Brevard Music Center Opens for Summer Festival

Opening night guest artist Anne Akiko Meyers is launching the 2021 Brevard Music Season with a Beethoven Celebration.

BrevardThis Friday, July 9, is opening night at the Brevard Music Center. The renowned American violinist Anne Akiko Meyers will begin the summer festival Beethoven Celebration 2021 with Artistic Director Keith Lockhart at the Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium. Conductor Keith Lockhart is setting the stage for the 85th Anniversary Season with two of Beethoven’s greatest works and a new piece by Kennedy Center Composer-In-Residence Carlos Simon, titled “Fate Now Conquers.”

“This summer, as the world slowly recovers its footing, the hills will ring with great music once again. It’s hard to describe the anticipation my colleagues and I feel as we approach, at last, another summer at Brevard,” Lockhart said. “We live to make music, and we love making music for you, and I guarantee that this summer’s performances will be supercharged with the joy we all feel at being able to perform for you again. Please join us!” 

Institute Reopens

Sadly, last year due to the pandemic, the classical music training program in Brevard was canceled. In previous years, the program brought gifted students from across the United States and around the world to study at the Music Center. This year, the campus is alive and flourishing with students, faculty and stunning performances by world-renowned artists.  Gifted students ages 14 through post-college are again able to study and learn with the distinguished faculty and guest performers. The Institute is again open for an unforgettable learning experience.

Keith Lockhart, conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra since 1995 and Chief Guest Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra in London, together with energetic Mark Weinstein, President and CEO, are bringing stellar musicians to Brevard this summer after a much too long musical silence. For five weeks this summer, hear your favorite composer, be it Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Dvorak, Brahms, Franck, Sibelius or Tchaikovsky, with a world-renowned musician performing. Conductors JoAnn Falletta, Ken Lam, Richard Kaufman and Kieth Lockhart return to the podium with guest artists including Lara Downes, Norman Krieger, Melissa White, Jordan Bak and Garrick Ohlsson.

With proper social distance the Whittington Pfohl Auditorium will be open for audiences to attend for 5 weeks this summer. Photo courtesy of Brevard.
With proper social distance the Whittington Pfohl Auditorium will be open for audiences to attend for 5 weeks this summer.

Jazz & Bluegrass

Beloved jazz and bluegrass performers will also be on stage. Attendees heard the sultry sounds of American jazz singer Jane Monheit on Friday, June 25. Then on Sunday, July 11, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Shannon Whitworth and Woody Platt, guitarist and lead vocalist of the GRAMMY award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers, are performing. Perhaps ask friends to enjoy a pre-performance picnic on the grounds of the Brevard Music Center and then cap the evening off with your favorite concert. Audiences can return to the recently renovated amphitheater Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium, as well as the smaller, but acoustically excellent concert hall, Straus Auditorium at Brevard College.  

Summer Lineup

The overall lineup for the summer will include a full spectrum of musical genres: piano concertos, symphonic music, operas, trios, quartets, quintets, octets, singers and performances given by the BMC faculty. A few notable examples are Dvorak’s New World Symphony, opera selections with Opera’s Greatest Hits, Janiec Opera Company on Broadway and three nights of opera performances of Puccini’s  “Gianni Schicchi,” Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. There’s even an evening celebrating the 100th birthday of Argentinian composer Astor Piazzola, master of the tango. 

Family-Friendly Events

Family-friendly evenings include a fresh, progressive bluegrass group birthed straight from the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. Fireside Collective blends the characteristic interplay of bluegrass instrumentation and harmonies.  They draw on folk, blues and bluegrass sound to create a distinctive body of work. This concert is on Sunday, July 18. On August 1, the BMC is presenting An Evening with Bruce Hornsby, the singer, songwriter, composer and bandleader. Hollywood Under the Stars will feature the legendary film composer John Williams, as Richard Kaufman and the BMC Orchestra play some of his familiar melodies 

On Sunday, August 8, at 3:00 pm Maestro Lockhart closes out the 85th season with Tchaikovsky’s electrifying Fourth Symphony and Garrick Ohlsson playing Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto. 

The BMC campus is an ideal spot for students to learn about the possiblity of pursuing a lifelong musical career. Photo courtesy of Sean Manning of the Brevard Music Center.


Purchase your tickets for the summer season from July 9 through August 8, 2021, online at 

and by phone at (828) 862-2130.  Please note: auditorium seating is reserved; lawn seating is general admission. Throughout the entire BNC summer festival season, there are a variety of subscriptions offered, including a full season pass. Or, one can purchase a Symphony Pass, a Chamber Pass or Opera Pass. If you can’t decide which to choose, select the Music Lover’s Pass and come to all three pass events, or choose The Golden Ticket which adds Opening Night* and Season Finale* to your subscription. Tickets are available for children ages 6-17 for $15. Children under 6 are not permitted inside Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium. Students 18 and older receive a 50 percent discount for tickets inside Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium. All passes receive a sizable discount.

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