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Arts & Entertainment

Three members of the faculty of Western Carolina University’s School of Music will present a recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in the recital hall of WCU’s Coulter Building.

The free performance will feature faculty musicians Alicia Chapman on oboe, Will Peebles on bassoon, and Shannon Thompson on clarinet, and accompanied by pianist Lillian Buss Pearson.

The concert will include a performance of French composer Joseph Canteloube’s “Rustiques”; “South American Memento” by Dutch composer Hugo de Groot; the romantic “Trio pathetique for clarinet, bassoon and piano” by Russian composer Mikhail Glinka; and French composer Francis Poulenc’s “Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano.”

For more information about the concert, contact the School of Music at (828)227-7242 or Shannon Thompson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Brasstown Concert Association (BCA) will present Armonia Celeste (“Heavenly Harmony”), one of the outstanding early music ensembles in North America, at the John C. Campbell Folk School Sunday, Feb. 22, at 2:30 p.m. in Keith House. Since its founding in 2008 the ensemble has won enthusiastic praise from audiences in the U.S. and abroad for its brilliant performances of rarely heard repertoire from the Italian Renaissance and early Baroque.

The group is comprised of three singers – Rebecca Beasley, Dianna Grabowski and Sarah Griffiths – accompanied on period instruments by Lyle Nordstrom (lute, theorbo, Baroque guitar) and Paula Fagerberg (the rare Baroque triple harp).


String musicians from the Asheville Symphony Orchestra will unite with Western Carolina University School of Music students and faculty in performing masterworks of Romantic opera and symphonies Tuesday, Feb. 17.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Asheville Symphony conductor Daniel Meyer will lead the musicians for the program, which will include the overture from the German Romantic opera Der Freischutz by Carl Maria von Weber, three popular arias sung by WCU faculty tenor William Martin, and three movements from Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony.


Frankie Avalon is a name recognized across generations. Beginning in the 1950s, the former teen idol found great success as a singer, actor, and playwright, and, as one of the most recognizable stars in entertainment, has built a career that continues to captivate audiences of all ages. The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts proudly welcomes Avalon to its stage on Friday, Feb. 13. Showtime is set for 7:30 p.m., and tickets start at $35.

Perhaps best known for performing “Beauty School Dropout” in Grease, Avalon began entertaining audiences as a young trumpet player. He caught the attention of a talent scout by age 14, leading to his storied solo career. By age 20, he recorded two successful albums and charted numerous billboard hits, including “Venus,” “Why,” and “Just Ask Your Heart” – paving the way for success in several 1960’s “beach party” comedies. Today, this Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee maintains a busy schedule, appearing before packed venues across the country.



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