Cultural Pursuits 2021


The Arts Council of Henderson County


TheArts Council of Henderson County promotes, advocates for and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and Western North Carolina. TheArtsCouncil partners with multiple organizations to present visual art exhibitions featuring local and regional artists and art of the county’s students and art teachers. The ArtsCouncil also presents performances and visual and performing arts events throughout the year, including Art on Main, an outdoor fine art and fine crafts fair now in its 62nd year; Art and Architecture tours of downtown Hendersonville; Bring Us Your Best; and the Mentors and Students Art Exhibit. To celebrate its 50th year, the Arts Council introduced the La Vie En Rosé Art & Wine Festival on June 12 and 13, 2021 featuring art, musical performances by local nonprofit arts organizations, plein air painting classes and wine.The ArtsCouncil is a designated County Partner with the North Carolina Arts Council, administering grants to Henderson County nonprofit arts organizations and regional artists. The ArtsCouncil also serves Henderson County children through the Artists-in-Schools program funded in part by Henderson County as well as donations from members of the community. The Arts Council also offers after school performing and visual arts classes as well as spring break and summer classes.The Arts Council offers memberships to local artists and art enthusiasts which include quarterly Artist Meetups and networking events, discounts for art exhibits and other opportunities.

Art League of Henderson County


As Western North Carolina’s all-inclusive art group for more than 25 years, the Art League of Henderson County fosters, encourages and develops public appreciation of all forms of visual arts. ALHC provides opportunities for members to enjoy the fellowship of other artists and art lovers; exchange professional views; develop new ideas and techniques; participate in educational lectures and demonstrations; take or teach classes and workshops; exhibit original work in many events sponsored by ALHC; contribute to local public art programs; and support local school programs

ALHC offers art classes and workshops through its Art Education Initiative in which non-members also can participate. ALHC members can show their artwork at monthly rotating shows at the Henderson County Public Library and at special exhibits throughout the county. The ArtScape Banner Project in downtown Hendersonville, coordinated by an ALHC Committee, unveils a new set of banners each April. Monthly ALHC programs feature demonstrations and presentations by members and guest artists.


Carolina Concert Choir 


The Carolina Concert Choir is a 50-member choir under the direction of Artistic Director and Conductor Dr. Michael Lancaster with Richard Riccardi serving as accompanist. Composed of auditioned singers from Hendersonville, Asheville, Sylva, Brevard and upstate South Carolina, the choir’s repertoire includes a mix of classical choral and choral/symphonic compositions and lighter fare, including popular favorites at their concerts.

The Carolina Concert Choir will perform a joint Prayers and Remembrance concert with the Asheville Symphony Chorus on Oct. 29 and 30, 2021 at the Arden Presbyterian Church in memory of the 20th anniversary of 911 and those who died from COVID-19. A holiday sing-along is planned for the first weekend of December 2021 and a spring concert will be held the third weekend of April 2022. Rehearsals and these performances will be at Grace Lutheran Church in 


The choir also periodically performs with the Hendersonville Symphony and Brevard Philharmonic orchestras. 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.

Four Seasons Chamber Orchestra


The Four Seasons Chamber Orchestra is Western North Carolina’s newest orchestral ensemble, presenting one concert each season around Hendersonville and beyond. Its mission is to present inspiring music in intimate settings and raise funds and awareness at everyconcert in support of causes and organizations in the community. The 4SCO is composed of diverse professional, amateur and student musicians with programming that ranges from historic masterpieces of the symphonic tradition to new art and popular music and beyond. The 4SCO is led by director and conductor Eric Scheider, a cellist and educator who has been active in the region since 2004.

Hendersonville Chorale

This group of approximately50 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 performstwo concerts each year, one in the spring and another in the fall.

Hendersonville Community Band

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. Led byConductor and MusicalDirector 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. In late Spring 2022, the HCB will premier a piece that was commissioned to celebrate the organization’s 30th season.HCB also encourages music education through scholarships available to Henderson County music students.

Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra


Celebrating more than 49 years, the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra is one of the area's leading cultural organizations. The orchestra of professional musicians performs five concerts a year, oftenfeaturing guest artists from around the country. All main season performances are held in the Blue Ridge Conference (Concert) Hall at Blue Ridge Community College.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 Youth Chorus, Young Artist Competition, Education Concerts for local, school-aged children and a Youth Scholarship program. Volunteers withFriends of the Hendersonville Symphony, help produce the Symphony’s fundraisers each year. 

Hendersonville Swing Band


This 17-piece band has been a musical fixture in Hendersonville for 25 years. Staying true to the original masters of swing, the band performs music byThe 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.


Flat Rock Playhouse

2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock


North Carolina’s State Theatre opened its curtain more than 60 years ago in Flat Rock and continues to provide the region with the highest level of professional entertainment. Throughout the year, 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.