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Asheville Arts Center

Asheville Arts Center

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308 Merrimon Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801
828.253.4000 main
828.253.4444 fax

Office Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

A school based on unlimited opportunities for students of all ages to explore their interests in music, dance and drama. We foster a love and appreciation for the arts through student-teacher relationships, which encourage and help you excel at your dream. We offer high-quality instruction and educational experiences because we are committed to the art of teaching and the teaching of the arts. It is our hope to build art and awareness in the community and provide a "home" for families to pursue their dreams.


Asheville Civic Center

Asheville Civic Center

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87 Haywood Street
Asheville, North Carolina, 28801
(828) 259-5544

Mon-Fri 10 am - 5:00 pm, Sat.10 am - 1 pm, Event Days 2 hrs. prior to event
Call or visit website for event rates.

Visit our Asheville Civic Center page for more info.

This prominent focal point of downtown Asheville is home to many cultural events including knife and gun shows, sports tournaments, major art conventions and trade shows, concerts, comedians, symphonies, ice skating, and much more. The Civic Center houses a 7,654-seat multi-purpose arena, and the beautiful Thomas Wolfe Auditorium where the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and the Asheville Bravo Concerts take place. Visit our Asheville Civic Center page for detailed information.

Asheville Symphony

Asheville Symphony

The passion and skill of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra adds a bit of class and distinction to a city that accepts the honor like it accepts all of its other greatness, with open arms. Their creativity and energy have produced "impassioned and beautiful performances," and the Asheville Community is lucky enough to be the receiving symphony audience.

Visit our Asheville Symphony Orchestra page for detailed information.

Asheville Bravo Concerts

Asheville Bravo Concerts

Begun in 1932 the Asheville Bravo Concerts are still committed to their original mission of, “presenting the best the world has to offer, right here in Western North Carolina!” Whether you are an operetta, orchestra, choir, ballet, or dance aficionado you will not be let down with the excellence that is consistently brought to our wonderful city by Asheville Bravo Concerts.
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Asheville Community Theatre (ACT)

Asheville Community Theatre (ACT)

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35 East Walnut Street
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 254-1320

Box Office Open Mon-Fri 12:00 - 4:00
Adults $20-$22, Seniors $18-$20, Students $10.

The Asheville Community Theatre got its start back on June 12, 1946 with a small notice in the local paper. Today Asheville proudly calls the ACT it’s longest running community theatre group. They provide marvelous productions ranging from mystery to comedy, and everything in between. In addition to excellent performances, the ACT provides theatre classes, costume and equipment rentals, and even a Community Outreach program.


Asheville Choral Society

Asheville Choral Society

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PO Box 7112
Asheville, NC 28802-7112
(828) 232-2060

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Called "Asheville's finest chorus" by Classical Voice of North Carolina, the Asheville Choral Society brings innovative, challenging choral masterpieces to its Western North Carolina audience. This auditioned, volunteer nonprofit chorus of 120 voices has been led since 2000 by Music Director Lenora Thom, an accomplished professional known for her creative programming and artistic passion in rehearsals and performances alike. Currently in its 4rd decade, the ACS presents three concert programs each season (two classical and one "pops"), often accompanied by orchestra and accomplished guest soloists. As noted by Rapid River Arts and Culture Magazine, "You'll never forget one of their concerts." Visit the Asheville Choral Society website (http://www.ashevillechoralsociety.org) for more information about this group and its current season's concert programs.


BeBe Theater & The New Studio of Dance

BeBe Theater & The New Studio of Dance

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20 Commerce Street
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 254-2621

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The BeBe Theater is a small black box theater that delights audiences with experimental and modern dance and theater. Located in downtown Asheville, this growing artistic strength was once considered a hole in the wall, and best kept Asheville secret.

Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater

Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater

The Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater was founded in 1979 and sets the precedent as Asheville’s first modern dance company. With a strong belief in the community, the ACDT has had an important role in the revitalization of downtown, but more importantly in the health of it’s community. Through creation and production, the ACDT strives to reach out to all generations and teach that all activities in life are dance or art and can be done with excellence and passion. Their repertoire is diverse, uninhibited, and “reflects both traditional and experimental forms of modern dance.” This author has been touched over the years by the strength, love, and readiness of the ACDT to push the envelope to really move their audiences.
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Brevard Music Center

Brevard Music Center

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P.O. Box 312
349 Andante Lane
Brevard, NC 28712
(828) 862-2105 or (888) 384-8682

Prices range from free to $30 or more, call or visit their website for event rates.

For over sixty-eight years, the Brevard Music Center (BMC) has been affording tenderfoot musicians with the opportunity to cultivate their talents. In the summer months more than 400 teenagers, "join professional musicians to eat, breathe and sleep music for seven weeks." Collaborating with faculty and guest artists, students adhere to a rigorous schedule of instruction and take part in more than eighty public performances, burgeoning their confidence along with providing the area a chance to enjoy many new talents. The Brevard Music Center distinguishes itself from other such institutions by allowing their students the chance to catch a glimpse of and take part in the world of professional music, through the combination of studying with distinguished professional musicians and an intense performance schedule.


