Jason Sandford

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The Asheville Amadeus Festival returns to town March 10-19 with an incredible line-up of music that will be showcased around town in a variety of venues.

The Asheville Symphony has partnered with dozens of community groups for events that run the gamut from casual and formal concerts to lectures, comedy, wine flights and a signature beer brewed by High Brewing Company.

Internationally renowned Grammy Award-winning violinist Midori is the festival’s headlining soloist and artist-in-residence. Another favorite performer is Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, a kid-hop artist who formerly lived in Asheville and recently won a Grammy award for his record Infinity Plus One. Here’s a quick run-down:

Asheville Amadeus 2017
Festival at a Glance

  • Festival Kickoff: Beer Release & Open House featuring music by Matt Townsend and The Wonder of the World at Highland Brewing Company. Friday, March 10, 7 p.m. Free.
  • Opening Night: Igudesman & Joo: And Now Mozart. A madcap romp showcasing musical mastery and comedic sensibility. Presented by Asheville Symphony at Diana Wortham Theatre. Saturday, March 11, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. Adult $35 / Student $30 / Child $20
  • A Wedding with Wolfgang: a concert for the whole family to enjoy. Presented by Blue Ridge Orchestra at UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. Saturday, March 11, 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. General Admission $15 / Friends of the BRO $10 / Student $5
  • Mozart & Miles: A Winning Combination, featuring NPR’s Miles Hoffman and lunch by Chef John Fleer. Presented by the Asheville Symphony Guild at Rhubarb. Monday, March 13, and Tuesday, March 14, 11 a.m. Luncheon Reservation: $50
  • Walk with Wolfgang! A progressive chamber music concert throughout downtown Asheville. Presented by Pan Harmonia at the Drhumor Building. Monday, March 13, 6 p.m. Advance $22-27 / Day-of $27-$32 / Student $11
  • Eine Kleine Kinder Musik: a series of free Kindermusik events at public libraries in Asheville with Kindermusik Maestro Yvette Odell. Dates and locations vary. Visit for more.
  • Mozart Requiem Sing-along, presented by the Asheville Symphony Chorus at First Presbyterian Church. Tuesday, March 14, 7:30 p.m. Admission $15
  • The Other Mozart by Sylvia Milo, a dramatic retelling of the forgotten story of Mozart’s sister Nannerl—a prodigy in her own right. Presented by Diana Wortham Theatre. Wednesday, March 15, and Thursday, March 16, 8 p.m. Adult $35 / Student $30 / Child $20
  • Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins, presented by NC Stage Company. March 15 –
    April 2. Tickets $17 – $40
  • Austrian Wine Flight Night presented by Santé Wine Bar & Tap Room. Thursday, March 2, and Thursday, March 16, 7 p.m. $16 per person (excluding tax and gratuity)
  • Jerusalem Quartet, presented by the Asheville Chamber Music Series at Diana Wortham Theatre. Friday, March 17, 8 p.m. General Admission $40 / Youth $5
  • Mozart March Madness, a dual celebration of the Asheville Choral Society’s 40th season and the Asheville Amadeus festival. Presented by the Asheville Choral Society at Central United Methodist Church. Friday, March 17, 7:30 p.m. Adult advance $20 / Adult at door $25 / Youth $10
  • Midori and the Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra with special guests from MusicWorks! Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. Saturday, March 18, 2 p.m. Adult $20 / Youth $10
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo Album Release Show for Mozartistic at The Orange Peel. Sunday, March 19, 2:30 p.m. General Admission $10 / Ticket & CD $15 / Kids Under 3 Free
  • Asheville Amadeus Finale Concert featuring violinist Midori with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and Asheville Symphony Chamber Chorus. Under the direction of Daniel Meyer. Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. Sunday, March 19, 3 p.m. Adult $28–$93 / Youth $15–$35
Asheville Amadeus events are individually ticketed. A full schedule of festival events and ticket purchase details are available at


Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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