Single tickets are on sale now for concerts in the 2016-2017 Asheville Symphony season. Full of not-to-miss performances, see this season’s lineup below. Ticket packages and season subscriptions are also available.
2016-2017 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
- Seven-concert Masterworks Series featuring Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2
- All-new New Year’s Eve celebration with a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
- The return of the highly popular Asheville Amadeus festival in March 2017 with famed violinist Midori as headliner and artist-in-residence.
Buy tickets to 2 or more 2016-2017 Masterworks concerts by September 30 and receive a complimentary copy of The Asheville Symphony Sessions CD!
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- By phone: 828.254.7046 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and concert Saturdays.)
- In person: 87 Haywood St. Asheville, NC 28801
Masterworks 1: Tchasing Tchaikovsky
Saturday, September 17, 2016, 8 p.m.
The season opens with an all-Tchaikovsky celebration including the composer’s Suite from Sleeping Beauty, Francesca da Rimini, and Violin Concerto. Guest soloist Jennifer Koh (violin), named 2016 Instrumentalist of the Year by Musical America, joins the symphony for the concerto.
Masterworks 2: In the Key of EEEEEEE!
Saturday, October 22, 2016, 8 p.m.
A frightfully delightful October concert opens with two works perfect for the Halloween season: Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre or “Dance of Death;” and Schmitt’s La Tragédie de Salomé, which recounts the biblical story of Salome’s insistence on the beheading of John the Baptist. The program closes with ASO’s own concertmaster Jason Posnock and cellist Alistair MacRae taking on Brahms’ Concerto for Violin and Cello.
Masterworks 3: Rhapsody in Blue
Saturday, November 19, 2016, 8 p.m.
Masterworks 3 presents a sample of some of America’s finest composers highlighted by Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue, featuring solo pianist Conrad Tao. Selections from Copland include the distinctly American sound of Our Town, and the Old West drama of Billy the Kid. The program also includes Diamond’s decidedly American take on European musical forms in his Symphony No. 4.
Masterworks 4: Eine Kleine Rhine Musik
Brahms – Haydn – Schumann
Saturday, January 14, 2017, 8 p.m.
In January, take a musical float down the Rhine River as we explore some of Maestro Meyer’s favorite Germanic composers. The program opens with Brahms’ Haydn Variations, an intense emotional experience, followed by Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C featuring guest cello soloist Cicely Parnas. The program closes with Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 ‘Rhenish,’ which sweeps you along the famed German waterway in an evocative musical journey.
Masterworks 5: Music from Fantasia
Saturday, February 11, 2017, 8 p.m.
Walt Disney’s Fantasia—and its sequel in 2000—offers an unforgettable marriage of classical music and ingenious illustrations. Our February concert program includes selections from both Fantasia films with a focus on composers who paint pictures with their evocative scores. Highlights include Stravinsky’s The Firebird, and the wry Piano Concerto No. 2 from Shostakovich, which features guest pianist Inon Barnatan, the New York Philharmonic’s first Artist-in-Association.
Masterworks 6: The Passion of Chopin
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 8 p.m.
All three composers on the April program had a firm grasp on the art of choosing the perfect instruments for the right musical moments. Solo piano combines perfectly with the orchestra in Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, featuring guest solo pianist Soyeon Kate Lee. Debussy’s Petite Suite and Franck’s Symphony in D minor take advantage of the full palette of the orchestra to beautiful effect.
Masterworks 7: Mahler’s “Titan”
Saturday, May 13, 2017, 8 p.m.
All of the things that make Gustav Mahler such a singular composer—his ear for color, his ability to shift from one emotional extreme to another—are on display in his Symphony No. 1, ‘Titan.’ This monumental work serves as the finale for the ASO Masterworks season. The evening opens with Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto featuring guest violinist Yevgeny Kutik.
MORE EAR JOY
Asheville Symphony Chorus
From Bach to Bernstein Our 25th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, November 12, 2016, 8 p.m.
The Asheville Symphony Chorus shares its joy of singing together for 25 years by offering a retrospective of the choral works it has performed since its inception. Music Director Dr. Michael Lancaster has selected his favorite movement from each work on the program. Highlights include selections from Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mozart’s Requiem, and Beethoven’s Mass in C.
Joyous New Year
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
Saturday, December 31, 2016, 8 p.m.
The ASO presents what’s sure to be the “hot ticket” on New Year’s Eve—a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Each year orchestras around the world ring in the New Year with performances of this towering musical work, which celebrates hope and brotherhood. Ring in the New Year with this unforgettable musical celebration featuring the Asheville Symphony Chorus, and four guest vocal soloists.
Asheville Amadeus Festival
March 10-19, 2017
Asheville Amadeus returns! The acclaimed 10-day festival inspired by the music and life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is back in 2017. The incomparable Midori joins the festival as headliner and artist-in-residence for a schedule of performances, education programs, social events, and collaborations with community partners. This celebration will have something for everyone—from beer to theatre to music. Stay tuned for a full schedule of events and venues.