Cultural Pursuits 2021


The Arts Council of Henderson County

828-693-8504 |

Arts 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 63rd year, Mentors and Students Art Exhibit, La Vie En Rosé Art & Wine Festival, Winter Sound and more. 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 by 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

828-490-5639 |

The Art League of Henderson County invites artists and art-loving members of the community to seek opportunities for interaction and access. Founded in 1972, The Art League is committed to the value of visual art in the community. Membership is open to all. The Art League sponsors exhibits, public art projects, program events and informal, small group gatherings throughout the year. Educational offerings include workshops, artist open studio tours, lectures and field trips to museums and special exhibits. The Fabulous Fakes exhibit each April involves artists creating unique versions of master works with more than 50 “Fakes” exhibited at various venues. The League’s Henderson County Library gallery hosts themed exhibits throughout the year. A Member Showcase each November takes place at host gallery Art on 7th. Other exhibits “pop up” each year around town.

The annual, year-round, ArtScape Banner Project is an outdoor exhibit with the work of 40 local artists. The Art League’s Open Studio Tour in October provides artists and the community an opportunity to see and learn from artists at work. More than 50 artist studios are open to the public on one weekend. Brochures and maps are available for both events at the Visitor Center. Adult classes and workshops are offered in a variety of two- and three-dimensional media. Experienced instructors teach in small classes to provide the best experience for students. Visitors and non-members are welcome to these and all exhibits. 


Carolina Concert Choir 

828-393-5737 |

The Carolina Concert Choir has about 50 members of all ages 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. 

The Carolina Concert Choir performs twice a year, near the Christmas/Hanukkah holiday in mid-December and in mid-April for a spring concert. Rehearsals and performances are at Grace Lutheran Church at 1245 6th Avenue West in Hendersonville. The choir also periodically performs with the Asheville Symphony Chorus, Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra and Brevard Philharmonic Orchestra in their venues. The Carolina Concert Choir sponsors the annual All-County Honors chorus for more than 80 aspiring middle and high school students which concludes with a concert the third weekend in each November.

Four Seasons Chamber Orchestra

828-490-7119 |

The Four Seasons Chamber Orchestra is Western North Carolina’s orchestra for all seasons, presenting one concert each spring, summer, fall and winter around Hendersonville and beyond. Its mission is to present inspiring music in intimate settings and raise funds and awareness at every concert in support of causes and organizations in the community. The 4SCO is composed of 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.

Hendersonville Chorale

This group of approximately 30 to 40 people, which sing all varieties of music from classics to show tunes, is a non-auditioned group of singers that includes every age group and skill level. The Hendersonville Chorale’s mission is to provide opportunities to all people who love to sing and share the love of music and the inspiration it provides the greater community. The chorale prides itself on its welcoming camaraderie. Directed byMichael Stephen Brannon, the Chorale prepares and performs two concerts each year, one in the spring and another in the fall.The Chorale seeks new members. Those interested should email

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 October 2022, the HCB will premier a piece by Bill Locklear, based on the hymn “There is a Balm in Gilead,” that was commissioned by the band to celebrate its 30th season. Locklear will guest conduct that part of the concert.HCB also encourages music education through summer camp music scholarships forHenderson County students and college scholarships for music majors from the region.

Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra

828-697-5884 |

Celebrating more than 50 years, the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra is an orchestra of professional musicians that performs five concerts a year, often featuring 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

828-696-8031 |

This 17-piece band has been a musical fixture in Hendersonville for 26 years. Staying true to the original masters of swing, the band performs music by 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.


Flat Rock Playhouse

2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock

828-693-0731 |


North Carolina’s State Theatre opened its curtain in 1952 in the Village ofFlat Rock. Seventy years later, the theatre continues to provide the region with professional live entertainment. About90,000patrons a year enjoy a variety of musicals, comedies, contemporary dramas, the Playhouse series and music concerts that entertain and enlighten all year long. The theatre also offers excellence in arts education and outreach to children and adults locally, regionally and statewide via its Studio 52 arts programming.

Hendersonville Theatre

229 S Washington Street, Hendersonville

828-692-1082 |

For more than 55years, Hendersonville Theatre (formerly Hendersonville CommunityTheatre) 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. Hendersonville Theatre presents a varied season of plays, musicals, live music and performing arts. The theatre is run mainly by volunteers and welcomes people with a desire to join their family of dedicated performing art enthusiasts.