Asheville Symphony announces lineup for 2019 'Asheville Amadeus'

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The Asheville Symphony announce the event lineup for the 2019 Asheville Amadeus festival, a 10-day, multi-genre, Mozart-inspired event for all tastes and ages.

Christmas Jam presenter Warren Haynes and pianist Garrick Ohlsson will join the Asheville Symphony for the festival opening and finale.

The festival kicks off on Friday, March 15 and ends on Sunday, March 24, spanning multiple Asheville venues. It features collaborations with local favorites like Burial Beer Co. and joins forces with hometown hero, Gov't Mule front man and GRAMMY Award-winning vocalist, songwriter, producer and guitarist Warren Haynes.

"For Asheville Amadeus 2019, we're pairing rock'n'roll with Rachmaninoff," said Asheville Symphony Executive Director David Whitehill in a press release. "And there's no better way to celebrate than with rock guitarist Warren Haynes and Rach pianist Garrick Ohlsson.

First held in 2015, Asheville Amadeus has since become a biennial event expanding in 2017 from a week-long festival to a 10-day celebration.

In 2019, the Asheville Symphony continues this tradition, with a festival that includes more than 30 public and private events.

Amadeus 2019 kicks off in Asheville style with two nights of brews and bands: On Friday, March 15, festival-goers should prepare to imbibe at Burial's South Slope taproom for the release of The Righteous and Barbaric Souls Imperial Stout. With notes of apricot and chocolate, the new Amadeus-inspired brew is an ode to all things lavish and profound.

The next evening, Saturday, March 16, Asheville Amadeus jams on stage with Warren Haynes in a symphonic rock performance, "Warren Haynes Presents: Dreams & Songs A Symphonic Journey."

For this special Amadeus performance, Haynes is joined by Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band, Dead & Co., The Aquarium Rescue Unit), John Medeski (Medeski Martin & Wood, Phil Lesh & Friends), Jeff Sipe (Aquarium Rescue Unit, Leftover Salmon) and the Asheville Symphony Orchestra for a symphonic take on his classic, career-spanning material.

Rich Daniels, the musical director of The City Lights Orchestra in Chicago, will conduct.

Over the course of the next week, Amadeus kicks into high gear with performances ranging from "Ballet with Bach and Rach" with the Ballet Conservatory of Asheville to a rowdy evening of racy drinking songs at The Funkatorium with the Asheville Choral Society featuring Tempus.

On Tuesday, March 19 and Wednesday, March 20, LaZoom revs its purple bus's engine for an Amadeus-only musical history tour of Asheville, hosted by local musician Andrew Fletcher.

Other events include a fashion show with the Asheville Symphonettes, a progressive chamber concert walking tour with Pan Harmonia, a special screening of "Shine" at Grail Moviehouse, a flight night of Austrian wines at Burial Beer Co.'s new Forestry Camp Restaurant and Bar, a candid chat with music professionals and a series of interactive musical experiences for children.

On Saturday, March 23, all-star pianist Garrick Ohlsson joins the Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra for the 2019 finale eve concert, featuring Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A Minor, Mozart's Overture to The Magic Flute and Arturo Márquez's Danzón No. 2.

This concert features all five orchestras of the ASYO: the Youth Orchestra, Philharmonia, Prelude Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and the Percussion Ensemble.

For the big finale, Rach the night away with Mozart's Symphony No. 25 and a powerhouse performance of two masterful Rachmaninoff compositions: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Piano Concerto No. 2 with Rachmaninoff interpreter Ohlsson on the piano.

Asheville Symphony Music Director Darko Butorac will join the orchestra on the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium's giant stage, complete with a 32-foot stage extension that thrusts the Symphony into the audience.

"Doing two Rachmaninoff pieces is almost unheard of," Whitehill says. "It's absolute gluttony. It's an embarrassment of musical riches and a rare opportunity to see two of the most beloved, virtuosic, difficult concertos in one evening."

Tickets for festival events are on sale now, with event prices ranging from free to $93, depending on the event. Details and purchase instructions for individual events can be found at


Details and ticketing instructions for individual events can be found at For more information call or visit the Asheville Symphony offices, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: 828.254.7046, 27 College Pl., Suite 100.

DAY 1: Friday, March 15

Festival Kickoff Beer Release & Open House

Burial Beer Co.'s South Slope taproom combines local art, music and culinary creations with the brand-new Symphony-inspired Righteous and Barbaric Souls Imperial Stout. Indulge in creative food and beer pairings while enjoying local art and inspiring music and help kickoff this year's Asheville Amadeus. Friday, March 15, 5 p.m. at Burial Beer Co., 40 Collier Ave. Free Event.

