During December, Brevard Music Center offers free community concerts in Brevard and Asheville

PRESS RELEASE:

To share music with the community beyond its summer festival season, Brevard Music Center (BMC), in partnership with Brevard College and the Osher Lifelong Learning Center (OLLI) in Asheville, is proud to announce its presentation of free community concerts this December.

On December 6, tenor Joseph Evans and pianist Douglas Weeks will perform at 3 PM at the Sundays with BMC concert in the Reuter Center on the campus of UNC Asheville. On Monday, December 7 at 12:30 PM, Evans and Weeks will perform at the First Mondays concert in Scott Concert Hall at The Porter Center on the Brevard College Campus. December’s program includes Vaughn Williams’s On Wenlock Edge, Bernstein’s Rabbit at Top Speed, Sondheim’s Finishing the Hat and Copland’s I Bought Me a Cat, among other works.

Joseph Evans has appeared as leading tenor at La Scala, Ireland’s Wexford Festival, the New Israeli Opera, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera de Nantes, Orleans, and Nancy, La Fenice in Venice, Austria’s Bregenzer Festspiele, the Grand Thêatre de Genève in Switzerland, and the New York City Opera. His concert appearances include performances with the New York Philharmonic, the Tokyo Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Atlanta, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, and Indianapolis Symphonies, the Orchestre L’Ile de France in Paris and the Radio-Symphonie Orchester of Berlin. Mr. Evans, Director of BMC’s High School Voice program, is Professor of Voice and Coordinator of the Voice Studies at the University of Houston Moores School of Music.

Steinway Artist Douglas Weeks is the Babcock Professor of Piano at Converse College and a member of the piano faculty at Brevard Music Center. He has performed extensively throughout the Southeastern United States as well as in England, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Panama, both as soloist and as pianist in the Converse Trio. He has also performed solo recitals and duo recitals with Furman University violinist Thomas Joiner in thirteen countries in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia under the auspices of the US State Department. In the spring of 1999, he taught for four months at the Conservatory of Music in Cairo as a Fulbright Senior Scholar, returning in the Fall of 2004 and 2009 to teach at the Conservatory and at Helwan University as a Fulbright Senior Specialist.

The popular recital series, which includes First Mondays and Sundays with BMC, is offered at no cost to the general public. First Mondays are held on the first Monday of each month from October through May (except January); Sundays with BMC are held on the Sunday preceding the first Monday of each month. Each Brevard concert also features a local charity highlighting the needs of the community.
December’s concerts are made possible through the support of First Citizens Bank, and will highlight Mountain Sun Community School as the featured local charity partner.

Upcoming 2015 | 2016 BMC Community Concert Performance Dates & Musicians Include:

• January 31 & February 1, 2016: David Jackson (trombone), Daniel Washington (baritone) & Amy I-Lin Cheng (piano)

• March 6 & 7, 2016: Ina Zdorovetchi (harp)

• April 3 & 4, 2016: Dilshad Posnock (flute) & Craig Nies (piano)

• May 1 & 2, 2016: Scott Rawls (viola) & Jihye Chang (piano)

For full guest artist biographies, as well as directions to Brevard College and the Reuter Center, please visit: https://www.brevardmusic.org/festival/freeconcerts/

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Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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