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Brevard Music Center kicks off 81st season with performances by Sarah Siskind and Sunliner, Lee Ann Womack, Ricky Skaggs

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Some of my favorite artists are part of the Brevard Music Center’s 81st season, which kicks off with an opening night performance of Beethoven 5, conducted by Brevard Music Center’s Artistic Director Keith Lockhart on Thursday, June 22.

The BMC Presents series, which brings in musicians from outside of the classical music tradition to the Whittington Pfohl Auditorium, will feature Grammy and CMA award-winning country artist Lee Ann Womack at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 24.

“We are thrilled to bring a performer as diverse and delightful as Lee Ann Womack to the Brevard Music Center campus,” said Brevard Music Center President Mark Weinstein in a press release. “Her prodigious talent and remarkable mix of traditional country and pop are sure to inspire audiences. This special event is yet another component of what promises to be an extraordinary opening weekend to our 81st summer season.”
The last time I had the pleasure of hearing Womack perform live was on the Watson Stage at MerleFest two years ago. Her amazing voice combined with lyrics and melodies that can only come from the heart are not to be missed.
And another one of my favorite female singer-songwriters Sarah Siskind and Sunliner, featuring her husband and bandmate Travis Book of Infamous Stringdusters fame and Jeff Sipe, will open for Womack as part of the Brevard Music Festival’s Saturday Spectacular.
If you haven’t had a chance to listen to Siskind’s newest album, LOVE, released earlier this month, you need to stop reading this and buy it here.
For a preview, check out this new video filmed and directed by Two Pine State shot in Brevard, where Siskind and Book also make their home along with at least two members of the Steep Canyon Rangers.
 From June to August, the Brevard Summer Music Festival will welcome 40,000 attendees and showcase some of the most celebrated names in music from classic al superstars to pops legends to country, bluegrass, jazz and other genre blending artists for more than 80 captivating performances under the stars, according to a press release. Five hundred gifted young musicians from across the globe will gather in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to prepare and perform great musical works alongside a remarkable and distinguished faculty.
The BMC’s 2017 season also is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Artistic Director
Keith Lockhart and in addition to classical masterpieces like Beethoven 5 it will feature Verdi Requiem and Dvořák Cello Concerto.
For more information on BMC, visit or call (828) 862-2100.

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