The Arts Directory Of Transylvania County, NC
Brevard College's Porter Center for Performing Arts has earned a reputation as one of the finest performance halls in the South.
Inaugurated in 1998, the Porter Center for Performing Arts at Brevard College has earned a reputation as one of the finest performance halls in the South. Named for North Carolina businessman and Brevard College Life Trustee Paul Porter, the Porter Center hosts the Artist Series at Brevard College - which has brought in some of the world's most talented musicians in a dizzying array of styles – from Capitol Steps to Herbie Hancock, Harry Belafonte to Turtle Island String Quartet, Hilary Hahn to Pat Metheny - from classical and jazz to world music and bluegrass - all performing in a pristine acoustical setting.
The Porter Center's Scott Concert Hall has seating for 700 (500 on the main floor, 200 in the balcony), terrific acoustics and unobstructed sight lines. The large stage can house a full symphony, yet it can be intimate enough for a solo guitar recital.
The Porter Center is also a performance and academic space for Brevard College students from the Music Department and Theatre Department, a campus meeting space and a performance venue for some of the groups that populate Transylvania county's amazingly rich cultural scene - the Brevard Philharmonic, Brevard Community Band, Transylvania Choral Society and more.
The Porter Center's visual centerpiece is the glorious $1.2 million Kirkpatrick-Coleman Pipe Organ, a world-class instrument designed by master organ-builder Daniel Jaeckel featuring three manual divisions, 69 ranks and 3,539 pipes.
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