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BPR Classic to live broadcast Brevard Music Center's season opener

an interior shot of the Brevard Music Center during an evening concert. The roof is an A-frame shape and the concert stage is brightly lit and filled with musicians.

The festival celebrates a diverse range of music, including symphony, opera, chamber, bluegrass, Broadway, and jazz.

Join BPR Classic on Friday, June 21 for a live broadcast of Brevard Music Center’s Opening Night for the 2024 Summer Festival featuring conductor Keith Lockhart and pianist Joyce Yang, hosted by BPR's Anastasia Marie.

Lockhart conducts Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major while Brevard favorite Yang returns to perform Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, widely regarded as the most technically challenging piece in all the repertoire.

    Tune in to the live broadcast starting at 7 p.m. on BPR Classic.

    About the artists

    a portrait shot of Brevard Music Center's artistic director Keith Lockhart
    Photo by Marco Borggreve

    Keith Lockhart, conductor

    Keith Lockhart is conductor of the Boston Pops and has been the artistic director of the Brevard Music Center Summer Institute and Festival since 2007. Lockhart’s appointment at Brevard solidified an already special relationship with BMC, as he attended as a teenager for two summers.

    Born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., he began his musical studies on piano at the age of 7, and holds degrees from Furman University and Carnegie Mellon University. Lockhart also holds honorary doctorates from the Boston Conservatory, Boston University, Northeastern University, Furman University and Carnegie Mellon University, among others.

    a portrait shot of pianist Joyce Yang wearing a navy evening dress and posing at the piano

    Joyce Yang, piano

    Blessed with “poetic and sensitive pianism” (The Washington Post) and a “wondrous sense of color” (San Francisco Classical Voice), Grammy-nominated pianist Joyce Yang captivates audiences with her virtuosity, lyricism and interpretive sensitivity.

    She first earned international attention in 2005 when she won the silver medal at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. In the last decade, Yang has blossomed into an “astonishing artist” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung), showcasing her colorful musical personality in solo recitals and collaborations with the world’s top orchestras and chamber musicians through more than 1,000 debuts and re-engagements.

    Stephanie Rogers is the Communications and Engagement Manager for BPR's Audience team.
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