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Biltmore kicks off its 15th concert series

staff report • Aug 5, 2011 at 3:37 AM

A number of Grammy Awardwinning artists highlight Biltmore’s 15th annual concert series, which has grown from a summertime event to one stretching through October. This year’s anniversary season kicks into high gear tonight with a performance by the legendary singer/songwriter/producer Smokey Robinson at 8 p.m. on the South Terrace of the 8,000-acre estate in Asheville, N.C. Tickets are $55 for general admission and $65 for reserved seating. The series will continue with Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers and Bela Fleck & The Flecktones — The Original Lineup, Aug. 11, on the South Terrace ($52); Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas and special guest Dawes, Aug. 12, on the South Terrace (all seats are sold out); The Beach Boys, Aug. 27, on the South Terrace ($50, $60); Styx, Sept. 3, on the South Terrace ($49, $54); Eddie Money, Oct. 7, at Diana at Biltmore ($60); The Fab Four — The Ultimate Tribute with Ed Sullivan, Oct. 14, at Diana at Biltmore ($60); and The Chairmen of the Board and The Embers, Oct. 21, at Diana at Biltmore ($47). In addition to the South Terrace, this year’s performances will be held at Biltmore’s newest event venue, Diana at Biltmore, an intimate setting on the vista overlooking Biltmore House. Stunning views of Biltmore House and the Blue Ridge Mountains from each site offer a perfect place to see a show under the stars. A variety of ticket, dining and accommodations packages are available for the concerts. Tickets do not include or require estate admission; although, discounted Biltmore House tickets can be purchased in combination with concert tickets. Biltmore Twelve-Month Passholders receive a discount on general admission and reserved seating to concerts. Visitors who want to build a day trip — or a weekend — around one of the evening concerts will find plenty to keep them entertained before curtains go up in the evening. In addition to touring Biltmore House — the 250-room French Renaissance chateau exhibiting the Vanderbilt family’s original collection of furnishings, art and antiques is America’s largest home — guests can check out “Tiffany at Biltmore,” an exhibition of 45 stained-glass lamps created by Louis Comfort Tiffany and The Tiffany Studios on display in The Biltmore Legacy exhibition hall in Antler Hill Village through Oct. 23. Admittance is included in daily admission to Biltmore. Late summer is also a prime time to visit Biltmore’s gardens, which boast a bounty of sunflowers, abelias and Franklin trees in bloom in August and shrub roses, hollyhocks, cannas and several species of wildflowers in full color in September. For concert tickets or more information, call (800) 411-3812, or visit www.biltmore.com/visit/cal endar/concerts.asp . To find out more about the Biltmore estate, visit www.biltmore.com .

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