Regional Orchestra of the Week: Asheville Symphony, NC
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by BWW Features
BroadwayWorld is thrilled to announce its newest series - the Featured Symphony Orchestra of the Week!
The Asheville Symphony Orchestra performs and promotes symphonic music for the benefit, enjoyment and education of the people of Western North Carolina.
Between 1960 and 1970, the Symphony grew in size, a part time resident manager and conductor were hired, paid guest artists were introduced, choral and youth ensembles were formed, a Symphony Guild was formed, a regular season with subscription sales was developed, and the concerts were moved from school and church auditoriums to the 2,354 seat Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.
Funding for the Symphony was basically limited to ticket sales, contributions and Guild fund-raising efforts. In 1977, all musicians were paid for the first time, and the first meaningful foundation grant of $10,000 was received. The budget at that time was $40,000.
The Symphony presents seven full orchestra concerts per year in the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville's US Cellular Center. Each concert features a performance by a guest artist. The Symphony's programming reflects a desire to present both the "old favorites" as well as more recent works. In addition to the regular subscription series, the orchestra presents a Classical Christmas.
Upcoming concert events include The American Four Seasons on March 16, Mozart's Requiem on April 20, and Rite of Spring on May 11, 2013.
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Info and photos courtesy of Asheville Symphony.