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Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will host a reception and talk Thursday, March 27, celebrating the opening of the exhibit “Photographs by Hugh Morton: An Uncommon Retrospective.”

The reception will begin at 6 p.m. and will be followed by a 7 p.m. illustrated lecture titled “Hugh Morton’s Rise to His Photographic Peak” presented by Stephen Fletcher, photographic archivist for the North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Morton (1921-2006) was a prolific photographer who created an estimated 250,000 negatives and transparencies during his lifetime. A native of Wilmington, N.C., Morton learned photography during his childhood days at Camp Yonahnoka near Grandfather Mountain in Avery County. He was only 13 when his first published photograph appeared in a North Carolina tourism advertisement in Time Magazine. Morton’s photographs would go on to be published in countless books, magazines, newspapers and calendars throughout his career.

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The Franklin High School Chamber Singers returned home last week with a Superior rating from the North Carolina Music Educators Association’s Music Performance Adjudication held at Brevard College Wednesday, March 12. This is their second Superior rating in the last eight years.

Music Performance Adjudication is designed for choirs to compete against a set standard. The main purpose of the contest to provide feedback to each choir director about where their choir is succeeding and where they may need to focus more attention. Choirs were asked to choose two selections to memorize and perform in front of three judges who then critiqued each piece using a set standard. The ratings are then tallied and then averaged for the final score.

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A group handbell performance will take place at First United Methodist Church in Franklin, on Saturday, March 22, at 5 p.m. Five handbell groups from around the area are participating in a Saturday workshop and the 5 p.m. performance. Audience seating is available for around 60 people. The group ring will consist of three pieces. A special quintet performance will also take place. This event is thought to be the first of its kind in the Franklin area.

The handbell groups are from First United Methodist and First Presbyterian Churches in Franklin; Highlands United Methodist Church, Highlands; First United Methodist Church, Cashiers; and First Baptist Church, Blairsville, Ga.

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The Brasstown Concert Association (BCA) will present the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra (NCBO), one of the southeast’s most energetic and engaging ensembles on Sunday, March 30. NCBO brings together musicians from North Carolina and the surrounding area who are interested in exploring historically informed baroque performance practice, using period instruments (or authentic copies of same) in a chamber orchestra setting.

The concert will include Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, Telemann’s Viola Concerto and other baroque favorites. Led by conductor Frances Blaker, a world-renowned expert in baroque performance practice, and artistic director Barbara Blaker Krumdieck, NCBO engages both performers and audience in the stories and historical context behind the music.

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