Brevard Philharmonic Announces 2017-18 Season

With 54 applicants of the highest caliber from orchestras all over the world whittled down to four, Brevard Philharmonic is ready to announce its most exciting season to date. Artistic Director Search Season will open with the first concert and the first conductor candidate on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 3 p.m. at the Porter Center at Brevard College.

Each program has been designed to showcase the gifts of each conductor candidate, while at the same time giving the audience a dynamic, varied, delightful music experience.

“What the search committee has been through so far is nothing compared to the decision we are going to have to sit down and make in April,” said Jan Hart, Philharmonic board member and chair of the Search Committee. “The really challenging work begins now. All four candidates are so strong.”

To get to this point, the committee has been in high gear since February. Behind the scenes, they tackled writing the job profile, posting the profile for maximum exposure, and filtering through 54 cover letters, resumes, video links and sample programs.

When they had nine candidates still standing, it was time for the question, “Here are the terms. Are you still interested?”

“The most energizing and positive thing I got out of the search experience was the awareness of how many people want to be a part of this orchestra organization,” said Hart. “They all said ‘yes’.” The committee, made up of board members, musicians and community members/season ticket holders, moved forward with in depth telephone interviews which brought them to their final four. “In the end, we are looking for a candidate who creates a strong connection with the audience, the musicians and the community,” said Hart.

The final recommendation will be made to the board in April after all conductor candidates have each directed a concert, using their choice of music, as part of the Brevard Philharmonic’s season.

Artistic Director Search Season single tickets will go on sale Sept. 1. In addition to having the opportunity to experience concerts directed by four superb conductors, the Philharmonic will continue its reputation for booking stellar guest artists who offer memorable performances all season long. Here is the 2017-2018 season lineup:

October 15, 2017

“A Twist of Faith”

  • Conductor: Cornelia Laemmli Orth
  • Music Director/ Conductor, Symphony of the Mountains, Kingsport, Tenn.
  • Program: Beethoven – Leonore Overture No.3; Mendelssohn – Symphony No.5; and Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto.
  • Guest Artist: Aleksey Semenenko, violin

November 12, 2017

“World Celebration”

  • Conductor: Nick Palmer
  • Music Director/ Conductor, North Charleston POPS! and Music Director/Conductor, Lafayette Symphony, Lafayette, Ind.
  • Program: arr. John Williams-Star Spangled Banner; Shostakovich – Festive Overture; Tchaikovsky –Variation on a Rococo Theme; op.33, Rossini – Italian in Algiers Overture; and Schumann – Symphony#4, in d minor.
  • Guest Artist: Sang-Eun Lee, cello

December 3, 2017

“Classic Christmas”

March 4, 2018

A Noble Endeavor

  • Conductor: Charles Jones Evans
  • Music Director/ Conductor, The Long Bay Symphony, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  • Program: Walton – Crown Imperial Corona-tion March; Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor; Strauss – Emperor Waltzes; Stravinsky – Firebird Suite.
  • Guest Artist: David Gross, piano

April 8, 2018

Free Spirits

  • Conductor: James Fellenbaum
  • Resident Conductor, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Director of Orchestras, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Program: Straus, Jr. – Overture to Die Fledermaus; Bruch – Violin Concerto No.1; Dvorak – Symphony No.8.
  • Guest Artist: Jennifer Frautschi, violin

The Brevard Philharmonic is a non-profit organization comprised of local and regional musicians, presenting five concerts annually at Brevard College’s Porter Center for the Performing Arts. Its mission is to foster in the community and in our schools an appreciation for classical music and the performing arts.

Individual tickets are $25 to $35 per concert. Season tickets for all five concerts will be on sale to the public on August 1st. Call (828) 884-4221 for details or visit