Capoeira Asheville

Capoeira Asheville

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89 Thompson St, Biltmore Village,
Asheville, NC 28803
(828) 712-4013

Classes are $100/month, $60 6-class card or drop-in rate of $12. Rodas are held 2nd and 4th Sat. of the month.

Part fight, part dance and part game, capoeira is a fun and beautiful activity that features acrobatic movements and traditional African-Brazilian music. The Capoeira Asheville group was founded in 2007 by the Brazilian master Mestre Pe de Chumbo and offers the Asheville community classes, events and performances in the traditional Afro-Brazilian art of capoeira. The group is well known for their engaging dance performances at Prichard Park, their lively demonstrations at Bele Chere, and their spontaneous street performances throughout Asheville. Through classes, performances and outreach the group seeks to promote mental, physical and spiritual well-being while preserving a the traditional cultural art form of capoeira Angola.


Diana Wortham Theatre

Diana Wortham Theatre

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2 South Pack Square
Asheville, North Carolina 28801
(828) 257-4530

Call or visit website for rates. Tickets can be purchased at their website.

Located in the heart of Asheville’s vivacious downtown, this venue is thrumming to the heartbeat of the city with an exceptionally “dramatic and sophisticated,” and always diverse spectrum of performing arts. The Diana Wortham Theatre hosts a myriad of acts ranging from world renowned dance troupes to locally grown theatre productions. They have a Mainstage Season that runs September through May, and all performances are enjoyed in a comfortably, intimate 500-seat theatre with exceptional acoustics and sightlines.

Asheville Lyric Opera

Asheville Lyric Opera

The Asheville Lyric Opera, through the vision of David Craig Starkey, endeavors to blend national and international operatic talent with Asheville's rich artistic base, while giving back to the community through education and community involvement. Most importantly this company strives to preserve this rare and beautiful art form.
Visit the Asheville Lyric Opera's website.


The Feral Chihuahuas

The Feral Chihuahuas

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The Asheville Arts Center
308 Merrimon Avenu, Asheville, NC 28804

Summer 2009: 8 pm - July 3rd, 4th, 17th, 18th, 31st, August 1st, 13th, and 14th.

The Feral Chihuahuas sketch comedy troupe perform regularly in the summers in Asheville. They've been an Asheville staple for 7 years and continue to bring fresh original comedy every show. Drawing from several different styles, the Feral Chihuahuas love to create sketch comedy with social and political commentary, absurdism, satire and even existentialism. Their biggest influences are disparate but notable and include: Monty Python, Mr. Show, Upright Citizen’s Brigade, Kids in the Hall and numerous other non traditional sources. With a nod to Lenny Bruce, they are also known to push the bounds of comedy to at times an offensive level. Not without a purpose, a message is often embedded in even the most disturbing moments. Working hard not to skimp on production value, a Chihuahuas shows is always a multimedia affair; complete with live sketches, detailed sound effects, elaborate costumes, music, well crafted video sketches, songs and yes, they own lots of wigs.


Flat Rock Playhouse

Flat Rock Playhouse

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2661 Greenville Highway
Flat Rock, NC 28731
(828) 693-0731


Prices range from $12 - $32. Call of visit their website for complete pricing.

Officially designated as The State Theatre of North Carolina in 1961, the Flat Rock Playhouse made their illustrious start with a short summer session of performances and has grown into an eight month season of “Broadway musicals, comedy, drama, and theatre for young audiences.” The Playhouse is dedicated to not only producing the performing arts, but also in educating future generations to carry on their legacy. They enrich the community by providing college apprentice and intern programs and year-round classes and workshops. “The Flat Rock Playhouse hosts over 80,000 patrons annually” in its quaint, yet state of the art barn-like facility. The Playhouse is located just outside of Hendersonville, 29 miles south of Asheville.


Future of Tradition Center for Folkloric Arts

Future of Tradition Center for Folkloric Arts

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129 Roberts Street
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 232-2980

Visit their website for event rates, class schedules, and calendar of events.

The Future of Tradition Center for Folkloric Arts, draws from the energy of its River District local. It is a community mover and shaker, endeavoring to foster “awareness of and respect for the relevance that the artistic traditions of diverse world cultures can have in our contemporary lives.” Inspiration, education, special events, multicultural arts extravaganzas, movement classes, studio space, and more can be found under one roof. The Center hopes that by having so many diversely ethical arts in one place that the combined energy will stimulate the community into a deep respect for folkways that are our heritage, a heritage that should be "treasured, adapted, and passed on to generations to come."


