This week we salute our non-profit client the Asheville Symphony. Founded in 1960 by a group of volunteer musicians—passionate performers who wished to share the classics, and their talents, with the community—over the next ten years this program continued to grow, eventually establishing its home at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.
It wasn’t until the late 70’s that the Symphony was able to pay its performers. They hired their first full-time resident conductor, Robert Hart Baker, in 1980 and enjoyed a period of growth and popularity under his direction. After his retirement in 2004, they set up a strenuous hiring process, going through hundreds of applications to settle on the right individual for this position, Daniel Meyer. Today, Darko Butorac is the third music director, as of September 2018.
Another key aspect to this outstanding organization is the Symphonettes. This high school girls’ service club greets each guest as they arrive at the performance with a program and a smile. Introducing high-schoolers to the magical symphony creates an appreciation for classical music while serving their community. Other related programs are the Asheville Symphony Chorus, Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra, Asheville MusicWorks, Symphony Talk, and Music in the Schools.
Through their mission of "promoting and performing symphonic music for the enjoyment and education of residents in Western North Carolina", the Asheville Symphony hits all the right notes, embracing art, creativity, and imagination in a special way. Check out their upcoming concerts here.