Carolina in 1912 the show originated such classic arias as ‘I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin,’’ ‘It Ain’t Necessarily So’ and ‘Summertime.’

Now, the Dicapo Opera Theatre, a one of the most storied opera companies in New York, has mounted one of the most acclaimed touring productions of the show in decades.This brilliant, updated production features a cast of over 30 and a live orchestra whose stunning renditions of Gershwin’s classic are sure to enthrall and amaze.The production will be the final show of the season for Asheville Bravo Concerts, a well-known local presenter of touring arts shows. ‘We’re very pleased to finish the season with such a fantastic show,’ Tracey Johnston-Crum, Bravo’s Executive Director, said of the event, ‘We’ve been producing shows in this community since the 1930’s and this season finale is a fine example of the cultural performances that Asheville deserves.’

Tickets are $20-55 and can be purchased by calling the Asheville Bravo Concerts office at 225-5887, visiting, or in person at the Civic Center Box Office. For more information please visit”

Want a pair of tickets? If you’re registered on our Web site OR you’re our friend on Facebook OR you follow us on Twitter (or you go ahead and do one of those things now), you’re eligible. Just e-mail the name of the Tryon-born singer who famously recorded some of the Porgy & Bess classics (including “I Loves You, Porgy,” and “My Man’s Gone Now”) to Be sure and let us know how you’re following Xpress!

We’ll be giving away one pair of tickets today (here); one pair tomorrow and on pair Friday. Stay tuned….


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4 thoughts on “Asheville Bravo Concerts caps season with Porgy & Bess

  1. Rebecca Sulock

    Yes! Wednesday and Thursday’s pair of tickets have been awarded. We have one more set to giveaway tomorrow. We will keep you posted.

  2. Batensmack

    Do we have to enter again on Friday, or does the one entry enter us for all three days?

  3. Rebecca Sulock

    Congratulations to Lauren Alleman, Brad Burleson and Joshua Batenhorst!

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