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 festival inspired by Mozart’s life and music.
The 2017 festival involves more than a dozen community partners and is a community-wide event including casual and formal concerts with complementary theatrical productions, lectures, comedy, a masterclass, a chorus sing-along, an Austrian Wine flight night, and even a signature beer from Highland Brewing Company.
Midori’s time in Asheville is part of her Orchestra Residencies Program. Because of Midori’s dedication to the support and nurturing of young musicians, the festival will explore music as a culture of mentorship. During her residency, Midori will present a schedule of performances, education programs, collaborations with community partners, and social events.
“Without any doubt Midori has reached the highest echelon of the classical world, yet what makes her unique is her commitment and passion to sharing her love for great music with young people,” says Asheville Symphony Music Director Daniel Meyer. “Not content to simply fly into town and show off her technical wizardry on the violin, Midori has made it her life’s mission to connect great music with people eager to learn about what makes music so special among the arts. Her collaboration with the Asheville Symphony in this Asheville Amadeus festival will have her unmistakable stamp on it, largely because she has indeed taken the lead in what she would like to do and with whom she would like to collaborate.”
The festival culminates with the Asheville Amadeus finale concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 19 with Midori performing alongside the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and the Asheville Symphony Chorus under the direction of ASO Music Director Daniel Meyer at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.
“Asheville Amadeus has become special through this unique contact between top-flight artists like Emanuel Ax and Midori and our community,” says Meyer. “It is also special among music festivals in that we seek to connect with all of our artistic counterparts and provide experiences that complement and enhance what audiences will ultimately experience at the grand finale concert, where Midori will solo with the Asheville Symphony. There is really something for everyone in the Asheville Amadeus festival, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Thomas Wolfe Auditorium will be transformed for the Asheville Amadeus finale concert with a 30-foot stage extension that will thrust the Asheville Symphony into the midst of the audience, with as many as 124 seats available onstage.
Highland Brewing Company will host a free, family-friendly festival kickoff party at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 10, which will include the release of Wolfgang 1756, a commemorative Vienna-style lager brewed for the festival, and music by Matt Townsend, who is one of the artists featured on the Asheville Symphony Sessions album.
Asheville Amadeus officially opens on Saturday, March 11, with “brilliant” (Vanity Fair) musical comedy duo Igudesman & Joo performing their madcap romp And Now Mozart at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Diana Wortham Theatre. Likened to Victor Borge and the Marx Brothers, violinist Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Hyung-Ki Joo are an inventive comic duo whose mix of music, pop culture and zaniness has won them fans worldwide.
The 2017 festival also includes the release of the Asheville Symphony’s latest recording project with Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist Secret Agent 23 Skidoo. The album, Mozartistic, is a family-style hip-hop take on the story of a young Mozart’s tour through Europe where his legend took root. It features musicians of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, pianist Orion Weiss, and DJ Marley Carroll.
Mozartistic will be available in early March for streaming and digital download on 150 digital media outlets including iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, Pandora, and more. CD copies are available for sale via the Asheville Symphony website (ashevillesymphony.org) and will be available to purchase during the festival. Secret Agent 23 Skidoo will perform an album release show for Mozartistic at The Orange Peel on Sunday, March 19 at 2:30 p.m. (tickets available via theorangepeel.net).
Asheville Amadeus debuted in March 2015 with pianist Emanuel Ax. Over 20,000 people attended dozens of events in multiple venues during Asheville Amadeus 2015.
The Asheville Symphony Orchestra performs and promotes symphonic music for the benefit, enjoyment and education of the people of Western North Carolina. The ASO presents concerts in the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center. Related organizations include the Asheville Symphony Guild, Asheville Symphony Chorus, Asheville Symphonettes, and education initiatives such as the Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra, Music in the Schools, MusicWorks!, Spotlight on Young Musicians, Symphony Talks, and pre-concert lectures.
Asheville Amadeus 2017
Festival at a Glance
- Festival Kickoff: Beer Release & Open House featuring music by Matt Townsend and The Wonder of the World at Highland Brewing Company. Friday, March 10, 7 p.m. Free.
- Opening Night: Igudesman & Joo: And Now Mozart. A madcap romp showcasing musical mastery and comedic sensibility. Presented by Asheville Symphony at Diana Wortham Theatre. Saturday, March 11, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. Adult $35 / Student $30 / Child $20
- A Wedding with Wolfgang: a concert for the whole family to enjoy. Presented by Blue Ridge Orchestra at UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. Saturday, March 11, 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. General Admission $15 / Friends of the BRO $10 / Student $5
- Mozart & Miles: A Winning Combination, featuring NPR’s Miles Hoffman and lunch by Chef John Fleer. Presented by the Asheville Symphony Guild at Rhubarb. Monday, March 13, and Tuesday, March 14, 11 a.m. Luncheon Reservation: $50
- Walk with Wolfgang! A progressive chamber music concert throughout downtown Asheville. Presented by Pan Harmonia at the Drhumor Building. Monday, March 13, 6 p.m. Advance $22-27 / Day-of $27-$32 / Student $11
- Eine Kleine Kinder Musik: a series of free Kindermusik events at public libraries in Asheville with Kindermusik Maestro Yvette Odell. Dates and locations vary. Visit ashevilleamadeus.org for more.
- Mozart Requiem Sing-along, presented by the Asheville Symphony Chorus at First Presbyterian Church. Tuesday, March 14, 7:30 p.m. Admission $15
- The Other Mozart by Sylvia Milo, a dramatic retelling of the forgotten story of Mozart’s sister Nannerl—a prodigy in her own right. Presented by Diana Wortham Theatre. Wednesday, March 15, and Thursday, March 16, 8 p.m. Adult $35 / Student $30 / Child $20
- Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins, presented by NC Stage Company. March 15 – April 2. Tickets $17 – $40
- Austrian Wine Flight Night presented by Santé Wine Bar & Tap Room. Thursday, March 2, and Thursday, March 16, 7 p.m. $16 per person (excluding tax and gratuity)
- Jerusalem Quartet, presented by the Asheville Chamber Music Series at Diana Wortham Theatre. Friday, March 17, 8 p.m. General Admission $40 / Youth $5
- Mozart March Madness, a dual celebration of the Asheville Choral Society’s 40th season and the Asheville Amadeus festival. Presented by the Asheville Choral Society at Central United Methodist Church. Friday, March 17, 7:30 p.m. Adult advance $20 / Adult at door $25 / Youth $10
- Midori and the Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra with special guests from MusicWorks! Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. Saturday, March 18, 2 p.m. Adult $20 / Youth $10
- Secret Agent 23 Skidoo Album Release Show for Mozartistic at The Orange Peel. Sunday, March 19, 2:30 p.m. General Admission $10 / Ticket & CD $15 / Kids Under 3 Free
- Asheville Amadeus Finale Concert featuring violinist Midori with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and Asheville Symphony Chamber Chorus. Under the direction of Daniel Meyer. Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. Sunday, March 19, 3 p.m. Adult $28–$93 / Youth $15–$35
Asheville Amadeus events are individually ticketed. A full schedule of festival events and ticket purchase details are available at ashevilleamadeus.org.