Asheville Symphony Announces 2021-2022 Season

Subscriptions and ticket packages on sale now; Single tickets for all concerts on sale October 18, 2021


ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The Asheville Symphony is pleased to announce an exciting return to live performance with its 2021-2022 season, which features a free concert in Downtown Asheville’s Pack Square Park, a six-concert Masterworks Series, and a New Year’s Eve performance that showcases the best of Motown, R&B, and Soul.


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“Our nation’s arts industry has been challenged in unprecedented ways over the last year,” said the Asheville Symphony’s new executive director, Daniel Crupi. “It has responded with innovation and perseverance, reexamining fundamental priorities, having difficult conversations regarding equity in the performing arts, and forging entirely new paths of music-making and engagement. The Asheville Symphony has also transformed significantly during this challenging time. And we are thrilled to present to you an inspiring 2021-2022 season, building upon these lessons learned over the last 17 months.”

The ASO returns to the concert stage in September with a musical celebration in Asheville’s beautiful Pack Square Park — a free outdoor concert to which the entire community is invited. This much-anticipated return to live performance will feature a broad range of music from Copland, Brahms and Gershwin to Bernstein, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and John Williams.

The Masterworks Series begins on November 20, 2021, under the baton of the Asheville Symphony’s music director, Darko Butorac. The Symphony’s triumphant return to Thomas Wolfe Auditorium features Wallen’s Amazing Grace-inspired Mighty River, dancing violins in Bach’s Double Concerto, and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony: the ultimate, heroic triumph over fate (and four notes). 

Other highlights of the innovative and diverse Masterworks season include inspiring works by contemporary, female, and BIPOC composers, an exploration of uniquely American repertory, a deep dive into Scandinavian and Slavic roots featuring Stravinsky’s Firebird, a reflection on the Classical period at Central United Methodist Church, and, to close the season, a joyful (and much needed) celebration featuring works by Copland, Tower, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. 

All Masterworks concerts take place in Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in downtown Asheville, with the exception of Masterworks 5: Looking Glass, which will take place at Central United Methodist Church. 

On New Year’s Eve, the orchestra takes the stage with Morgan James and Erica Gabriel for a performance filled with the best of Motown, R&B, and Soul. Ring in the New Year with songs by Annie Lennox, Adele, Marvin Gaye, Whitney Houston, and more, featuring your Asheville Symphony. 

Series subscriptions and ticket packages are on sale now, and single tickets go on sale October 18, 2021. Single tickets for Masterworks concerts are $25–70, depending on seating section (reduced youth pricing is available). Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 828-254-7046, in person at the Asheville Symphony office at 27 College Pl., Suite 100, or at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville Box Office.


2021-2022 concert information


July 30, 2021

Asheville Symphony
27 College Place, Suite 100
Asheville, NC 28801

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