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Asheville Symphony: MASTERWORKS 5 Carmen

March 15, 2025 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Darko Butorac, conductor

Lissie Shanahan, flute
Rebekah Hou, harp

Many 20th-century composers were approached to reinvent Bizet’s Carmen as a ballet, but only Shchedrin accepted the challenge; instead of struggling to outshine the legendary opera, he embraced Bizet’s work and re-formed it into a modern, percussion-centric ballet suite. The suite is written for strings, vibraphone, temple blocks, castanets, tam-tams, and more to bring the beloved melodies of Carmen to life in unexpected ways with daring ingenuity. Paired with the Carmen Suite is Montgomery’s Strum!; drawing on American folk idioms and inspired by the spirit of dance, Strum! begins with a fleeting nostalgia and transforms into ecstatic celebration. Rounding out the program is Mozart’s Parisian concerto for the unique and delightful pairing of flute and harp.

Montgomery: Strum!

Mozart: Concerto for Flute, Harp, and Orchestra

Bizet / Shchedrin: Carmen Suite


March 15, 2025
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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First Baptist Church of Asheville
5 Oak Street
Asheville, NC 28801 United States
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