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Arts & Entertainment

The Galaxy of Stars Series at Western Carolina University will open its eighth season this fall with a lineup featuring musicianship, comedy, magic and a command performance.

The only professional entertainment series in Jackson County, the Galaxy of Stars Series debuted in 2005, with all performances taking place in the 900-seat John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.


Young Artist's Harp Seminar and Competition 2012, in its tenth year, will host talented harp students from around the world at the Rabun Gap Nacoochee School this month.

Virtuosic, classical harp music, solos and ensembles, will be presented on July 14, 21, 27 at 7:00 pm, July 15 at 3:00 pm and July 28 at 2:00 pm.


“The Young Artists of ColorFest” workshop is happening on July 14, from 2 to 5 p.m. in Dillsboro.

This new youth art workshop developed while working on an upcoming fine arts festival in Jackson County, called “ColorFest, Art & Taste of Appalachia.” Open to young people ages 6 to 16 years old, the Young Artists of ColorFest workshop will allow up to 15 participants. The mural, once completed, will be placed in the town of Dillsboro.



Registration continues for Dulcimer U, a residential program at Western Carolina University that draws dulcimer enthusiasts from across the country for a week of classes, concerts, jam sessions and fellowship.

WCU’s 13th annual summer dulcimer conference will be held Sunday, July 15, through Friday, July 20, and will be hosted by Larry and Elaine Conger of Paris, Tenn. Named the national champion dulcimer player in 1998, Larry Conger is the author of eight books of dulcimer arrangements and has been featured on numerous recordings. Elaine Conger is a former classroom teacher and backup singer for country music artist Faith Hill.

The Congers have designed a dulcimer program that should appeal to players of all ages, skill levels and musical tastes, said Bobby Hensley, associate director of continuing education at WCU. “Their experience as classroom instructors and nationally sought-after performers makes Larry and Elaine the very best at what they do,” Hensley said.


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