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Arts & Entertainment March 7 concert at WCU to feature guest composer and string musicians

The School of Music at Western Carolina University will stage its Winter Choral Concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Admission is free and open to the public.

The featured student ensembles are the University Chorus and the Concert Choir, both conducted by Michael Lancaster, director of choral activities. The Catamount Singers and Electric Soul instrumental ensemble, led by music faculty members Bruce H. Frazier and Jon Henson, also will perform.

Composer Ola Gjeilo will be the guest performer. A native of Norway, Gjeilo (pronounced yay-lo) came to the U.S. to study at the Juilliard School and now lives in Atlanta. His debut recording as a pianist-composer, the lyrical crossover album “Stone Rose,” was followed by its 2012 sequel, “Piano Improvisations.”

“His compositions for chorus are being performed all across the U.S. and are written very well for the voice, taking advantage of its natural beauty and sonorities,” Lancaster said. “His music is very accessible for musicians and non-musicians alike.”

Accompanied by Gjeilo on the pieces calling for piano, the University Chorus and the Concert Choir will perform several of his compositions. Gjeilo will speak to the audience about the genesis of each of the pieces. Other pieces will include selections by G.F. Handel, Emma Lou Diemer and Bob Chilcott. Additional musicians involved in the concert include Norwegian guitarist Kristian Kvalvaag and Asheville Symphony string musicians Jason Posnock, violin; Debra Anthony, violin; Gina Caldwell, viola; and Katie Hamilton, cello.

For more information, call the WCU School of Music at (828)227-7242.

Two cultures and musical genres, Indian and flamenco, are blended in the performances of Kumar Das and Inflame, who will present a show at the Bardo Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, as part of the 2012-13 Arts and Cultural Events Performance Series at Western Carolina University. The world music fusion band transports listeners through a kaleidoscope of centuries-old culture, music, tradition and spirituality. The group’s musicians include Das, who performs on the tabla, an Indian percussion instrument, along with Cristian Puig, Snehasish Mozumder and Peter Basil. Admission is free for students and $5 for all others.

Tickets for shows taking place at the Bardo Arts Center will be available at the box office. Call (828)227-2479 or visit bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.


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