Press Release
April 25, 2024
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The Asheville Symphony is thrilled to announce a momentous partnership with the First Baptist Church of Asheville (FBCA) that will see the continuation of its flagship Masterworks Series in the historic FBCA sanctuary for the next three years.

After the closure of the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in 2023, the Asheville Symphony moved five of its seven Masterworks Series performances to FBCA for the ongoing 2023-2024 season. For the 2024-2025 season, the Asheville Symphony will perform all seven Masterworks programs in the First Baptist Church of Asheville. Other concerts, including recitals, pops, and the popular ALT ASO series will continue to be produced in venues throughout Asheville.

“We have been able to offer an unparalleled guest experience in FBCA over the course of this season,” said Asheville Symphony Executive Director Daniel Crupi. “We are excited to be able to further enrich our patrons’ experiences in this remarkable venue. This partnership marks an exciting chapter in the history of the Asheville Symphony!”

Asheville Symphony’s Masterworks Series showcases the orchestra’s world-class musicianship under the baton of Music Director Darko Butorac, presenting a diverse repertoire ranging from beloved classics to innovative contemporary works.

Butorac says that he is thrilled to continue this collaboration with FBCA: “The intimacy and the acoustic create an unforgettable listening experience for our community. The Asheville Symphony has never sounded so good in its history, and it is my personal goal to make our concerts the premier acoustic music experience in Western North Carolina.”

Along with FBCA’s outstanding acoustics, intimate setting, and ample parking and restrooms, Asheville Symphony will continue offering both matinee and evening performances, giving patrons more flexibility for the full 2024-2025 Masterworks Series.

Asheville Symphony Oboist Cara Jenkins says that as a musician, the experience in FBCA has been outstanding. “Our experience in the hall has been revolutionary,” said Jenkins. “It’s completely different. Not just the acoustics and the parking, but something special that was not even anticipated: the schedule. Getting to perform these programs twice is such a gift to us as musicians, as much as it is for our community. When we sit on stage and we can see your reactions to the music, it just energizes us.”

This marks the second time that the First Baptist Church of Asheville has acted as home for the Asheville Symphony’s Masterworks Series. The Asheville Symphony performed in the church for its thirteenth and fourteenth seasons, from 1973-1975.

“We are honored to extend our partnership with the Asheville Symphony,” said Emily Floyd, Pastor of Music and Worship at First Baptist Church of Asheville. “The arts have always been integral to our congregation, and we take great pride in providing a home for the Symphony’s Masterworks Series. Our congregation has enjoyed supporting and partnering with the Asheville Symphony since their founding in 1960, and we look forward to continuing to collaborate in bringing outstanding musical experiences to the Asheville community.”

The three-year agreement between the Asheville Symphony and the First Baptist Church of Asheville reaffirms both organizations’ commitment to fostering a vibrant cultural landscape in Asheville and ensuring the accessibility and enjoyment of exceptional orchestral performances for years to come.

“We are incredibly grateful to our friends at First Baptist Church of Asheville for facilitating this amazing collaboration, which will provide three more years of outstanding classical music experiences for audiences,” said Crupi. “At the same time, the Symphony also looks forward to continuing to work in partnership with the City of Asheville and other community leaders to help solve Asheville’s large indoor venue dilemma. Our neighbors in Asheville deserve a large-scale, 2,000+ seat performing arts center, and the Asheville Symphony is committed to serving as a key partner in bringing this vision to reality.”

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