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BMC AWARDS

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD DR. FALLS L. HARRIS

Dr. Falls Harris was first introduced to Brevard Music Center nearly twenty years ago by his friend and fellow Greenville, South Carolina resident, Roger Varik, who was then a member of the Music Center’s Board of Trustees. Falls attended one or two concerts each year in those days and, recognizing his friend’s deep and ongoing passion for classical music and arts education, Roger nominated Falls to the Music Center Board, to which he was elected in 2004. Since that time, Falls has served in key leadership roles on the Board, including Chair of the Search Committee that appointed Brevard’s current president, Mark Weinstein, Chair of the Governance Committee, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees in 2014 and 2015. During his tenure as Board Chairman, he oversaw the Board’s development and implementation of the organization’s current strategic plan that led to new guiding principles for the Music Center’s programming. This strategic plan also included “A Challenge Among Friends,” our multi-million dollar initiative to improve the campus infrastructure, and that now features Parker Concert Hall, currently under construction. Falls Harris’ decades-long commitment and dedication to the mission of Brevard Music Center is exemplary, and will be an impactful legacy felt long into the future.

BMC ALUMNI AWARD

AMY PORTER, BMC Alumna, 1979-80 Brevard Music Center honors an exceptional flutist as the recipient of its 2019 BMC Alumni Award. Amy Porter has been praised by critics for her exceptional musical talent and passion for scholarship. Amy’s discography of J.S. Bach’s Cello Suites has been regarded as a “gleaming, lyrical reading” (New York Times). Released in March 2018, her latest concerto recording is Michael Daugherty’s Trail of Tears Concerto for Flute and Chamber Orchestra (NAXOS), which also makes its Brevard debut during opening weekend of the 2019 BMC season. Amy continues to build a brilliant career through collaborations with internationally renowned composers and leading American conductors. She has appeared as a soloist with the Atlanta Symphony, Houston Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Albany Symphony, Flint Symphony, Billings Symphony, Battle Creek Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, Elgin Symphony, and collaborated with such artists as Nicholas McGegan, Ransom Wilson, David Alan Miller, Yoel Levi, Thomas Wilkins, Jose-Luis Gomez, Enrique Diemecke, David Amado, Anne Harrigan, and Arie Lipskey. She has performed premieres by Michael Daugherty, Ellen Taffe-Zwillich, Joel Puckett, Christopher Caliendo, Katherine Hoover, and Frank Ticheli, among others. Winner of the 3rd Kobe International Flute Competition and Paris Ville d’Avray Competition, Amy has been invited to perform and serve on international juries around the globe. She has been heard in recital on National Public Radio (NPR), highlighted on PBS Live From Lincoln Center, profiled for NAXOS Records’ “Women of March” (2018), and has been featured on the covers and written articles for Flute Talk Magazine in the U.S. and The Flute Magazine in Japan. Amy is currently a Professor of Flute at the University of Michigan—where she became the first performing artist to receive the Henry Russel Award for distinguished scholarship and conspicuous ability as a teacher. Formerly the Associate Principal Flute of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Amy is also an avid chamber musician, and is a member of Trio Virado with violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez and guitarist Joao Luiz. Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Amy graduated from the Juilliard School with further studies at the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg. She plays a 14K white gold flute with rose gold engraved keys made for her by the Wm. S. Haynes Co.

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Profile for Brevard Music Center

2019 BMC Overture Magazine  

The seasonal publication for the annual Brevard Music Center Summer Festival. Overture includes all festival programming and program notes,...

2019 BMC Overture Magazine  

The seasonal publication for the annual Brevard Music Center Summer Festival. Overture includes all festival programming and program notes,...