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2025 ASHEVILLE AMADEUS FESTIVAL

MAY 2025

Festival Events

The Asheville Amadeus Festival returns in May 2025 featuring co-headliners Chris Thile and Time for Three.

The Asheville Amadeus Festival is back for its fifth iteration, Asheville Amadeus: The Art of Storytelling. The Asheville Amadeus Festival brings together some of Asheville’s most talented musicians, artists, creators and entertainers for ten days of performances, education programs, collaborations, and social events.

We’re excited to announce that Chris Thile and Time for Three will be co-headlining, joining the ranks of previous Asheville Amadeus headliners Emanuel Ax, Midori, Warren Haynes, Garrick Ohlsson, and Béla Fleck.

More information and events to come! Check back here for the latest news on the Asheville Amadeus Festival and click here to subscribe to the Asheville Symphony newsletter to be the first to know about added events and the latest news.

Chris Thile
Click here to read about Chris Thile.
Chris Thile
Click here to read about Chris Thile.

MacArthur Fellow and Grammy Award-winning mandolinist, singer, songwriter Chris Thile, who the Guardian calls “that rare being: an all-round musician who can settle into any style, from bluegrass to classical,” and NPR calls a “genre-defying musical genius,” is a founding member of the critically acclaimed bands Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek. For four years, Thile hosted public radio favorite Live from Here with Chris Thile (formerly known as A Prairie Home Companion). With his broad outlook, Thile creates a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic for performers and audiences alike, giving the listener “one joyous arc, with the linear melody and vertical harmony blurring into a single web of gossamer beauty” (New York Times).

Most recently, Chris recorded Laysongs, out June 4, 2021 on Nonesuch. The album is his first truly solo album: just Thile, his voice, and his mandolin, on new recordings of six original songs and three covers, all of which contextualize and banter with his ideas about spirituality. Recorded in a converted upstate New York church during the pandemic, Laysongs’ centerpiece is the three-part “Salt (in the Wounds) of the Earth,” which was inspired by C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters. The album also features a song Thile wrote about Dionysus; a performance of the fourth movement of Béla Bartók’s Sonata for Solo Violin; “God Is Alive, Magic Is Afoot” based on Buffy Sainte-Marie’s adaptation of a Leonard Cohen poem; a cover of bluegrass legend Hazel Dickens’ “Won’t You Come and Sing for Me,” and “Ecclesiastes 2:24,” original instrumental loosely modeled after the Prelude from J.S. Bach’s Partita for Solo Violin in E Major.

Time for Three
Click here to read about Time for Three.
Time for Three
Click here to read about Time for Three.

Defying convention and boundaries, Time For Three stands at the busy intersection of classical music, Americana, and singer-songwriter. To experience Time For Three (TF3) live is to hear the various eras, styles, and traditions of Western music fold in on themselves and emerge anew. Bonded by an uncommon blend of their instruments fused together with their voices, Charles Yang (violin, vocals), Nicolas “Nick” Kendall (violin, vocals), and Ranaan Meyer (double bass, vocals), have found a unique voice of expression to share with the world.

TF3 has collaborated with a diverse group of artists across many genres including Ben Folds, Branford Marsalis, Joshua Bell, Aoife O’Donovan, Natasha Bedingfield, and Arlo Guthrie. TF3’s latest project is Letters for the Future, released on Deutsche Grammophon. The album of works by Kevin Puts and Jennifer Higdon was recorded with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Xian Zhang and won two GRAMMYs in 2023.

“In person, the members of Time for Three come off as just three dudes in a band. But with their staggering technique and freewheeling genre-crossing, it’s hard not to be swept up in the force of their contagious energy.” – NPR

“Simply put, they’re a knockout!” – Sir Simon Rattle

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TAKE PART IN THE FESTIVAL

The Asheville Amadeus Festival seeks to elevate and connect Asheville’s best and most innovative creatives from brewers to art galleries, from the concert hall to the banks of the French Broad.

Take part in the festival! Opportunities to support the fourth Asheville Amadeus festival include participating as a partner, becoming a member of the 1756 Society (which includes benefits like VIP festival access, complimentary tickets, unique opportunities to meet artists, and more!), and more.

Interested? Reach out to info@ashevillesymphony.org for more details on how to support the Asheville Amadeus Festival.