Celebrate Labor Day With A Free Concert in the Park

Celebrate Labor Day With A Free Concert in the Park
Celebrate the Labor Day holiday with an amazing show from the Asheville Symphony Orchestra in downtown Asheville. This event was very popular last year and promises to be just as exciting this year. Full press release follows:

To celebrate Labor Day, Asheville Symphony Orchestra and the Pack Square Park Conservancy are joining forces to stage a free public concert with several deluxe options from the various producers of the event, including Asheville Lyric Opera, available for a reasonable consideration. Last year’s concert was extremely well received, and was attended by an estimated crowd of nearly 7,000 people according to Gary Giniat, executive director of the conservancy at the time. This year, Asheville Lyric Opera will add another layer to the experience for a limited number of people who respond while space is available for the “Party on the Terrace.” 

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Asheville Lyric Opera general and artistic director David Starkey has chosen Biltmore Catering to furnish wine and hors d’oeuvres at One North Pack inside the familiar mirror-sided Biltmore Building (known also as the Merrill Lynch Building) beside the iconic Vance Monument. Ticket holders will be able to view the concert from the building’s rooftop terrace. “We invite the entire community to consider participating by purchasing limited reserved seating tickets to enjoy this exclusive opportunity, and be refreshed by the finest food and beverage from what is certainly the most beautiful view of the park. We guarantee the most acoustically perfect experience anyone will be able to enjoy,” Starkey said. Apart from superlative rooftop and ground floor seating, privileges that come with the “Party on the Terrace” include reserved parking, air conditioning (inside), handicap accessibility, and indoor restrooms. “We’re thrilled that Asheville Lyric Opera chose us for the venue to cater their event. I really hope they have a wonderful experience,” said Kathleen Mosher, director of communication for Biltmore.


The Labor Day concert will be performed from the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage, conducted by the inimitable maestro Daniel Meyer and is really a kickoff for the 2011-2012 Asheville Symphony Orchestra concert season. Featured soloists from Asheville Lyric Opera will include international soprano Jennifer Davison, and tenor Scott Joiner, singing selections from “West Side Story” and “Kismet,” according to the symphony.


Symphony executive director Steven Hageman said, “Following up on the success of last year’s inaugural event, we’re excited to offer another free Labor Day concert in the park, and hope to continue the tradition in the future.” This year, gourmet fare from some of your favorite Asheville Independent Restaurants will be available to purchase in the park, as well as wine and Highland Brewery beer after 5:00 p.m. according to the conservancy.


The concert will begin with our national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner,” at 7:00 p.m. and continue for 90 minutes of utter symphonic bliss. Other patriotic selections on the programme include “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “Victory at Sea,” “Armed Forces Salute,” and “Stars and Stripes Forever.” Devotees of the classical repertoire will enjoy hearing “Hungarian Dances,” by Johannes Brahms. Other selections come from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Kismet,” and “Oklahoma!” by Rodgers and Hammerstein.


People who plan to watch from the expansive lawn are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs. At six and-a-half acres there is plenty of room at Pack Square Park for everybody, but the Symphony is offering some attractive alternatives. A V.I.P. pre-concert reception will be held at the nearby Renaissance Hotel. This package begins with beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres, and includes preferred seating and free parking. Visit the Asheville Symphony Orchestra website at www.AshevilleSymphony.org or call 828-254-7046 for more information about the concert and to purchase $60 tickets for the V.I.P. package, or reserved seating close to the orchestra for only $20 per seat. Tickets must be purchased by September 1st. Proceeds from these will be shared by the symphony and the conservancy.


To learn more about Pack Square Park Conservancy, or to make a contribution, visit www.PackSquarePark.org or contact them at 828-252-2300. For tickets to the “Party on the Terrace,” visit the Asheville Lyric Opera website at www.AshevilleLyric.org or call 828 236-0670. The “Party on the Terrace” is a fundraiser, and proceeds from the party will support the opera company. This event is made possible through partnership with BMW of Asheville. Find out more about this constant supporter of the Arts in Western North Carolina at www.BMWofAsheville.com.

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