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Performing Arts

ASO’s Masterworks 5: Reborn

Embark on an exploration of Romanticism through the ages as conductor Nicholas Hersh leads the Asheville Symphony Orchestra in a program spanning more than 200 years and ranging from Beethoven to Freddie Mercury.

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Igniting That ‘Spark’ for Nature

From that moment on, I wanted to find, see, and know every bird in the area, and everything about them. This was my “spark bird”—the Rose-breasted Grosbeak—the bird that turned me into a bird watcher and ultimately into a naturalist.

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Arts Heritage

Digital Heritage Moment: Wilma Dykeman

Wilma Dykeman, an Asheville native, was a major Appalachian author. Her novels The Tall Woman, The Far Family and Return the Innocent Earth vividly evoke life in the region as it experienced rapid change between the Civil War and the 20th century.

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The Laurel of Asheville lifestyle magazineThe Laurel of Asheville lifestyle magazine is available in both print and digital editions

We are delighted you have chosen us to be your gateway—both through our popular print Asheville lifestyle magazine and our website—to the arts, culture, and communities that comprise the remarkable area that is Western North Carolina. In these pages, you will find behind-the-scenes stories about the region’s concerts, theatre and dance productions, festivals, restaurants, artists, and the multitude of locally-based businesses. We also enjoy bringing you features about the people and organizations who are caring for those in need, protecting our historic heritage, preserving our rich and diverse environment, and nurturing our cultural soul.