North Carolina is home to some of the best music festivals in the country! Here’s an evolving list of long-standing festivals for the music-enthusiasts and travelers looking for quality music experiences. Some events listed are supported through North Carolina Arts Council grants or Come Hear NC sponsorships. Others are featured on the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina. This is an evolving list that the Come Hear North Carolina team will continue to update throughout 2020.


Wortham Center's Artist in Residence: Shana Tucker

Saturday April 4, 2020, Asheville, N.C.

Cellist and singer-songwriter Shana Tucker exudes musical magnetism, making fans from critics wherever she goes. With a deep respect for lyrical storytelling, her breathtaking, often intimate performances are steeped in a sound uniquely her own, a new genre the rising star calls chamber-soul. Both on and off stage, she charms her audiences, weaving melodies together from a mix of music — classical and jazz, strong hints of soulful folk, acoustic pop, a touch of R&B — creating a musical tapestry with distinctive rhythmic patterns. Often described as a blend of Dianna Reeves, Joni Mitchell and Tracy Chapman, with a complexity reminiscent of Bill Withers, Shana’s style and sound is internationally renowned by fans of all genres, touted as a talent “whose imprint and vitality has already been quite visible,” in JazzTimes Magazine.


World Premiere of Kenneth Frazelle’s “Through the Window” Song Cycle

Saturday June 20, 2020, Durham, N.C.

Hear the sounds of today’s North Carolina with chamber music of contemporary NC composers. World premiere of Kenneth Frazelle’s “Through the Window” Song Cycle (Mallarme commission), J. Mark Scearce – “Keeping Things Whole”, T.J. Anderson – Spirit Songs, Caroline Shaw – In Manus Tuas.

Classical Music Experiences

North Carolina's statewide arts journal, Classical Voice of North Carolina (CVNC) offers reviews, event listings, and news for classical music lovers across the state.