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Western Carolina University student and faculty musicians will team up again with members Asheville Symphony Orchestra for a Feb. 4 concert.Western Carolina University music students and Asheville Symphony Orchestra string musicians will perform together at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on campus.

The performance also will feature WCU faculty members Andrew Adams and Bradley Martin playing a composition by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for two pianos.

On the program are Suite from Lieutenant Kije, Op. 60, by Sergei Prokofiev; Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47, by Dmitri Shostakovich; and Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, K. 365.

“With two of our outstanding faculty members playing Mozart, and with Prokofiev and Shostakovich being performed in such a fine acoustic environment, this program will be a real treat for the audience and our student performers alike,” said Will Peebles, director of the School of Music.

Daniel Meyer, conductor of the Asheville Symphony, said he is looking forward to the opportunity to perform the work in WCU’s Bardo Arts Center.

“Shostakovich’s searing Fifth Symphony is one of the most dramatic and important of the 20th century, and it never fails to fascinate musicians and audiences,” said Meyer. “I also am looking forward to collaborating with the WCU faculty pianists. This performance will feature the interplay of two wonderful artists at their own keyboards in a dialogue with our orchestra’s musicians.”

Presented by the School of Music, the concert is part of the Artist-in-Residence Program, which provides an opportunity for professional musicians to come to the WCU campus to join WCU students and faculty members in concert. The series is now in its second year.

Tickets for the Feb. 4 performance are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children. Proceeds will support the Artistin- Residence Program. For information, call the School of Music at (828)227-7242.

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