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WELCOME BACK TO ASHEVILLE AMADEUS
The festival began in 2015 as a week-long event, and in 2017 and 2019 was expanded to a grand 10-day festival bringing together some of Asheville’s most talented musicians, artists, brewers and entertainers for a schedule of performances, education programs, collaborations and social events. Headlining artists have included Emanuel Ax, Midori, Warren Haynes and Garrick Ohlsson.
Building upon the success of our rock-themed Festival in 2019, the 2023 Festival moves in another exciting new direction, this year celebrating all things Americana with theater, art, music, culinary arts, and more. Featuring banjo superstar Béla Fleck as our Festival Headliner, Kishi Bashi as our Festival Opener, and 25+ partner organizations offering 40+ events throughout this extraordinary ten-day Festival, this is the most ambitious Amadeus in Asheville Symphony history!
Show your support for Asheville Amadeus in style!
Shop our exclusive 2023 festival merch collection and make a statement at this year’s festival. Click on the link below to shop online or you can swing by the Festival Merch Hub at Citizen Vinyl in Downtown Asheville during the festival to get your hands on some exclusive Asheville Amadeus merch.
This season, we welcome the world’s biggest name in bluegrass and traditional music to the Asheville Symphony stage as Festival Headliner: banjo legend, Béla Fleck. Performing his The Imposter concerto for banjo and orchestra with the ASO at our grand festival finale on May 20 and collaborating with the Asheville Chamber Music Series to perform his banjo quintet, Night Flight Over Water, Béla’s participation in this year’s festival will make for a truly Appalachian musical experience. Music education will also be a centerpiece of Béla’s residency in Asheville, as he joins forces with Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra and the ASO in a performance for more than 4,000 5th graders in Buncombe County!
Opening this year’s Amadeus Festival is multi-instrumentalist Kishi Bashi, a folk-infused, cinema-inspired artist known the world over for his cross-genre and multi-disciplinary approach to music making.
Kishi Bashi recently performed with the Seattle, Virginia, and Oregon Symphonies, and was featured in Ben Folds’ DECLASSIFIED series with the National Symphony Orchestra. Now, on May 13 as part of the festival’s opening weekend, he will join forces with the Asheville Symphony on its final ALT ASO concert of the year at Salvage Station on the banks of the French Broad River.
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. Here are just a few of the organizations participating in this year’s festival.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on how to support the Asheville Amadeus Festival.