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Western Carolina University will present “The Barber of Seville,” produced by the Asheville Lyric Opera, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Sponsored by the WCU College of Fine and Performing Arts, the two-act comic opera will have a local connection on stage, by way of the Netherlands. The lead soprano is Regina Davis van der Eijk of Waddinxveen, South Holland. A Jackson County native and daughter of WCU alumni, she will be returning “home” for the performance, singing as young Rosina in the operatic masterpiece.


Pictured (L-R) are Aaron Ballance, Jed Willis, Anya Hinkle, and Stig Stiglet. The concerts at Cowee School will resume in the spring.Closing out the concert season at Macon County Heritage Center at Cowee School was Tellico.

Out of Asheville, Anya Hinkle and Tellico brings original Americana bluegrass to the Cowee School. Tellico’s latest album “Relics and Roses” was released this past summer. The band is well schooled in bluegrass but with an unbridled organic “Appalachicana” sound, combining some of the finest voices, songs and instrumental prowess in Western North Carolina and beyond.

Tellico’s combination of vocals, dobro and mandolin are rooted in the mountain music they grew up with while pushing tradition into a modern Americana sound aesthetic.

After a year of increasing attendance, the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts announced a portion of the entertainment coming in 2016 to a large crowd at its recent Open House and 2016 Season Kick Off on Oct. 8. Guests were treated to light refreshments and entertainment provided by local favorites, The Sock Hops.

Acts currently on their way to the SMCPA in the coming year include folk/country favorite Emmy Lou Harris; comedian Chonda Pierce; chart topping “Secret Agent Man” Johnny Rivers; country boy Neal McCoy; Singer and Dancing With the Stars Champion Kellie Picker, the most awardwinning “young” Elvis act,Travis LeDoyt and the legendary Charlie Pride. Tickets are currently on sale for season opener the Sock Hops; an interactive kids stage show “Once Upon a Wish”; ...


Patti McClure“Entertainment Tonight” originally scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 3, has been rescheduled for June 4. The show had been cancelled due to the prediction of severe bad weather.

The host of talented entertainers are still on the program. Blue Ridge will open the show followed by singers, dancers, piano players, skaters and other musicians such as guitar and banjo players. Entertainers from Macon County and all around such as our one an only Blue Ridge, Susan Pons, Scotty and Nikki Corbin, Grady, Mark and Ren Corbin, David Beam, Brandon Scruggs, Ed Hill, Jay Baird and Limited Distance, Teddy Burnett, Shawn Burrows, H2O Cloggers, Mountain Voices, Arphea Brimmer, Ilana Lubitsch and David Moffitt, and Rhonda and Luke Bateman.

Entertainment Tonight is a fund raiser for the First United Methodist Church where all proceeds will go to missions.

Ticket holders can return their tickets to the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts box office for a refund.


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