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 […]

Review: Rei Hotoda and Sandeep Das Triumph in Asheville Symphony’s Journeys Concert

By Laura Pollie Johnson CVNC.org October 21, 2017 – Asheville, NC: Asheville Symphony‘s second Masterworks concert in Thomas Wolfe Auditorium transported the audience on a journey-themed adventure which included a festival (Dvořák’s “Carnival Overture,” Op. 92), then venturing to a crossroads where East meets West (Dinuk Wijeratne‘s Concerto for Tabla and Orchestra with soloist Sandeep […]

Coffee Talk with Rei Hotoda

by Adam Rosen This Saturday, October 21, the Asheville Symphony Orchestra will hand the baton to Rei Hotoda, one of six remaining candidates vying to be the ASO’s new music director. After an exhaustive search that received 437 applications, the ASO is giving each finalist a chance to conduct a full concert during the 2017–2018 […]

Conductor Rei Hotoda Presents Indian Drumming, Dvořák and Tchaikovsky in October 21 Asheville Symphony Audition Concert

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The first of the Asheville Symphony’s six finalists for its music director position, Rei Hotoda, takes audience members on a musical journey in her October 21 audition concert. Her program includes Dvořák’s Carnival Overture, Wijeratne’s Concerto for Tabla and Orchestra, featuring Grammy-winning tabla player Sandeep Das, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. The […]

MW1 Guest Soloist Change: Welcome Marc-André Hamelin

Due to illness, Yefim Bronfman will not perform in this Sunday’s Masterworks concert. We are pleased to announce that premier pianist Marc-André Hamelin will be joining us to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor.” Hamelin is known worldwide for his unrivaled blend of consummate musicianship and brilliant technique in the great works of the […]

Grammy-winning pianist Yefim Bronfman joins Asheville Symphony for Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto September 24

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The Asheville Symphony opens its 2017-2018 Masterworks Season with a performance by one of the most celebrated pianists of our time, Yefim Bronfman, who makes his Asheville Symphony debut in Beethoven’s beloved “Emperor” Concerto. The Sunday matinee concert takes place on September 24 at 4 p.m. in Thomas Wolfe Auditorium under the […]

Asheville Symphony Announces 2017-2018 Season

Six music director finalists audition in Masterworks concert performances ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The Asheville Symphony is pleased to announce its 2017-2018 season, which will include a seven-concert Masterworks Series featuring the six finalists for the symphony’s music director position; a piano recital of Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations; and Music Director Daniel Meyer’s final concert with the […]

View the Asheville Symphony 17-18 Season Brochure

The 2017-2018 Asheville Symphony Season brochure is now available. An interactive online version is available below, or you can download a PDF of the brochure via this link. To request a print copy, call our office at 828-254-7046.

Asheville Symphony Presents Mahler’s Spellbinding First Symphony May 13

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Experience sheer musical joy as the Asheville Symphony presents Gustav Mahler’s immense Symphony No. 1, “Titan,” on Saturday, May 13 at 8 p.m. in Thomas Wolfe Auditorium under the direction of ASO Music Director Daniel Meyer. The evening opens with Mozart’s gracefully ornate Violin Concerto No. 3 featuring guest violinist Yevgeny Kutik. […]

April 21 Symphony Talk to be held in Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

PLEASE NOTE: The Symphony Talk with Daniel Meyer and Chip Kaufmann of WCQS on Friday, April 21 will take place in Thomas Wolfe Auditorium at 3:00 p.m. (NOT at the Reuter Center).

Berkshire Choral International to perform Mozart in Asheville accompanied by the Asheville Symphony Orchestra

Contact: Lusha Martin lmartin@berkshirechoral.org 413.229.1310 Berkshire Choral International to perform Mozart in Asheville In its 36th season, Berkshire Choral International comes to Asheville for the first time, accompanied by the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. Sheffield, MA, April 13, 2017—Berkshire Choral International (BCI), a non-profit educational organization that provides amateur singers with professional-level choral immersion experiences, will […]

Asheville Symphony Features Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 at April 22 Concert

Experience an evening of beautiful works by Romantic-era composers, as the Asheville Symphony presents its April Masterworks concert, “The Passion of Chopin” Saturday, April 22 at 8 p.m. in Thomas Wolfe Auditorium under the director of ASO Music Director Daniel Meyer. Guest pianist Soyeon Kate Lee joins the symphony for Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2. […]

CANCELLED: March 15 Young People’s Concerts & Music Education Summit

Due to the cancellation of Buncombe County Schools for inclement weather, the Asheville Symphony’s Young People’s Concerts and Music Education Summit scheduled for Wednesday, March 15 have been cancelled. If you have any questions, please contact the Asheville Symphony office at 828-253-7046 or ASO Education Coordinator Cara Jenkins at 828-423-6899 (or cmjenkins@ashevillesymphony.org).

Asheville Amadeus Festival Returns March 10-19

Grammy Award-winning violinist Midori joins Asheville Symphony in March 19 finale concert ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The Asheville Symphony announces the return of the Asheville Amadeus festival, March 10-19, 2017. Internationally renowned Grammy Award-winning violinist Midori is the festival’s headlining soloist and artist-in-residence. The popular 2015 weeklong festival has been expanded in 2017 to a 10-day […]

Asheville Symphony Performs Beloved Works from Disney’s Fantasia February 11

Brilliant musical imagery takes center stage as the Asheville Symphony performs a program of beloved classical works featured in Disney’s Fantasia films with star solo pianist Inon Barnatan. The concert takes place Saturday, February 11 at 8 p.m. in Thomas Wolfe Auditorium under the direction of ASO Music Director Daniel Meyer. “Fantasia, Walt Disney’s exploration […]

2017 Asheville Amadeus Brochure Available Online

The Asheville Symphony is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2017 Asheville Amadeus festival, which will take place March 10-19, 2017. For more details or to purchase tickets online for individual events, click here. To download the festival brochure as a PDF, please click here.

Asheville Symphony Announces Finalists for Music Director Position

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra (ASO) announced on Monday the six finalists for its music director position. The finalists are Jacomo Bairos, Darko Butorac, Nicholas Hersh, Rei Hotoda, Jayce Ogren and Garry Walker (biographical information below). Each finalist will visit Asheville and will conduct a Masterworks concert in the 2017-18 season. Concert dates and programs will […]

Asheville Symphony Welcomes Guest Conductor Courtney Lewis for Powerful Schumann and Haydn Works January 14

Schumann’s sweeping Symphony No.3 also known as the “Rhenish,” and Haydn’s beloved Cello Concerto in C are the featured works on a program of Germanic delights as the Asheville Symphony presents its fourth Masterworks concert of the season. The concert takes place Saturday, January 14 at 8 p.m. in Thomas Wolfe Auditorium under the direction […]

Ring in a Joyous New Year with the Asheville Symphony’s Performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, December 31

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The Asheville Symphony presents what’s sure to be a hot ticket on New Year’s Eve—a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Each year orchestras around the world celebrate the New Year with performances of this towering musical work, which celebrates hope and brotherhood. This year Asheville will ring in the New Year […]