VIDEO: Darko’s Top Five Reasons Not to Miss Masterworks 1

Check out Music Director Darko Butorac’s top five reasons not to miss our Masterworks 1 concert this Saturday, Sept. 15!

Asheville Symphony opens 2018-2019 season September 15 with new Music Director Darko Butorac

Program features Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The Asheville Symphony opens its 2018-2019 Masterworks Season on Saturday, September 15 under the baton of newly appointed Music Director Darko Butorac, with a concert including works by visionary composers Wagner, Liszt and Shostakovich. Internationally renowned pianist George Li makes his Asheville Symphony debut as […]

BPR News: Asheville Symphony Taps Serbian Native Darko Butorac as Next Music Director

From BPR News (NPR for Western North Carolina) on June 7, 2018 by Matt Peiken After a season devoted to auditioning six finalists, the Asheville Symphony Orchestra has tapped Darko Butorac as its next music director. Butorac succeeds Daniel Meyer, who departed the orchestra after the end of the most recent season, his 12th in […]

Asheville Citizen-Times: Asheville Symphony selects Darko Butorac as conductor, music director

From the Asheville Citizen-Times, June 8, 2018 ASHEVILLE — After an extensive 2½-year search, Darko Butorac has been chosen to lead the Asheville Symphony Orchestra as its new music director, the symphony announced Thursday. The Serbian-born Butorac was one of six candidates for the music director position and last led the ensemble in concert on Nov. 18. The candidates auditioned […]

Asheville Symphony Names Darko Butorac Next Music Director

Asheville, NC (June 7, 2018) – Asheville Symphony Board of Directors President Doris Phillips Loomis and Executive Director David Whitehill are pleased to announce that conductor Darko Butorac will become the organization’s next music director beginning with the 2018-2019 Masterworks Season, which opens in September. Butorac (pronounced BOO-toh-rutz) currently serves as the music director of […]

Coffee Talk with Jacomo Bairos

On Saturday night the Asheville Symphony Orchestra will welcome Jacomo Bairos, the final candidate contending to be the organization’s next music director. Bairos is the current music director of the Amarillo Symphony and co-founder — along with composer Sam Hyken — of the Nu Deco Ensemble, a chamber orchestra based in Miami dedicated to performing […]

Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra Spring Concert Showcases Old Favorites and Young Talent May 15

On Tuesday, May 15 the four orchestras of the Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra display their skills in a spring concert. The performance takes place in the Asheville High School Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. The program for the evening includes beloved favorites including Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Fauré’s Élégie for cello and orchestra, and Copland’s An […]

An Evening of Genre-bending with Conductor Jacomo Bairos and the Asheville Symphony May 12

Program features Bernstein, Hyken, and Brahms ASHEVILLE, N.C. —“I am thrilled to bring an eclectic program of my favorite genre-bending composers and works to Asheville,” says conductor Jacomo Bairos of his upcoming May 12 concert with the Asheville Symphony. Of the works on the evening’s program Sam Hyken’s 2017 work Four–The Vivaldi Project perhaps best […]

Coffee Talk with Jayce Ogren

by Adam Rosen Jayce Ogren, the fifth of sixth candidates vying to be the Asheville Symphony Orchestra’s next music director, will take the stage with the orchestra this Saturday night at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. The Brooklyn–based conductor and composer is currently the artistic director of Orchestra 2001 in Philadelphia, a Stanley Kubrick-inspired ensemble that performs […]

The Asheville Symphony and Conductor Jayce Ogren Explore Musical Expressions of Nationalism April 14

“The three vibrant and dramatic pieces on this program are tremendously contrasting on the surface,” says conductor Jayce Ogren of the program he will perform with the Asheville Symphony on April 14. “The sound worlds of John Adams, Manuel de Falla, and Jean Sibelius are rooted in different countries, time periods, and artistic influences, yet […]