The Montford Park Players

The Montford Park Players

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Montford Community Complex
Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 254-5146

Free. Donations accepted. Visit their website for directions and performance schedule.

Birthed in 1973, and being North Carolina’s longest running Shakespeare festival is nothing to scoff at, not to mention the fact that The Montford Park Players' have been performing free of charge only accepting donations all these years. The original purpose of The Montford Park Players was to bring Shakespeare and other classic plays to the mountains of Western North Carolina, and they bring it year after year. Holding onto the deep belief that Shakespeare is a crucial part of our common heritage, the company sets out to make their plays accessible for everyone to experience, and have continued to fulfill this, "important need in the performing arts community: providing quality productions of classic drama in an authentic outdoor setting."


NC Stage Company

NC Stage Company

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33 Haywood Street
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 350-9090

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With a mission to enrich the cultural life of Western North Carolinians, the North Carolina Stage Company provides a year-round professional theatre season. They employ theater professionals in order to provide the best talent for every production. Although, they have a wide range of plays, NCSC focuses on the classics, and has an arts education program called “Stages,” not to mention for each production they sponsor a “Pay-What-You-Can” night in order to include people in every walk of Asheville life.


OxyMorons Improv Comedy Troupe

OxyMorons Improv Comedy Troupe

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Locations Vary

Free. Donations accepted. Visit their website for performance schedule.

The mission statement of the OxyMorons Improv Troupe could mostly like be summed up into this, “we want to make you laugh.” With thousands of loyal Asheville fans, the OxyMorons have been doing just that since 2002. Improvisational humor is the name of the game and every comedy experience is sure to be a very unique one.


Southern Appalachian Repertory Theater

Southern Appalachian Repertory Theater

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Owen Theatre at Mars Hill College
100 Athletic Street
Mars Hill, NC 28754
(828) 689-1239

Ticket prices range from $25-$28. Season tickets available. Call or visit their website for more info.

With particular emphasis on “works that reflect, identify, celebrate, and educate about the rich cultural heritage of the Southern Appalachian region,” the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theater grants prospects for audiences and theatre professionals alike to take pleasure in and assimilate from the highest quality stage productions. In an area considered economically and culturally deprived, SART has aimed to produce quality theater productions, enriching Mars Hill, where the Theater is currently located. In 2002, SART became financially independent of Mars Hill College and today they offer Youth Theater Summer Camp and put on an annual ScriptWorks Playwrights Conference.


UNC-Asheville

UNC-Asheville

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1 University Heights
Asheville, NC 28804
(828)251-6600

Prices vary depending on venue. Many events are free.

Being the heart of "liberal arts" education and higher learning in Western North Carolina, it is no surprise that UNC-Asheville is also a center for the performing arts. By striving to educate students in the arts, UNC-Asheville has created several venues that can be enjoyed by all.

Carol Belk Theater - Located on the Campus of UNCA

Carol Belk Theater

Home to the UNCA theater department, the Carol Belk Theater plays host to many wonderful productions each year. Many shows are completely produced, directed, acted, and even written by students, while others are collaborative community efforts. The theater's 200 seats create a full circle around the stage to create an intimate theater experience that allows the audience to connect with the performers in a way that is impossible in larger venues.
Visit the UNC-Asheville theater website.
The general admission rate is $10.

Concerts on the Quad - Located on the Campus of UNCA

Concerts on the Quad

In the comfortable evening of the Asheville summer delight your ears with the music of Concerts on the Quad. Performances are family oriented, and feature local musicians ranging from Bluegrass to Classical music. Commencing at 7:00 pm, enjoy these Monday evening performances during June and early July.
Visit the Concerts on the Quad website.
Free

Lipinski Auditorium - Located on the Campus of UNCA

Lipinski Auditorium

UNC-Asheville's main assembly hall, Lipinski Auditorium, hosts many wonderful events that are open to the public. The spectrum of events appearing on the stage at Lipinski are as diverse as the students who call UNCA home. Concerts, plays, cultural performances, famous guest speakers, and comedians are just a few examples of what you can find at Lipinski.
Visit UNC-Asheville master events calendar.
Prices vary by event. Some events are free.


Warren Wilson Theatre

Warren Wilson Theatre

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Warren Wilson College North Entrance - Directions
Warren Wilson Road
Swannanoa, NC 28778
(828) 771-3041

Tickets are free for all area students, $5 for senior citizens and Warren Wilson grads, and $10 for all others.

The Theatre Department at Warren Wilson College -- a residential, college with a unique program of academics, work and service -- strives to create exciting and interesting theater for the community at exceptionally affordable prices. We produce a full season of theatrical events that are open to the public. Projects include faculty directed and ensemble-devised productions, a bi-annual musical, annual majors projects and special performances of course work in acting, directing, dance and Butoh. Most performances take place in Kittredge Theatre on the Warren Wilson College Campus in Swannanoa, NC.


 

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