Ted McIrvine

Edward C. McIrvine

Ted McIrvine used his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Cornell University during a career that included research management, academic administration and consulting. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, an elected Fellow of the American Physical Society, and has served on the Governing Board of the American Institute of Physics.

McIrvine has published for general audiences in Scientific American and Physics Today, and on the impact of technological change on society in the 1967 book Dialogue on Technology edited by Robert Theobald. While living in Rochester, NY, McIrvine was President of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, for which he hired David Zinman as music director, negotiated the first-ever multi-year labor contract with the musicians, and stabilized the finances.

After studying piano and clarinet in his home town of Winnipeg, McIrvine decided at age 14 not to become a professional musician. At age 15, he decided not to become a journalist. However, he has rekindled those interests in retirement. He resumed piano study with Joseph Werner in Rochester and Content Sablinsky in Charlottesville, and now plays chamber music privately. From 2001 to 2008, he wrote Arts Spectrum, a weekly Sunday column on the arts in Hendersonville's Times-News. Since 2007, he has taught musical courses at the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement and studied creative writing in the Great Smokies Writing Program at UNC-Asheville. He is delighted to be reviewing events for CVNC.

Articles by Ted McIrvine:

Ain't No Mountain High Enough to Keep Motown Out

Contemporary Music, Musical Theatre Review by Ted McIrvine,  August 3, 2017

Street Scene Highlights Brevard Music Center's Kurt Weill Festival

Musical Theatre, Opera Review by Ted McIrvine,  July 27, 2017

Amernet String Quartet Features Schulhoff in BMC Concert

Chamber Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  July 17, 2017

Shostakovich's "Leningrad" Symphony at BMC

Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  July 14, 2017

At BMC: "Amerika America," According to Weill

Musical Theatre Review by Ted McIrvine,  July 12, 2017

Young Kurt Weill, Before and After Busoni Master Classes

Chamber Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  July 10, 2017

Kelly Hall-Tompkins Delights in Crossover Concert

Recital Review by Ted McIrvine,  May 19, 2017

Carolina Concert Choir in an All-Mozart Program

Choral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  April 8, 2017

Tesla Quartet Presents New Music and a Romantic Favorite

Chamber Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  March 5, 2017

Amazing Performance by Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet in Asheville

Chamber Music, Wind Ensemble Review by Ted McIrvine,  February 12, 2017

Courtney Lewis Leads ASO in Fine Concert of German Repertoire

Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  January 14, 2017

Conrad Tao and the ASO Present Copland, Diamond and Gershwin

Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  November 19, 2016

Haydn Symphony No. 88 is High Point of Brevard Camerata Concert

Chamber Orchestra Review by Ted McIrvine,  August 3, 2016

Miklós Rózsa's Piano Quintet at Brevard

Chamber Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  August 1, 2016

McDuffie, Falletta in Bernstein and Copland

Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  July 29, 2016

Preucil and Friends Excel in Fauré and Brahms

Chamber Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  July 20, 2016

BMC Faculty Exemplary in 20th Century Chamber Music

Chamber Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  June 29, 2016

Chanté Piano Trio Distinguishes Itself in Brahms

Chamber Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  March 13, 2016

Pan Harmonia: Appealing Introduction to the Bombard

Recital Review by Ted McIrvine,  February 28, 2016

Thirty-nine Young Musicians in Chamber Groups

Chamber Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  July 28, 2015

Kiffen Loomis in a Thoughtful and Mature Rachmaninoff

Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  May 2, 2015

Early American Christmas Music from the Boston Camerata*

Early Music, Vocal Ensemble Review by Ted McIrvine,  December 13, 2014

A Rave for the Carolina Concert Choir

Choral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  December 6, 2014

Jazz Standards Please the Crowd

Jazz Review by Ted McIrvine,  October 25, 2014

Celebrating the Piano at Diana Wortham Theatre

Recital Review by Ted McIrvine,  September 28, 2014

Franklin Keel Delivers a Thoughtful Solo Cello Program

Recital Review by Ted McIrvine,  September 14, 2014

Brevard Sinfonia Finishes Its Season with Brahms First

Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  August 2, 2014

At the BMC: I heard Tiffany Chang when...

Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  July 20, 2014

A Perfect Evening with the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet

Chamber Music, Wind Ensemble Review by Ted McIrvine,  February 25, 2014

Gemütlichkeit in Asheville

Chamber Orchestra Review by Ted McIrvine,  January 5, 2014

Carolina Concert Choir Presents Messiah under New Director

Choral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  December 14, 2013

Pan Harmonia Serves Up a French Feast

Chamber Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  November 10, 2013

Combined Asheville Choruses Present A German Requiem

Choral Music, Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  November 8, 2013

Christopher Tavernier in an Impressive Debut

Recital Review by Ted McIrvine,  September 21, 2013

High School Musicians at Brevard Music Festival Show Maturity

Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  August 2, 2013

Five Winning Pianists at Brevard Music Center

Recital Review by Ted McIrvine,  July 28, 2013

Virtuosic Student Concerto Soloists at Brevard Music Festival

Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  July 28, 2013

Thibaudet Plays Saint-Saëns, BMC Orchestra Plays Roman Triptych

Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  July 12, 2013

Eclectic Bassoon Recital Electrifies Audience

Chamber Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  May 12, 2013

Julie Bees Provides a Thoughtful Recital

Recital Review by Ted McIrvine,  October 23, 2012

Two Classical Piano Trios Presented at St. Matthias

Choral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  October 7, 2012

Let's Promote Music for Flute, Guitar and Bassoon Trio!

