From renowned art exhibits to nationally recognized theater productions, from a local film society to musical organizations that welcome community participation, Hendersonville and Henderson County offer many cultural opportunities and events throughout the year.
The Arts Council of Henderson County
2700A Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock
A community organization, the Arts Council of Henderson County promotes, advocates for and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and Western North Carolina. The Council offers and supports art education, exhibitions, events and performances. The Arts Council partners with Blue Ridge Community College and First Citizens Bank to present visual art exhibitions featuring local and regional artists and art of the county’s students and art teachers. The Council also presents performances and events, including Art on Main, an outdoor fine art and fine crafts fair now in its 60th year. The Council is a Designated County Partner with the North Carolina Arts Council, administering grants to Henderson County nonprofit arts organizations and regional artists. In addition, the Council serves Henderson County children through the Artists-in-Schools program funded in part by Henderson County. The Arts Council also regularly conducts art and architecture tours of downtown Hendersonville.
Art League of Henderson County
POBox 514, Hendersonville
After more than five decades, the Art League of Henderson County continues to engage and encourage its nearly 100 members at all skill levels working in all media. ALHC hosts quarterly meetings featuring guest-artist demonstrations or other presentations and arranges gallery space where members may exhibit their work. On the second Sunday of each month beginning in January, then April, July and October, the league hosts a half-hour meet-and-greet appetizer/dessert reception from 1:30 to 2 pm, then a concise business meeting followed by a teaching demonstration by a professional artist or sponsor. ALHC provides educational support to local schools and student artists along with support for the Hendersonville Open Studio Tour and the downtown ArtScape banner project.
Carolina Concert Choir
The Carolina Concert Choir is a 50-member choir under the direction of Artistic Director and Conductor Dr. Michael Lancaster with Dr. Vance Reese serving as their accompanist. Comprised of auditioned singers from Hendersonville, Asheville, Sylva, Brevard and upstate South Carolina, their repertoire includes a mix of classical choral and choral/symphonic compositions and lighter fare, including popular favorites at their concerts. The Carolina Concert Choir performs a winter concert the first weekend of December and a spring concert the third weekend of April and also periodically performs with the Hendersonville Symphony and Brevard Philharmonic orchestras and at other venues like the Grove Park Inn. The Carolina Concert Choir sponsors the annual All-County Honors chorus for aspiring middle and high school students which concludes with a concert the third weekend in November. Information about auditions, concert performances and tickets can be found on their website and Facebook page.
This group of 50 to 70 members sings all varieties of music from classics to show tunes. Singers include every age group and skill level. The chorale prides itself on its welcoming camaraderie and shared love of song. Directed byMichael Stephen Brannon, the chorale prepares and performs two concerts each year in the spring and fall.
Hendersonville Community Band
PO Box 194, Hendersonville
The Hendersonville Community Band has been committed to playing and sharing music with the community since 1991. HCB consists of 75 amateur and professional musicians of all ages.UnderConductor and Director Winford Franklin, the band performs four concerts a year in the fall, at holiday time and in the spring and summer, with occasional guest appearances by local ensembles and artists. HCB also encourages music education through scholarships available to Henderson County music students.
Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra
317 N Washington Street, Suite 2, Hendersonville
Celebrating more than 47 years, the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra is one of the area's leading cultural organizations. The orchestra of professional musicians under the direction of Thomas Joiner performs five concerts a year, often featuring guest artists from around the country. Season subscription and single concert tickets are available throughout the season, which runs from September through April. The Hendersonville Symphony considers the musical enrichment and education of young people a major priority. Youth programs include the Hendersonville Symphony Youth Orchestra, Hendersonville Symphony Children’s Choir, Young Artist Competition, Education Concerts for local, school-aged children and a Youth Scholarship program. Friends of the Hendersonville Symphony, an energetic group of community volunteers, help produce the Symphony’s fundraisers each year. Membership in Friends is open to anyone who has a passion for the organization's mission.
Hendersonville Swing Band
This lively 17-piece band has been a musical fixture in Hendersonville for more than 20 years. Staying true to the original masters of swing, the band delights audiences by recreating the magic moments of The Dorsey Brothers, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and more. Led by trombonist-conductor Jerry Zink, the band plays benefit concerts several times a year for local service organizations and charities.
Hendersonville Film Society
Smoky Mountain Theater
Lake Pointe Landing
333 Thompson Street,Hendersonville
Viewing films at Lake Pointe Landing’s Smoky Mountain Theatre, the nonprofitHendersonville Film Society brings high-quality foreign, private and alternative films to our community every Sunday. The suggested donation is$5 at the door. Membership is encouraged.
Flat Rock Playhouse
2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock
North Carolina’s State Theatre opened its curtains more than 60 years ago in Flat Rock and continues to provide the region with the highest level of professional entertainment. From February through December, about 90,000patrons enjoy a variety of musicals, comedies, contemporary dramas, a family series and concerts that entertain and enlighten, break new ground and celebrate local talent, as well as internationally renowned artists.
Hendersonville Community Theatre
229 S Washington Street, Hendersonville
For more than 50 years, Hendersonville Community Theatre (formerly Hendersonville Little Theatre) has been the Official Community Theatre of Hendersonville.The theatre’s purpose is to enrich, stimulate and entertain the community by providing high quality performing arts experiences and participatory instruction in all phases of theater production. HCT presents a varied season of plays, musicals and performing arts on its two-stage facility. The theatre is run mainly by volunteers and welcomes people with a desire to join their family of dedicated performing art enthusiasts.