Now in its 41st season, the Brasstown Concert Association (BCA) will present nationally and internationally known artists and ensembles performing in an impressive range of styles.
The season opens on Sept. 28 with Gamelan Gunung biru, the resident gamelan ensemble of Western Carolina University since 2003. A gamelan is an orchestra of tuned metal percussion instruments – mainly gongs, zithers and xylophones – characteristic of Java, Bali, Malaysia and other island cultures of Southeast Asia. Each gamelan has its own name, tuning system and distinctive personality. Gamelan Gunung biru (“Blue Ridge Gamelan”), comprised of Western Carolina University students, faculty, staff and friends, will present a performance of gamelan music from the Central Javanese tradition by contemporary composers.