Chamber Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  September 9, 2012

Appalachian Brass Quintet in a Mostly-20th Century Concert

Chamber Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  August 12, 2012

Fourteen World Premieres by Young Composers

Contemporary Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  July 5, 2012

Bach's Easter Oratorio Presented to a Large Audience at St. Matthias

Chamber Orchestra, Choral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  May 6, 2012

Rachel Patrick Plays for AmiciMusic: You'll Hear More of Her

Recital Review by Ted McIrvine,  January 7, 2012

Hendersonville Symphony Delivers Carolina Christmas XIV

Choral Music, Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  December 9, 2011

Anna Wittstruck Delights Audience with Fine Musicianship

Chamber Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  August 14, 2011

Latin American Music Featured in Classicopia Flute Concert

Chamber Music, Recital Review by Ted McIrvine,  August 6, 2011

Liszt: A Man for All Colors

Recital Review by Ted McIrvine,  July 13, 2011

Pan Harmonia Outdoors at Pretty Place

Chamber Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  June 19, 2011

Four-Hand French Music Thrives at White Horse Black Mountain

Recital Review by Ted McIrvine,  June 3, 2011

From Vilnius to the North Carolina Mountains

Choral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  March 27, 2011

Miró Quartet Caps 2010-11 for Asheville Chamber Music

Chamber Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  March 25, 2011

Audubon Quartet Features Peter Schickele's "American Quartet"

Chamber Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  March 4, 2011

Shane Long with Asheville Choral Society

Holiday Concert Review by Ted McIrvine,  December 10, 2010

Chamber Music in an Asheville House

Recital Review by Ted McIrvine,  December 5, 2010

Keowee Chamber Music: A Fine Trio by Vivian Fine

Chamber Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  October 16, 2010

Musicke Antiqua in Concert, in Costume and in Tune

Early Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  September 19, 2010

It's a Grand Night for Singing

Orchestral Music, Vocal Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  September 3, 2010

SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS

Musical Theatre Review by Ted McIrvine,  August 27, 2010

I Solisti di Brevard Performs the High Baroque: Wassenaer Outstanding

Chamber Orchestra Review by Ted McIrvine,  August 2, 2010

Cárdenes and Murray Solo with BMC Chamber Orchestra

Chamber Orchestra Review by Ted McIrvine,  July 13, 2010

Parker String Quartet, Zaretsky World Premiere at Swannanoa Festival

Chamber Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  June 27, 2010

Signature Winds Perform Jansons and Lefebvre at St. Matthias

Chamber Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  June 6, 2010

Bartók a High Point of Concert by Opal Quartet

Chamber Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  May 23, 2010

Giannini Brass Serves Up Confections

Brass Ensemble Review by Ted McIrvine,  April 18, 2010

Carmina Burana with the Asheville Choral Society

Choral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  March 21, 2010

Purcell's Dido and Aeneas Satisfies at Early Music Festival

Early Music, Opera Review by Ted McIrvine,  March 19, 2010

Carolina Concert Choir Presents Duruflé Requiem and Other Sacred Musi

Choral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  March 13, 2010

A Wide-Ranging "Carolina Christmas" in Hendersonville

Choral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  December 11, 2009

Carolina Pro Musica: Lessons and Carols

Choral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  December 5, 2009

Belmont Abbey Chorus presents Heart-Warming Seasonal Concert

Choral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  December 4, 2009

University of North Carolina Asheville Orchestra in 18th Century Program

Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  November 22, 2009

100% Classical Program at St. Matthias Features Kevin Ayesh

Chamber Orchestra Review by Ted McIrvine,  November 1, 2009

Marina Lomazov and Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra Deliver Prokofiev

Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  October 10, 2009

Asheville Lyric Opera Soloists Show Ensemble Skills in Figaro

Opera Review by Ted McIrvine,  October 7, 2009

Brevard Philharmonic Orchestra Retrenches

Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  September 20, 2009

Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra Hails Irving Berlin

Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  September 4, 2009

Olga Kern and Brevard Music Center Orchestra in Rach 3 and Shostakovich 5

Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  August 9, 2009

All-English Program Crowned by Elgar's "Enigma Variations"

Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  August 1, 2009

Janiec, Effron, Lockhart in Strauss, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky

Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  July 26, 2009

Lockhart and Brass Stand Out in Tchaikovsky Fifth

Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  July 18, 2009

Das Lied von der Erde Benefits from Being Outdoors

Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  July 12, 2009

Rarely Performed Opera by 11-Year-Old Mozart

Opera Review by Ted McIrvine,  July 10, 2009

Preucil and Murray Excel in Kreutzer Sonata

Chamber Music, Recital Review by Ted McIrvine,  July 8, 2009

Brahms is Highlight of Swannanoa Chamber Concert

Chamber Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  July 7, 2009

Off to a Good Start at Brevard Music Center

Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  June 26, 2009

Works by Muczynski and Clearfield Are Appreciated by Keowee Audience

Chamber Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  June 14, 2009

Brevard Philharmonic Orchestra Making Progress

Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  May 17, 2009

Beethoven Ninth Saves the Evening at Asheville Masterworks Concert

Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  April 18, 2009

Cheng Featured in Chopin Concerto Diamond "Romeo and Juliet" Introduced

Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  February 14, 2009

Western Carolina Hosts Farallon Recorder Quartet

Early Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  January 31, 2009

Commendable Collaboration in Opera Carolina's Barber of Seville

Opera Review by Ted McIrvine,  January 24, 2009

Carolina Concert Choir Presents Beautiful Traditional Fare

Choral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  December 20, 2008

Asheville Choral Society Presents Six Magnificats and Twelve Drummers Drumming

Choral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  December 14, 2008

Denyce Graves Recital in Asheville Shows Thoughtful Design

Recital Review by Ted McIrvine,  December 6, 2008

Brevard Philharmonic Under Portnoy Gives a Good Nineteenth-Century Concert

Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  November 23, 2008

Kaprálová, Schulhoff and Others Remembered in Keowee Chamber Music Concert

Chamber Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  November 13, 2008

Jeremy Denk Delivers Two Revolutions in Brevard

Recital Review by Ted McIrvine,  November 9, 2008

Asheville Hears Third U.S. Performance of McCartney Oratorio

Choral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  October 12, 2008

Blue Ridge Orchestra and William Martin Reach the Public

Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  October 10, 2008

Yakov Kasman and Hendersonville Symphony Meld Minds

Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  September 27, 2008

Checking the Asheville Symphony Orchestra's Vital Signs

Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  September 20, 2008

BMC: Concerto Winners Perform Under Meyer's Sympathetic Baton

Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  August 1, 2008

Lockhart & BMC Orchestra/Chorus Provide Music Treat

Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  July 27, 2008

Llewellyn Leads BMC Orchestra in Beethoven and Mahler

Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  July 20, 2008

Díaz Trio Concentrates on Magyar Vocabulary

Chamber Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  July 14, 2008

BMC: Cárdenes and Murray Provide Food for Thought

Recital Review by Ted McIrvine,  July 9, 2008

Falletta and Josefowicz in Beethoven at BMC

Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  July 6, 2008

William Preucil in BMC Faculty Recital

Recital Review by Ted McIrvine,  July 2, 2008

Keith Lockhart & BMC Orchestra Communicate Vienna

Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  June 29, 2008

Gary Graffman in Tryon: Left-handed Masterpieces

Recital Review by Ted McIrvine,  June 22, 2008

Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra: Crossover Defined!

Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  May 17, 2008

Asheville Chamber Players Give Stirring Performance of Haydn Mass

Chamber Music, Choral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  May 4, 2008

Steven Walter Guitars Celebrated in Performance

Lecture, Recital Review by Ted McIrvine,  May 2, 2008

Stanfold Olsen Shows Versatility with Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra

Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  April 19, 2008

Well-Prepared Chorus Joins Asheville Symphony Orchestra

Choral Music, Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  April 12, 2008

Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven 5 Practicum

Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  March 1, 2008

West Coast Jazz Meets the Harlem Renaissance

Jazz Review by Ted McIrvine,  February 22, 2008

La Catrina Quartet Excels at Haydn

Chamber Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  February 17, 2008

Opal Tackles Brahms and Shostakovich

Chamber Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  January 27, 2008

Electronics Meets the Beats at UNCA

Contemporary Music, World Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  January 23, 2008

Brahms Will Provide A Test for Meyer and Asheville Symphony Orchestra

Orchestral Music Preview by Ted McIrvine,  January 21, 2008

Holiday Choral Program Fills Porter Center with Satisfaction

Choral Music, Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  December 16, 2007

"Carolina Christmas" Pleasingly Joins Chorale with Full Orchestra

Choral Music, Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  December 15, 2007

Reynolds-Miller Chorale Presents Yule Concert

Choral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  December 9, 2007

Godzilla Rescues A Mostly Unsatisfactory Concert At UNCA

Wind Ensemble Review by Ted McIrvine,  November 18, 2007

Roger Cope and Friends in Intimate Concert

Chamber Music, Recital Review by Ted McIrvine,  November 11, 2007

Asheville Symphony

Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  October 20, 2007

Keowee Chamber Players Perform at Holocaust Memorial Event

Chamber Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  October 14, 2007

Beethoven and Gypsies in Hendersonville

Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  October 13, 2007

Brevard Philharmonic: Donald Portnoy's Debut as Conductor

Orchestral Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  September 30, 2007

Quartet by Ignaz Lachner Adds Interest to St. Matthias Concert

Chamber Music Review by Ted McIrvine,  September 2, 2007