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BPR presents on-air broadcasts of 2022-2023 Asheville Symphony Orchestra season

An image of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra performing, with a harpist in the foreground, violinists to the right and conductor Darko Butarac in the background with his hands raised mid-chest. Butarac is not using a baton.
Mike Morel
Asheville Symphony Orchestra
BPR Classic will air performances of Asheville Symphony Orchestra beginning in September. You have two opportunities to listen each month, Tuesday at 7 PM and Thursday at 9 AM. Dates vary, see schedule below.

BPR is pleased to share the schedule for upcoming broadcasts of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra 2022-2023 season. Hosted by BPR arts producer Matt Peiken, the series includes six performances along with insightful interviews with Music Director Darko Butorac. We kick off the series on BPR Classic Tuesday, September 13th at 7 PM and Thursday September 15th at 9 AM with the final concert of the previous season: Masterworks 6: Ode to Joy, featuring Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Tower’s Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9

A full schedule is below.

BPR Classic: September 13 7-9 PM; September 15 9-11 AM

MASTERWORKS 6 Ode to Joy (Recorded SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2022)

Darko Butorac, conductor
Christina Pier, soprano
Mikki Sodergren, alto
Rod Dixon, baritone
Corey McKern, baritone
with the Asheville Symphony Chorus

Beethoven’s most magnificent work closed the 2021-2022 season — a much-needed celebration following a year marked by turmoil, creativity, and resilience. Coupled with Copland’s rousing Fanfare for the Common Man and Tower’s feminist answer, we close the season together, unified by our love for live music.

Copland Fanfare for the Common Man
Tower Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman
Beethoven Symphony No. 9

BPR Classic: October 18 7-9 PM; October 20 9-11 AM

MASTERWORKS 1 McGill & Mozart (Recorded SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2022)

Darko Butorac, conductor
Anthony McGill, clarinet

We open our 22-23 season with the spirit of virtuosity. Montgomery captures the energy of young virtuosos with Starburst, Mozart spotlights the dazzling range of the clarinet with the first concerto written for the instrument, and Brahms takes on his idol, Beethoven, with his hard-earned first symphony (often referred to as Beethoven’s Tenth).

Montgomery Starburst
Mozart Clarinet Concerto
Brahms Symphony No. 1

BPR Classic: November 15 7-9 PM; November 17 9-11 AM

MASTERWORKS 2 Scheherazade (Recorded SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2022)

Darko Butorac, conductor
Adam Golka, piano

From Rimsky-Korsakov comes the lavish Scheherazade, a vibrant musical illustration of sandy dunes stretching across the horizon. Explore the vast, wandering Silk Road and central Asia with Say and Borodin. From De Falla, visit a moonlit oasis with his iconic work for piano and orchestra: Nights in the Gardens of Spain.

Borodin In the Steppes of Central Asia
De Falla Nights in the Gardens of Spain
Say Piano Concerto No. 2 “Silk Road”
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade

BPR Classic: February 14 7-9 PM and February 16 9-11 AM

MASTERWORKS 3 Night at the Opera (Recorded SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2022)

Darko Butorac, conductor
Cecilia Violetta López, soprano

Ben Gulley, tenor
Jeff Mattsey, baritone
Asheville Symphony Chorus

“The language of music is understood by everybody,” according to Rossini, “since it is understood with the heart.” We bring that notion to life with this program filled with operatic classics. A curated selection of operatic works (including beloved masterpieces by Italian masters Puccini and Verdi) explore the experiences and emotions that all of humankind shares through the combined power of the stage, voice, and orchestra. Featuring three fantastic guest vocal soloists and the voices of the Asheville Symphony Chorus.

BPR Classic: March 14 7-9 PM and March 16 9-11 AM

MASTERWORKS 4 Aurora (Recorded SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2023)

Darko Butorac, conductor
Jacob Bernhardt, piano

Three legendary Scandinavian and Slavic composers channel the powerful spirit and splendor of the frozen north in this program inspired by the northern lights. Envision towering cliffs with Grieg’s only piano concerto, icy fjords with Sibelius’ epic Finlandia, and snowy fields with Tchaikovsky’s brilliant and dramatic Fourth Symphony.

Sibelius Finlandia
Grieg Piano Concerto
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

BPR Classic: April 11 7-9 PM and April 13 9-11 AM

MASTERWORKS 5 Guitarra Española (Recorded SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2023)

Darko Butorac, conductor
Ana Vidovic, guitar

Inspired by the Royal Palace of Aranjuez outside of Madrid, Rodrigo captures “the fragrance of magnolias, the singing of birds, and the gushing of fountains” in his concerto for classical guitar. Accompanied by Vrebalov’s Gratitude from Sea Ranch Songs and Frank’s Coqueteos from Leyendas, Beethoven closes this program with his “revolutionary” First Symphony — a sparkling declaration of his young talent.

Vrebalov Gratitude from The Sea Ranch Songs
Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez
Frank Coqueteos from Leyendas
Beethoven Symphony No. 1