Coffee Talk with Nicholas Hersh

by Adam Rosen On Saturday night, the fourth candidate vying to be the Asheville Symphony Orchestra’s next music director will take the stage. Nicholas Hersh is the associate conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the artistic director of the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras, where he works alongside legendary conductor and Baltimore Symphony Music Director […]

Conductor Nicholas Hersh and the Asheville Symphony Embark on a Musical Adventure from Beethoven to Classic Rock March 17

“I like to call this program ‘Romanticism: Redux,’” says conductor Nicholas Hersh of his upcoming March 17 concert with the Asheville Symphony. “We explore how the Romantic voice resonates in the 21st century.” And explore he will, with a program that spans more than 200 years and ranges from Beethoven and Freddie Mercury. The full […]

Coffee Talk with Garry Walker

by Adam Rosen On Saturday night, the Asheville Symphony Orchestra will perform under the direction of Garry Walker, the third of six candidates competing to be the ASO’s next music director. Walker is currently the Chefdirigent (music director) of the Rheinische Philharmonie in Koblenz, Germany, a city of 111,000 on the Rhine River. Raised in […]

Parking info for Feb. 10 concert

This weekend is a big one in Asheville! On Saturday evening at 8 p.m. our fourth Masterworks concert of the season will take place in Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.Saturday and Sunday (2/10-11) the sold-out Fed Cup tennis competition will take place at the U.S. Cellular Center’s ExploreAsheville.com Arena. Some traffic and parking impacts are expected due […]

Asheville Symphony Presents Internationally Renowned Pianist Alexandre Tharaud Performing Bach’s Goldberg Variations February 17

ASHEVILLE, N.C. —The Asheville Symphony is pleased to present one of France’s leading pianists, Alexandre Tharaud, in a recital of Bach’s mesmerizing Goldberg Variations, on Saturday, February 17. The recital will take place at 8 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church located at 27 Church St. in downtown Asheville. This iconic work comprises an aria […]

Conductor Garry Walker Leads the Asheville Symphony on a Musical Tour of Scotland February 10

Guest soloist Elena Urioste to perform Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1   ASHEVILLE, N.C. —Conductor Garry Walker wears his Scottish nationality with pride. “As a Scot, I am naturally aware and proud of the impact of the Scottish diaspora in America. Even Uncle Sam’s parents were Scottish, and Mickey Mouse was voiced for 40 years […]

A message to New Year’s Eve concert ticket holders from Executive Director David Whitehill

To ticket holders of our New Year’s Eve concert: I wish you all the best in 2018 and thank you for your support of the Asheville Symphony. The inclement weather yesterday evening caught us all by surprise. Because of the suddenness of the winter weather event and our logistical commitments, we chose to move forward […]

Asheville Symphony New Year’s Eve Celebration Features Orff’s Carmina Burana and Concludes Daniel Meyer’s Tenure

New Year’s Eve is perfectly suited to grand traditions, and the Asheville Symphony invites audiences to join the party as it continues its tradition of featuring a full program of great music and a festive after-party on New Year’s Eve. This year’s concert features Orff’s Carmina Burana, and celebrates the tenure of Music Director Daniel […]

Coffee Talk with Darko Butorac

by Adam Rosen Come Saturday night, the second of six candidates vying to be the Asheville Symphony Orchestra’s next music director will take the podium at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. Darko Butorac is currently music director of the Missoula and Tallahassee symphony orchestras. Born in Belgrade (in the former Yugoslavia) and raised in Seattle, Butorac […]

Conductor Darko Butorac Leads the Asheville Symphony in Music Spanning Three Centuries
November 18

Guest soloist Lisa Smirnova to perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23   ASHEVILLE, N.C. —Conductor Darko Butorac doesn’t shy away from contrast. “One of my passions is to create programs that bring together deeply contrasting works, which share an underlying thread,” he notes. Such is the case with his November 18 program with the Asheville […]