DAY 2: Saturday, March 16

Opening Night:

Warren Haynes Presents: Dreams & Songs A Symphonic Journey

An electrifying opening night performance for Asheville Amadeus featuring Warren Haynes joined by Oteil Burbridge, John Medeski and Jeff Sipe with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, performing symphonic adaptations of songs from Haynes' decades-spanning career including tunes by Gov't Mule, Allman Brothers Band, Grateful Dead, Haynes' solo material and more. Rich Daniels, the musical director of The City Lights Orchestra in Chicago, will conduct. Saturday, March 16, 8 p.m. at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, 87 Haywood St. Tickets: $46-$72.

DAY 3: Sunday, March 17

Ballet with Bach and Rach

The Ballet Conservatory of Asheville presents a unique performance of new and immersive neo-classical ballet, inspired by choreographer George Balanchine, the father of American ballet, and enlightened by the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Sunday, March 17, 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. at Ballet Conservatory Studios, 6 E. Chestnut St. Tickets: Adult $10 / Youth $5.

Mozart, Mountains & Mickey Mouse

Asheville Community Band combines Mozart, Appalachian twang and Walt Disney for an unforgettable afternoon of multi-genre classics. A concert for the whole family, the energetic performance features Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, a host of mountain-themed pieces and a stellar lineup of Disney favorites. Sunday, March 17, 2:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. at Lipinsky Auditorium at UNC Asheville, 300 Library Lane. Tickets: Adult $12 / Students and Youth Free.

Mixtapes: The Lounge Sessions

The Opal String Quartet honors the spirit of the mixtape by piecing together some of their favorite works from across the musical spectrum including the music of Maurice Ravel, Philip Glass, and The Flaming Lips in an intimate lounge setting. Sunday, March 17, 6 p.m. at Isis Music Hall Lounge, 743 Haywood Road. Tickets: $40.

DAY 4: Monday, March 18


Multiple Dates and Locations

Children dance, sing and clap to the classics with Kindermusik instructor Yvette Odell in WeeTunes, a Mozart music experience (for newborns to kindergarteners and their parents) that includes special performances by Asheville Symphony musicians. Monday, March 18, 11 a.m. at West Asheville Library. Tuesday, March 19, 10:30 a.m. at North Asheville Library. Wednesday, March 20, 10:30 a.m. at Skyland Library. Thursday, March 21, 10:30 a.m. at Pack Memorial Library. Free Events.

Walk with Wolfgang 2: Pas de Deux

Take a leisurely musical walking tour of Asheville with Pan Harmonia's Walk with Wolfgang 2: Pas de Deux. Beginning at Asheville Museum of Science and ending at Capella on 9 at the AC Hotel, this progressive chamber music concert features pairs of Pan Harmonia artists at different locales around Biltmore Avenue. Monday, March 18, 6:30 p.m., beginning at Asheville Museum of Science, 43 Patton Ave. Tickets: Advance $28 / Door $33 (if available).

DAY 5: Tuesday, March 19

LaZoom: Asheville Music History Tour

Multiple Dates

Busking pianist Andrew Fletcher leads a tour of Asheville's rich musical history aboard one of LaZoom's iconic purple buses, accompanied by a live local band playing the region's musical highlights. Beer, wine and snacks will be provided for guests' imbibing needs. Tuesday, March 19, 3 p.m. and Wednesday, March 20, 3 p.m. at LaZoom Room, 76 Biltmore Ave. Tickets: $45.

Mozart Requiem Sing-Along

Experience Mozart's Requiem with the Asheville Symphony Chorus in a unique, interactive singalong experience. One of Amadeus' most famous works and rarely performed in singalong fashion, Requiem features exhilarating group choruses (chorus lines provided) and exquisite solo vocals by professionals. Tuesday, March 19; Singers Call: 6:15 p.m., Performance: 7 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 27 Church St. Tickets: $15.

Takács Quartet with Garrick Ohlsson

The world-renowned Takács Quartet and star pianist Garrick Ohlsson join forces for a special Asheville Amadeus performance, hosted by Asheville Chamber Music Series at Diana Wortham Theatre. The performance includes Haydn's String Quartet Op. 76 No. 1, Mendelssohn's String Quartet Op. 80 and Amy Beach's Piano Quintet. Tuesday, March 19, 8 p.m. at Diana Wortham Theatre, 18 Biltmore Ave. Tickets: Adult $42 / Youth $5.

