A traditional Chinese orchestra and famed sketch comedy troupe will each perform in September at Western Carolina University’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.
The Chinese Opera Orchestra of Shanghai, a premier ensemble that plays traditional and contemporary Chinese music on traditional instruments, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27. The Second City, known for its trademark improvisation and launching talented actors and comedians from Alan Arkin to Gilda Radner and Stephen Colbert to Tina Fey, will present its “Laugh Out Loud Tour” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. Both events are part of WCU’s Arts and Cultural Events Performance Series. The ticket price for each event is $10 ($5 for students).
Boasting musicians from top conservatories and art institutions, the Chinese Opera Orchestra of Shanghai strives to preserve and renew centuries- old traditions of Chinese musical culture. Under the leadership of artistic director and conductor Maestro Wang Yongji, the orchestra specializes in richly crafted arrangements that include Chinese folk music and the best of traditional Chinese opera. Folkmoot USA and WCU’s College of Fine and Performing Arts and School of Music also are sponsors of this event.
The Second City, launched as a cabaret in 1959 in Chicago and since expanding to venues in Toronto and Los Angeles, developed an experimental and unconventional approach to creating and performing comedy and theatre. Its “Laugh Out Loud Tour” features sketches, songs and improvisation from Second City history and encourages audience participation.