New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2017  •  7:30 pm

@ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

Daniel Meyer, conductor
Isabelle Durrenberger, violin

Saint-Saëns “Bacchanale” from Samson et Dalila
Wieniawski Violin Concerto No. 2
Orff Carmina Burana

New Year’s Eve is perfectly suited to grand traditions, and we invite you to join us as the ASO continues its tradition of featuring a full program of great music on New Year’s Eve. We also celebrate the tenure of Music Director Daniel Meyer as he leads his final concert as artistic leader of your Asheville Symphony.

The evening opens with the opulent “Bacchanale” from Saint-Saëns’ opera Samson et Dalila. We then continue another tradition of featuring up-and-coming soloists from the Cleveland Institute of Music with Isabelle Durrenberger, as she performs the rhapsodic and romantic Violin Concerto No. 2 by Wieniawski. We cap the evening with one of the most astonishing celebrations in all of music: Carmina Burana by Carl Orff. With a cast of three solo vocalists, the full Asheville Symphony Chorus, and the complete forces of the ASO, this work is filled with the joys of life, love, and lust in a rich, colorful score. It will prove a fitting capstone to Maestro Meyer’s incredible achievements together with the musicians of the ASO, and will encapsulate his deep commitment to enhancing the musical life of Asheville.

Ring in the New Year with Music Director Daniel Meyer and the Asheville Symphony!

Dress to celebrate a most colorful farewell and join us in the U.S. Cellular Center banquet hall following the performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.

The after-party will feature a 1940s jazz band, dancing, and a midnight toast.

Tickets for the after-party are $125 per person and include party favors, heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and champagne. Call 828.254.7046 to make a reservation by December 21.

New Year’s Eve Concert Guest Soloists


Isabelle Durrenberger
18-year-old Durrenberger is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree with Jaime Laredo at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She has performed with various orchestras including the Cleveland Philharmonic.




Elizabeth Caballero
Ms. Caballero’s performance has been described as “animated, communicative and believable… a big, facile, focused sound, making the vocal demands seem easy.”



Daniel Curran
Curran is known for his intensity and intelligence on opera, theatre, and concert stages. Of a recent performance, The New York Times praised his voice as “precise and penetrating”



Corey McKern
McKern earns critical acclaim in every appearance he makes. His consistency and professionalism have made him a favorite of several prestigious companies.

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