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More to Asheville Symphony's Amadeus Festival Than Mozart

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It’s named for one of the most performed composers in history, but the Asheville Symphony’s Amadeus Festival is about far more than Mozart.


This Saturday and Sunday, venerated rock guitarist and annual Christmas Jam founder Warren Haynes joins the symphony for the first orchestral renditions of music he’s associated with, from Government Mule, the Allman Brothers and Grateful Dead to his solo work.


Next Thursday, March 21, a panel discussion about women in music precedes a concert paying tribute to pioneering women in music history--performed by an all-female, nine-piece band. That happens at Ambrose West in West Asheville.


Asheville Symphony Music Director Darko Butorac, Blue Ridge Public Radio classical music host Chip Kaufmann and pianist Garrick Ohlsson connect March 22 for a talk about life behind the music.


There’s also a fashion event, a Lazoom bus tour of Asheville’s musical history and, of course, plenty of music and talk focused on Mozart’s music. There are more than 20 performances, discussions and events at various locales connected to the festival, which kicks off Friday and runs through the orchestra’s festival-closing concert March 24.


Matt Peiken, BPR’s first full-time arts journalist, has spent his entire career covering arts and culture.
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