Providing Craven County and surrounding areas

with artistic excellence for 34 consecutive years!


© Craven Concerts Inc. All rights reserved.

Mission Statement


Craven Concert’s goal is to offer every man, woman and child in this area the opportunity to experience the magic of live performances by bringing artists and audiences together.

2017-2018 Officers and Board of Directors

Mary Peterson,  President

John Baldwin, Vice President

Paul Hill,  Treasurer

Betty Evans, Secretary

Frederick Angoco

Vera Horowytz

Gail Schiller

Joan Campbell

Elga Joffee

Dick Stern

Ed Dzioba

Irving Joffee

Penny Sullivan

Patrick Gentile

Althesina Krutulewski


Emily Helling

Bill McLarty



Coordinators: Concert Playbill

Emily Helling, Penny Sullivan and Dick Stern

About Craven Concerts

The concept of providing live, professional entertainment to communities throughout the United States was originated by Columbia Artists Management as Community Concerts, Inc. The objective was to nurture and support a permanent concert-going audience base through a not-for-profit arts organization at the local level.  Craven County Concerts Association was founded by a group of performing arts minded individuals in 1947, and in the 1980’s the name was changed to Craven Concerts, Inc.


Our annual series is now a tradition that contributes significantly to the cultural atmosphere of the area by bringing artists and audiences together through the magic of live performances.  


Another main objective is to provide Craven and surrounding counties’ students with in-school performances that foster their appreciation for the performing arts, add an experience as concert-goers and integrate performances into their curriculum.   For example, each year Asheville based Opera Xpress performs a fairy tale opera for all area third graders after the students have been given extensive education in voice parts and character roles.  Guest artists also present in-school performances adapted to the students’ level.


Craven Concerts also participates in a Reciprocal Program with the Beaufort Community Concerts Association. For additional information see the Membership Info link. Craven Concerts has become a mainstay of the arts in Craven and surrounding counties,and we appreciate the continuing support of the community.

Many thanks to the “Arts Community Service Program” of the New Bern Woman’s Club for their generous donation to this season’s outreach programs. Our Outreach Programs are funded in part by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council.

For more information, contact Craven Concerts, Inc at:



Craven Concerts Inc.

P.O. Box 12213

New Bern, NC 28561-2213

Phone:  (252) 637-1119

Info@cravenconcertsinc.org


Links of Interest:



Craven Arts Council - Events dealing with arts in the New Bern Area


Beaufort County Concert Association- Washington, NC