A Very Untraditional Tradition: The 10 day Asheville Amadeus Festival

A darling little girl playing violin

The Festival Includes Children’s Events

Once again, beginning March 15th 2019, The Asheville Symphony will host The 2019 Amadeus Festival,  a truly multi-genre Mozart-inspired festival that offers something for everybody! Featured are a Burial Beer Amadeus-inspired brew, Warren Haynes (yes THAT Warren Haynes), Rachmaninoff pianist Garrick Ohlsson, The Ballet Conservatory of Asheville, Pan Harmonia, a LaZoom Asheville Music History Tour, the world-renowned Takács Quartet and a Mozart Requiem Sing-Along, of course! But there’s more! At venues all over Asheville performances will be taking place, featuring things that the creators of the festival believe Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart would have loved, and we love them too!

People tasting fine Austrian wines

Taste Austrian Wines as well as local craft beer

As always, in Asheville it begins with craft beer. The Festival starts Friday with a Kickoff Beer Release & Open House at Burial Beer’s South Slope taproom. Local artists, musicians and chefs will be there to help you celebrate The Righteous and Barbaric Souls imperial Stout inspired by Mozart’s “lavish and profound” life and work. 

Warren Haynes takes the stage on March 16th, 2019 with a symphonic rock performance, “Dreams and Songs- A Symphonic Experience”. Haynes is joined by the Asheville Symphony along with Oteil Burbridge on bass John Medeski on keyboards and Jeff Sipe on drums. We are so lucky that Asheville born Haynes returns to his home town to perform so often, putting on the Christmas Jam every December to benefit Habitat for Humanity and now to help us celebrate the Asheville Symphony and all things Mozart.

Large chorus performing in front of a grand organThe Festival is celebrating Rachmaninoff this year and Sunday brings you Ballet with Bach and Rach featuring new works of neoclassical ballet interpreting the works of these two composers. Sunday also brings you a child-friendly concert “Mozart, Mountains & Mickey Mouse” at UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium, and “Mixtapes: The Lounge Sessions” at Isis Music Hall. The Opal String Quartet has created a live mixtape of Maurice Ravel, Philip Glass and The Flaming Lips!

Monday you can take a musical walking tour of Asheville, “Pas de Deux” with pairs of Pan Harmonia musicians playing a progressive chamber concert along Biltmore Avenue and ending up at Capella on 9 for stargazing, tapas and drinks.

Tuesday, March 19th enjoy the Takács Quartet with star pianist Garrick Ohlsson perform Haydn, Mendelssohn and Amy Beach at the Diana Wortham Theatre or take in a musical history tour with our own quirky “LaZoom” bus tours comedy troupe.

Members of the audience singing from a music score

Requiem Sing-Along

Friday, solo cellist and chamber musician Sébastien Lépine & ESCA Quartet present a multimedia project at the Diana Wortham Theatre. The week continues with rowdy drinking songs with the Asheville Choral Society at Wicked Weed’s Funkatorium, Austrian Wine Flight Night at the new Forestry Camp Restaurant and Bar, a special showing of Shine at the Grail Moviehouse, more kid-friendly event, talks, panel discussions, a fashion show and the fun for all Mozart Requiem sing-along, a must for any Amadeus Festival.

The Amadeus Finale Concert on Sunday, March 24th has been described as “musical gluttony” with two pieces by Rachmaninoff performed by Garrick Ohlsson, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Piano Concerto No. 2. A 32-foot stage extension makes seating on the stage possible for this grand finale.

All photos compliments of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and Evan Anderson.

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