March 15-24, 2019
Each March, the Asheville Symphony presents 10 days of multi-genre events and concerts for all tastes and ages at multiple venues for the Asheville Amadeus Festival. Included in the 30 events are collaborations with many arts groups - often paired with drinks and food. Guest artists include Grammy award-winning rock guitarist Warren Haynes and Rach pianist Garrick Ohlsson. In addition to a symphonic rock concert, enjoy ballet, beer releases, choral concerts, fun history tours, movies and more. See the complete schedule below!
The festival begins and ends with big concerts downtown at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. On Saturday, March 16, Asheville Amadeus jams on stage with “Warren Haynes Presents: Dreams & Songs – A Symphonic Journey". 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.
Ticket prices range from free to $93, depending on the event. Go to their Web site for details. For more information, call the Asheville Symphony office, Monday-Friday, 10 AM-4 PM at 828-254-7046.
Asheville Amadeus 2019 Festival Schedule
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.
Saturday, March 16 (16th SOLD OUT) March 17th Show Added
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.
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.
Monday, March 18
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).
Tuesday, March 19
LaZoom: Asheville Music History Tour
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.
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.
Thursday, March 21
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.
Friday, March 22
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.
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.
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.
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.
Go to their Web site for details and purchase instructions for individual events.