The Arts

Bel Canto

“Beautiful Singing” Celebrating over 15 years in Highlands, the Bel Canto recital has become known for living up to its name. The recital draws professional musicians to the Performing Arts Center stage. Although vocal talents change from year to year, the piano accompanist Stephen Dubberly has played for all previous seasons. Tickets go fast for the annual event and include a post-recital gala at a local country club. The concert has raised money for the Bascom-Louise Gallery’s permanent collection as well as providing financial assistance to the music program at the Highlands School.
Highlands Cashiers Players

Highlands Cashiers Players

For 15 years, the Highlands Community Players has been bringing a variety of entertainment to delight all audiences. Most of their productions are in the winter and spring when the Highlands Playhouse is closed. In the summer of 2008, the Highlands Community Players merged joined forces with folks in nearby Cashiers, NC to form Highlands Cashiers Players. The two communities` cooperation is sure to heighten the success of HCP. Playing permanently in the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center, you can obtain information about the season’s offerings visiting their website.
Phone: 828-526-8084
The Bascom

The Bascom

With a new 6 acres campus, artists from across the region will have a new home base at The Bascom. The Bascom art center provides audiences of all ages with stimulating, diverse exhibitions, studio art instruction and other cultural experiences. It also has conference rooms, galleries, a shop and storage for the permanent collections and exhibits. Three studios will cater to artists: two in the main building for children’s and two-dimensional art in addition to the Crane barn’s 3-D studio.
Location: 323 Frankllin Road, Highlands NC
Phone: 828-526-4949

The Center for Life Enrichment

CLE is proud to offer an eclectic variety of courses, lectures and events throughout the summer season, May through September. Working with acclaimed presenters, including professors from Western Carolina University and other southeastern universities, CLE presents experts on a wide-ranging variety of interests. From Art to the environment, from gardening to Shakespeare, CLE offers something for everyone! During the summer CLE enriches and entertains hundreds of people in myriad classes and lectures including the ever popular cooking, bridge, Middle East studies, art, music and travel.
Phone: 828-526-8811

Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival

When spring arrives in the mountains, not only are the hills alive with beautiful flowers, it is alive with beautiful music as well. For more than a quarter of a century, the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival has featured both favorite masterpieces and long-time festival guest artists along with new works and performers. The world’s greatest music, internationally-known performers, beautifully intimate settings, the cool mountains, fine art and dining, film and theater, golf, shopping- make your plans now to join us for an unforgettable summer at the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival. Some of the artists regularly featured are the Alexander and Vega String Quartets, performing music ranging from Beethoven to John Adams; the Festival Woodwind Quintet, with the best from wind literature; and the popular Eroica Trio.
Phone: 828-526-9060
The Highlands Playhouse

The Highlands Playhouse

In the summer of 1938, a group of Highlanders presented a play for one performance in the Playhouse building. This production was “Dulcy”, a comedy by George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly. Encouraged by the audience’s reception, the group formed the nonprofit Highlands Community Theatre, Inc. The theatre itself was built in 1931 as an auditorium for the Highlands School. When the present Highlands School was opened in 1952, the Town of Highlands acquired the auditorium building. It is rented to the Highlands Playhouse for $1 per year. Every summer since 1938, with the exception of two years during World War II, there has been a season of plays here at the Playhouse. Information of upcoming, current or past productions, as well as general information is available at their website.
Location: 362 Oak Street, Highlands NC
Phone: 828-526-2695