Arts and Culture

Brevard Music Center

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, the Brevard Music Center (BMC) has been providing young musicians with the opportunity to develop their talents for sixty-eight years. Each summer more than 400 students, ages 14 through post-college, join professional musicians to eat, breathe and sleep music for seven weeks. In addition to a rigorous schedule of instruction, students collaborate with faculty and guest artists in more than eighty public performances. The combination of studying with distinguished professional musicians and an intense performance schedule sets the Brevard Music Center apart from other summer music institutions and gives students the opportunity to understand the world of a professional musician.

The Porter Center

Inaugurated in 1998, the Porter Center for Performing Arts at Brevard College has quickly earned a reputation as one of the finest performance halls in the South. Named for North Carolina businessman and Brevard College Life Trustee Paul Porter, the Porter Center’s acclaimed concert series has brought in some of the world’s most talented musicians in a dizzying array of styles – from Doc Watson to Herbie Hancock, from Harry Belafonte to the Emerson String Quartet, from Leahy to the Afro-Cuban All-Stars – to perform in an acoustically pristine setting.

The Porter Center’s Scott Concert Hall has seating for 700 (that’s 500 on the main floor, 200 in the balcony), superlative acoustics and unobstructed sightlines. The large stage can house a full symphony, yet it can be intimate enough for a solo piano recital.

Its visual centerpiece is the glorious $1.2-million Kirkpatrick-Coleman Pipe Organ, a world-class instrument designed by master organ-builder Daniel Jaeckel, featuring three manual divisions, 69 ranks and 3,539 pipes.

In addition to its acclaimed concert series, the Porter Center is also the main performance space for Brevard College students from the Music and Theatre Departments, a campus meeting space, and a gathering spot for some of the groups that populate Transylvania County’s amazingly rich cultural scene – the Brevard Philharmonic, Brevard Little Theatre, Brevard Community Band, Transylvania Choral Society and more.

Brevard Little Theatre

Brevard Little Theatre is the Official Community Theater of Transylvania County, NC. It's An All-Volunteer Community Service and is now in its 57th Season

Transylvania Community Arts Council (TC Arts)

The Transylvania Community Arts Council (TC Arts) is a nonprofit organization with the mission: "To enhance the quality of life in Transylvania County by celebrating and nurturing the creative spirit of artists, youth and individuals throughout the County."

TC Arts has been providing Arts-In-Schools for more than 25 years and host more than 10 art exhibits a year at their gallery located at 349 S. Caldwell Street. To learn more about the TC Arts Council and membership go to www.tcarts.org. To learn more about the arts of Transylvania County go to www.artsofbrevard.org. 828-884-ARTS (2787).

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