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Saturday, April 18

Saturday, May 9

1997 - 1998 Concert Series

Tickets are available by calling the Asheville Symphony at 704-254-7046, Ticketmaster at 704-251-5505 (week of concert only) or by visiting the Civic Center box office.

Casual Classics - "See the Music; Hear the Pictures"
Sunday, October 5, 1997 at 2:30 PM

For more than twenty years, James Westwater has been helping bring the joy, richness and beauty of symphonic music to audiences through his photo-choregraphy. All ages will "see" the music as they "hear" Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring Suite and Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings, as they've never experienced them before. Then the Asheville Symphony Chorus will take center stage performing Randall Thompson's music set to Robert Frost's poetry and settings of familiar American folk songs. This ninety-minute performance at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium is perfect for families and people of all ages. Ticket prices -- Adults: $20 - $5; Students: $15 - $3.

Masterworks II - "Bartok & Biltmore"
Saturday, October 18, 1997 at 8:00 PM

Come hear Bartok in a way we promise you'll enjoy. His Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra, performed by Lillian Pearson, is lush and melodic; the Rumanian Folk Dances will set your toes a-tapping. During the years 1896 to 1901, Caryl Florio was resident composer at The Biltmore House. His Symphony No. 1 will be a tribute to the importance placed on the musical arts by the Vanderbilts. Bringing the evening to a close will be the lovely music from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. Ticket prices -- Adults: $26 - $12; Students: $23 - $9.

Choral Concert - "Americans in Song"
Saturday, November 1, 1997 at 8:00 PM

Led by Eric Wall, Acting Director, the 100+ member Chorus includes talented singers from all walks of life. Formed in 1991, the Chorus has quickly earned a reputation for its high quality choral-orchestral as well as all-choral performances. This concert will include classics Missa Brevis by Bernstein and Frostiana by Randall Thompson, with American Folk Songs Shenandoah, Cindy, Steal Away, and Ezekial Saw de Wheel. If you haven't heard the Chorus, give yourself a gift and come hear this concert! Ticket prices $12.

Masterworks III - "Double Trouble - Dynamic Duos"
Saturday, November 22, 1997 at 8:00 PM

Composer David Ott's philosophy for a composition is, "It must have a tune!" His Concerto for Two Cellos has been performed by orchestras all over the world and acclaimed as one of the greatest new compositions in the last ten years. You'll enjoy watching the two cellists as they perform a piece you'll be talking about for a long time. The Fantastic Toyshop by Rossini/Respighi provides the other "dynamic duo" of the evening. Two wonderful compositions by Brahms and Ravel will round out this not-to-be-missed concert. Ticket prices -- Adults: $26 - $12; Students: $23 - $9.

Holiday Pops - "A Dickens of a Christmas"
Saturday, December 6, 1997 at 7:30 PM

Always a holiday favorite, you'll have a Dickens of a time as you take a break from the hectic bustle of the holidays to enjoy the music of John Rutter, George Frideric Handel, Leroy Anderson, Irving Berlin, and Felix Mendelssohn, performed by the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Ticket prices -- Adults: $20 - $5; Students: $15 - $3.

Masterworks IIII - "A "Hart" Day's Night"
Saturday, February 14, 1998 at 8:00 PM

Can't remember what you gave your valentine on Valentine's Day, 1997? Give a gift in 1998 that will be remembered for a long time…an evening of Maestro Baker's favorite classical love music. From Tchaikovsky's popular Romeo and Juliet to Sarasate's seductive Zigeunerweisen ("Gypsy Airs") to Sibelius' stirring Symphony No. 5, you'll be loved for your heartfelt decision. Ticket prices -- Adults: $26 - $12; Students: $23 - $9.

Masterworks V - "Out of this World"
Saturday, March 21, 1998 at 8:00 PM

The Asheville Symphony Chorus and Mars Hill College Choir join the Orchestra in a very special concert on Bach's 213th birthday, featuring Ruth Sieber, soprano, singing the beautiful Ave Maria, and joining Timothy Wilds, baritone, in Faure's exquisite Requiem. Then sit back, close your eyes and get ready for an imaginary blast off to Holst's musical exploration of The Planets. Ticket prices -- Adults: $26 - $12; Students: $23 - $9.

Masterworks VI - "A Celebration of Spring"
Saturday, April 18, 1998 at 8:00 PM

A concert in honor of Arch Nichols, a friend of past and future generations of music lovers and environmentalists. This is a concert he would have enthusiastically embraced: Russell Peck's The Glory and The Grandeur (Peck is a North Carolinian) showcases the Symphony's outstanding percussion section; founder of the Asheville and North Carolina Symphonies, Pulitzer prize winner, Lamar Stringfield's Mountain Song and Cripple Creek (from The Southern Mountains Suite) and Kidder Kole (from The Blue Ridge); a return engagement by an audience favorite, and winner of the Rachmaninoff Competition in Moscow, Dimitri Ratser performing Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2; and Mendelssohn's fiery Symphony No. 4 ("Italian"). Ticket prices -- Adults: $26 - $12; Students: $23 - $9.

May Pops - "The Best of Broadway"
Saturday, May 9, 1998 at 8:00 PM

Save the date to gather at tables for eight and enjoy a cabaret style setting for the Symphony in the Civic Center. Doors open at 6:30PM. Bring a picnic dinner with your friends and listen to the music of the Youth Orchestra as you dine. Beverages will be available to purchase. After your dinner, at 8:00PM, Lewis Dahle von Schlanbusch and Katherine Terrell will perform on stage. We guarantee you'll enjoy these two favorites of pops conductors Richard Hayman and Erich Kunzel. They'll be singing a tribute to George Gershwin and music from the most popular of the current Broadway shows, including Evita, Phantom of the Opera and Cats. Ticket prices -- Call the Symphony Box Office at 254-7046 for reserved table seating at various prices.

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