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On Saturday, Sept. 5, Christian music superstar Steven Curtis Chapman will be in concert at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. Chapman is a singer, songwriter, record producer, author, actor, and social activist who glorifies God in every endeavor. His music represents his incredible journey and his performances are filled with worship and praise. Tickets to this inspiring event start at $25 each.

Chapman began his successful career in the late 1980s. He has been recognized as one of the most creative, productive, and fruitful singers in the Christian music genre. He has released more than 20 albums, 10 of which have been certified Gold or Platinum, recorded 47 number one radio hits, and sold nearly 11 million albums worldwide. He has performed at the White House and has appeared on multiple national programs on CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, CMT, FOX News, the Hallmark Channel, and E!, including “Good Morning America,” “Larry King Live,” “Fox & Friends,” “Huckabee,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and more. He also starred in the Christian movie, “Christmas Child.”


Hunter HayesOne of country music’s rising stars is coming to Western Carolina University as part of Homecoming Week activities.

Hunter Hayes will begin his “21 Tour” at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at Ramsey Regional Activity Center. He will be joined by fellow country singer Ryan Lafferty. Tickets, which are $20 for students and $25 (plus facility fee and taxes) for the general public, go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 1.

His tour features 21 dates at 21 college campuses across the country. Earlier this year, the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist teamed with streaming music service Spotify to identify college markets with a high density of passionate Hunter Hayes fans. WCU was among that group.

Hayes, 23, is a four-time Grammy nominee and Country Music Association Award winner for New Artist of the Year in 2012.

Tickets can be purchased at the Ramsey box office, or online at ramsey.wcu.edu. The concert is sponsored by the departments of Campus Activities and Residential Living.

An exhibition of works by Cathryn Griffin, professor of photography at Western Carolina University, continues on display through Friday, Sept. 25, at the university’s Fine Art Museum in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

“Griffin’s work calls attention to the strange beauty that lies in those simple, unique, ephemeral moments that truly happen once in a lifetime,” said Denise Drury Homewood, director of the museum.

Griffin’s works have been featured in literary and art magazines, in solo and group exhibitions all over the country and in the permanent collections of art museums and galleries from Massachusetts to California. Some works currently appear on the websites of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Appalachian Photographers Project.


The rich and proud heritage of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI), which reportedly dates back more than 11,000 years, will be brought to life from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, with live demonstrations and presentations at the Cherokee Heritage Festival in Hayesville.

Located next to the Clay County Historical Arts Museum, the Cherokee Homestead Exhibit is a replica of a 17th century homestead complete with winter house, summer house, corn crib, multi-use shelter and mound gardens, and will be the site of the festival, the perfect place to see the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians sharing their culture.


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