DAY 6: Wednesday, March 20

Austrian Wine Flight Night

Asheville Symphony and Burial Beer Co. honor Mozart's home country with a night of flights of Austrian wines, from Sour Grapes and Haw River Wineman. Enjoy an intimate musical performance, guided wine tasting and small plate pairing at Burial's new Forestry Camp Restaurant and Bar. Wednesday, March 20, 7 p.m. at Forestry Camp Restaurant and Bar, 16 Shady Oak Drive. Tickets: $50.

Time in a Bottle: The Mozart Effect

Asheville Choral Society presents a rowdy romp of German drinking songs in one of Asheville Amadeus' most lively (and boozy) events, featuring vocal ensemble Tempus. Raise a beer stein and join in the fun music from composers past and present, including a few bawdy numbers from Mozart himself. Wednesday, March 20, 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at The Funkatorium, 147 Coxe Ave. Tickets: Adult $25 / Youth $10.

DAY 7: Thursday, March 21


Multiple Dates

Grail Moviehouse presents a special Asheville Amadeus showing of the 1996 Academy Award-winning film Shine, starring Geoffrey Rush as troubled child piano prodigy David Helfgott. As Helfgott tries to master Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3, his musical ambitions push him over the edge. Thursday, March 21, 11 a.m. & 7 p.m.; Friday, March 22, 11 a.m.; Saturday, March 23, 11 a.m. at Grail Moviehouse, 45 S French Broad Ave. Tickets: $10.

Women Get the Job Done

A panel led by Asheville Music Professionals and the Connect Beyond Festival examines the historic underrepresentation of women in music production, conducting and audio engineering positions and the ways in which this paradigm has recently begun to shift. The panel includes industry trailblazers like Susan Rogers, the audio engineer behind Prince's "Purple Rain" and other hits. Thursday, March 21, 6:30 p.m. at Ambrose West, 312 Haywood Road. Free Event.

Women Who Move the Needle

A follow-up performance to the early evening panel discussion, Women Who Move the Needle features an all-women powerhouse performance that pays tribute to music's pioneering female artists and innovators such as Aretha Franklin, Erykah Badu and Janis Joplin by bringing together a supergroup of favorite local musicians. Thursday, March 21, 8 p.m. at Ambrose West, 312 Haywood Road. Tickets: $15.

DAY 8: Friday, March 22

Symphony Talk

Join new Asheville Symphony Music Director Darko Butorac, Blue Ridge Public Radio Classical Music Host Chip Kauffman and all-star pianist Garrick Ohlsson for Symphony Talk, an anecdotal take on life behind the music, talking business with a side of candid creativity. Learn about the hard work, politics, eccentricities and travel that go into creating music. Friday, March 22, 11 a.m. at Diana Wortham Theatre, 18 Biltmore Ave. Free Event.

Fashion Rocks

The Asheville Symphonettes walk the runway, showing off seasonal trends and exciting new looks in Fashion Rocks, a fashion show benefit for the Asheville Symphony featuring clothing from local boutiques. Guests will be welcomed with a prosecco cocktail and a delectable menu of light bites to fit the occasion. Friday, March 22, 5:30 p.m. at Céline & Company On Broadway, 49 Broadway St. Tickets: $40.

Sébastien Lépine & ESCA Quartet

Distinguished solo cellist and composer Sébastien Lépine writes music that's sensitive yet complex, conveying a spectrum of emotions on strings. In a performance with ESCA Quartet, Lépine combines music with the art of painter Ozias Leduc in his all-new multimedia project, IMAGINATIONS 5.1. Friday, March 22, 8 p.m. at Diana Wortham Theatre, 18 Biltmore Ave. Tickets: Adult $35 / Student $30 / Child $20.

DAY 9: Saturday, March 23

Garrick Ohlsson & the Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra

The Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra performs with world-renowned guest pianist Garrick Ohlsson for Asheville Amadeus' Finale Eve concert. After the performance, which includes Edvard Greig's First Piano Concerto, Mozart's Overture to The Magic Flute and Márquez's celebrated Danzón No. 2, stay tuned for a special milk-and-cookies reception. Saturday, March 23, 2 p.m. at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, 87 Haywood St. Tickets: Adult $25 / Youth $15.

DAY 10: Sunday, March 24

Asheville Amadeus Finale Concert

Darko Butorac, conductor

Garrick Ohlsson, piano

The Asheville Amadeus Finale Concert erupts with Rachmaninoff riches, featuring Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Piano Concerto No. 2, along with Mozart's Symphony No. 25. Star pianist Garrick Ohlsson, one of the world's foremost Rachmaninoff interpreters, joins the Asheville Symphony for this technically astounding performance. Sunday, March 24, 4 p.m. at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, 87 Haywood St. Tickets: Adult $28-$93 / Youth $15.