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BPR Classic presents Summer Stages classical concert series

A pianist, flutist and harpist perform in front of a lake and trees at Brevard Music Center
Photo Credit Chuck Gilmore, Courtesy of Brevard Music Center
BPR Classic Presents Summer Stages produced by WDAV, a six-week long series of concerts recorded at the Brevard Music Center Summer Festival and An Appalachian Summer Festival in Boone.

BPR is pleased to announce SummerStages, a six-week long series from our friends at WDAV that brings listeners a collection of past performances at the Brevard Music Center Summer Festival and An Appalachian Summer Festival in Boone. Grab your picnic basket, blanket and your radio or smartphone and enjoy your lunch or dinner while listening to classical music’s great performers and conductors. Tune in on BPR Classic July 19th-August 25th, Mondays 7-9 PM and Wednesdays 12-2 PM.   

Episode 1 – Monday July 19th at 7 PM, Wednesday July 21st at Noon

Brevard Music Center Summer Festival

Keith Lockhart and the Brevard Music Center Orchestra are joined in concert by two distinguished soloists. Garrick Ohlsson solos in the First Piano Concerto by Brahms, and soprano Ilana Davidson sings the iridescent orchestral song that concludes the Fourth Symphony by Mahler. 

  • Brevard Music Center Orchestra; Keith Lockhart, conductor 
  • Garrick Ohlsson, piano; Ilana Davidson, soprano 
  • BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Opus 15 
  • MAHLER: Symphony No. 4 
  • Brevard Music Center Orchestra; JoAnn Falletta, conductor 
  • PROKOVIEV: Romeo and Juliet Suite (2 movements) 
Conductor Keith and and soloist Garrick Ohlsson stand on stage near a baby grand piano, clasping hands and smiling.
Credit (Courtesy Brevard Music Center)
Conductor Keith Lockhart and soloist Garrick Ohlsson are featured in the first episode of SummerStages.

Episode 2 – Monday July 26th at 7:00 PM, Wednesday July 28th at Noon

An Appalachian Summer Festival

An Appalachian Summer Festival and its resident musical group, the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble, present a concert devoted to the piano quartet. It features a work regarded as the first major piano quartet ever composed, the Quartet in G Minor by Mozart. Also, piano quartets by Brahms and Turina. 

Broyhill Chamber Ensemble: 

  • Gil Morgenstern, violin 
  • Kathryn Lockwood, viola 
  • Alexis Gerlach, cello 
  • Wendy Chen, piano
  • TURINA: Piano Quartet in A Minor, Op. 67 
  • BRAHMS: Piano Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 26
  • TSONTAKIS: Bagatelles for Piano Quartet 
  • Bagatelle for Solo Piano 
  • MOZART: Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, K. 478 

Episode 3 – Monday August 2nd at 7:00 PM, Wednesday August 4th at Noon

Brevard Music Center Summer Festival

Conductor Matthias Bamert leads the student musicians and faculty members of the Brevard Music Center in works by three giants of music's Romantic era: a spectacular overture by Berlioz, the brooding yet triumphant Piano Concerto in A Minor by Robert Schumann, and the sunny Symphony No. 2 by Brahms. 

  • Brevard Music Center Orchestra; Matthias Bamert, conductor  
  • Yekwon Sunwoo, piano  
  • BERLIOZ: Roman Carnival Overture 
  • ROBERT SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto in A Minor 
  • BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2 in D Major  
  • Brevard Sinfonia; Keith Lockhart, conductor 
  • KODALY: Dances of Galanta (excerpts) 

Episode 4 – Monday August 9th at 7 PM, Wednesday August 11 at Noon

Brevard Music Center Summer Festival

Soloist Itamar Zorman joins the Brevard Music Center Orchestra for one of the true musical masterworks of the 20th century, the Violin Concerto by Alban Berg. Also, the overture to an early, grand opera by Wagner, and the "Pastoral" Symphony by Beethoven. 

  • Brevard Music Center Orchestra; Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor 
  • Itamar Zorman, violin  
  • WAGNER: Rienzi Overture 
  • BERG: Violin Concerto 
  • BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Opus 68 ("Pastoral") 
  • JoAnn Falletta, conductor; Brevard Sinfonia  
  • DEBUSSY: Iberia
Wearing black, conductor JoAnn Falletta is show with arms raised leading musicians in Brevard Sinfonia.
Credit (Courtesy Brevard Music Center)
JoAnn Falletta, conductor, Brevard Sinfonia, featured in episode four of SummerStages.

Episode 5 – Monday August 16th at 7:00 PM, Wednesday August 18th at Noon

An Appalachian Summer Festival

From Boone, North Carolina and An Appalachian Summer Music Festival, that event's longtime resident ensemble presents a fascinating variety of chamber music, including a trio for strings by Taneyev, a piano quintet by Robert Schumann, the "American" string quartet by Dvorak, and a piano quartet by Fauré.  

Broyhill Chamber Ensemble: 

  • Gil Morgenstern, violin 
  • Grace Park, violin 
  • Kathryn Lockwood, viola 
  • Caroline Stinson, cello 
  • Reiko Uchida, piano

SERGEI IVANOVICH TANEYEV: String Trio in D Major, Op. 21 
ROBERT SCHUMANN: Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major, Op. 44

DVORAK: String Quartet in F Major, Opus 96 ("American") 

FAURÉ: Piano Quartet in C Minor, Opus 15 

Episode 6 – Monday August 23rd at 7:00 PM, Wednesday August 25th at Noon

Brevard Music Center Summer Festival

Keith Lockhart and the Brevard Music Center Orchestra wrap up the SummerStages broadcast season with a pair of popular, but contrasting concertos, both from the 20th century. Olga Kern is the soloist in the Second Piano Concerto by Rachmaninoff, and the entire ensemble shines in the virtuosic Concerto for Orchestra by Bartok. 

  • Brevard Music Center Orchestra; Keith Lockhart, conductor 
  • Olga Kern, piano 
  • BARTOK: Concerto for Orchestra 
  • RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 2 
  • Carolyn Huebl and Byron Tauchi, violins; Erika Eckert, viola; Benjamin Karp, cello; Craig Nies, piano  
  • ROBERT SCHUMANN: Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major, Opus 44