Performing Arts

Asheville Choral Society: 40 Years of Music

As the Asheville Choral Society (ACS) celebrates its 40th season, it welcomes a new executive director and heralds an exciting lineup of music.

Laurel Ahrnsbrak, an experienced nonprofit consultant, became the organization’s executive director in December. “Though I’ve been with ACS for just two months, I’ve been so energized by the programming and community that ACS offers,” she says. “From classical arrangements to contemporary choral pieces, these singers are adventurous!”

As part of the Asheville Amadeus Festival, ACS will present a concert titled Mozart March Madness on Friday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Central United Methodist Church in Asheville. The chorus of more than 100 members will perform Vivaldi’s Lauda Jerusalem, selections from Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor, gospel and American folk favorites and a newly commissioned work from composer Matt Wetmore. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, with student tickets available for $10.

On Thursday, March 23, at 7 p.m., the group will host HamiltunesAVL 2, A Hamilton Musical Singalong at the Fine Arts Theatre. ACS recommends purchasing tickets for $10 as soon as they go on sale through the Fine Arts Theatre in Asheville. The ACS joins voices with the Asheville Symphony Chorus on Saturday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m., at the Arden Presbyterian Church, for Light and Life (European Concert Tour Preview). Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students.

“The two concerts emerging for this spring promise to offer beautiful and thought-provoking music,” says Ahrnsbrak.

To learn more or order tickets in advance, visit or call 828.232.2060.

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