ASHEVILLE — The return of WNC’s homegrown orchestra after the COVID year is piggybacking on summer solstice for a concert dubbed “String Solstice” on Sunday, June 20, at the Wortham Center for Performing Arts.

The 75-minute program features musicians and soloists in a collection of favorite pieces and rare treats, with performances at both 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. The entire orchestra won’t be performing together, but the solos and chamber groups will provide an intimate return to music making under the direction of Milton Crotts.

Cost is $25. For tickets or more info, click here.

Highlights include:

• Guest musician Franklin Keel also performs multiple solo pieces in this intimate return to music-making.

• “Summer” from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (Hanako Hjersman, violin)

• Haydn’s Concerto for Cello in C Major (Franklin Keel, cello)

• Mvt I of Hoffman’s Concerto for Harp in C Minor (Jessie Meltz, harp)

• Largo from Bach’s Concerto in D minor for Two Violins (Hanako Hjersman and Kate Bryant, violin)

• Pieces by Copland, Holst, Offenbach, and more.

The Blue Ridge Orchestra is WNC’s homegrown, volunteer orchestra comprised of 65 professional, amateur, student and retired musicians from all walks of life. Learn more at