Asheville Area Arts Council Presents

Live! An Asheville Arts Benefit
Asheville Symphony

SEPT 19 | 7:00 PM | PACK SQUARE PARK

Symphony in the Park: A Celebration of the Arts

Presented by Asheville Symphony

The Asheville Symphony returns to the stage in September with an orchestral community celebration in Asheville’s beautiful Pack Square Park — a much-anticipated return to live performance in which our entire region can participate. Music includes classical favorites by Gershwin, Brahms, and Copland, Broadway hits by Bernstein and Rodgers & Hammerstein, as well as music from James Bond, Star Wars, and more! This event is free and open to the public.

Past Events

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JUNE 16 | 7:30 PM | HAZEL ROBINSON AMPHITHEATRE

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Presented by Montford Park Players

Shakespeare’s most performed comedy is presented as a welcome to summer. Tickets are free. Suggested donation of $10 – $15 per person. Lawn chairs available for rent or bring your own.

Yolanda Ruban

JULY 17 | 8:00 PM | DIANA WORTHAM THEATRE

Yolanda Rabun

Presented by Wortham Center for the Performing Arts

Experience an evening of sultry soul and jazz with this rich-voiced songstress. Enjoy happy hour from 7-8 p.m. prior to the performance in the Diana Wortham Theatre. Tickets are $42.

Blvck Brillance

JULY 24 | 7:00 PM | DIANA WORTHAM THEATRE

Blvck Brilliance: A Celebration of Melanin

Presented by Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective

BLVCK BRILLIANCE, a unique, and joyful evening-length production is performed by a talented and supercharged cast of local Black dancers and a violinist. This curated evening of soulful expression and story-telling is directed and choreographed by Western North Carolina’s own international dancer and choreographer, Melvin AC Howell. BLVCK BRILLIANCE uses a variety of movement styles and music to celebrate and elaborate not on the trauma and struggles of being Black, but of the strength, resilIence, and pride Black People possess despite those things. Tickets are $20. 

BMC TV

AUG 5 | 7:00 PM | ONLINE & BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE MUSEUM + ARTS CENTER

Black Mountain College Television

Presented by Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center

A Happening meets variety show, this premiere episode of BMC-TV connects a wide range of the Asheville area’s most innovative arts businesses, performers, musicians, artists, and craftspeople. For over 25 years, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC) has bridged the history of Black Mountain College with its lasting legacy in Western North Carolina and beyond. Broadcast from the stages, studios, and streets of Asheville, BMC-TV brings together our friends and collaborators who stoke the flames of experimentation sparked at BMC. Screening party at BMCM+AC – 120 College Street, Downtown Asheville; Tune in on Vimeo, FB Live + IGTV (@bmcmuseum). FREE + Open to all. 

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AUG 11 | 7:00 PM | RABBIT RABBIT

PechaKucha Night Asheville v29: Craft Edition

Presented by Center for Craft

The Center for Craft has teamed with PechaKucha Asheville to present a program centered on craft. In PechaKucha’s signature 20 images x 20 seconds format, a dynamic lineup of speakers will take to the stage to share stories about significant craft objects and how material knowledge is honed and revealed. Tickets are $10.00.

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AUG 19 | 7:30 PM | *VENUE CHANGE: Due to rainy weather conditions this event will now be held indoors at Asheville Community Theatre* 

Summer Soundtrack

Presented by Asheville Community Theatre

A night of music under the stars at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre! Enjoy a summer evening with some of your favorite hits from Broadway and beyond performed by talented youth in our community! Free, but donations are greatly appreciated!

LEAF Downtown AVL

AUG 27 & 28 | PACK SQUARE PARK

LEAF Downtown AVL

Presented by LEAF Global Arts

LEAF Downtown connects our local communities and cultures while celebrating creativity and diversity in the heart of downtown Asheville! This special event works to further the city’s goals of equity, partnerships, and economic vitality in the greater Asheville area. More info coming soon…

Community Foundation of WNC

This series is made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina and private donors like you.

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