Symphonic Reflections Concert “Life Evolves; Musical Expression Endures.”

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Blue Ridge Orchestra welcomes back Music Director Milton Crotts for a “Symphonic Reflections” concert: “Life evolves; musical expression endures.” 

The Blue Ridge Orchestra ends its six-program season with a contemplative, diverse, expressive production. Designed and conducted by Milton Crotts, this performance will provide its audience members a therapeutic space of emotion and healing. The BRO will convey that the good times in life can only be fully appreciated if we acknowledge the hardships from COVID, world conflict, and daily struggles that arise. Deb Kenney, BRO’s President notes, “As a community orchestra, we are fortunate that our Music Director is a talented programmer always looking for ways to bring new experiences to our audience.”

The orchestra is delighted to have Music Director Milton Crotts back home to also conduct our final concert of the season! Crotts states, “This music invites reflection by all who experience it, beginning with the BRO Strings -- Elgar's elegant mood shifts, Mahler's intimate Adagietto, and Jessie Montgomery's provocative melodies in Strum. The program then builds emotionally as the full orchestra performs Smetana's poetic homage to the mighty River Moldau and the impassioned final movements of Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony, Pathetique- with all its awe, agony, and angst.” 

The BRO makes every effort to represent ALL talents of our world’s musicians. As introduced above, and with honor, we will celebrate Jessie Montgomery, a talented female composer and violinist of color. We will also showcase a piece by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky- though Russian by birth, he is Ukrainian by heritage and his 6th Symphony ironically gives us the channel by which to grieve Russia’s oppression over Ukraine. *

Details: May 29th, 3pm, in Lipinsky Auditorium at UNC Asheville. Tickets ($15 general admission, $10 members, $5 students). Info:, Facebook, Instagram, or call 828-782-3354. Please note that we will still strictly enforce COVID protocols: for admission into concerts one must wear a mask and show proof of vaccination or negative results from a Lab-administered Covid test within 72 hours of the event. All ticket purchasers are responsible to make sure their entire party knows the COVID protocols for entry to Lipinsky Auditorium – it is a small price to pay for the privilege of hearing live music again! By complying with these standards, you will help the BRO honor the requirements of UNC Asheville so we can continue performing for our great community of music-lovers!

*The Blue Ridge expresses their solidarity with Ukraine.  For a researched opinion, please reach out to us at

Photo Credit: Kathy Kmonicek

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