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Arts & Entertainment WCU chancellor, first lady and friends to perform September 3

Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher (seated at piano) and wife Susan Brummell Belcher (behind him) will be joined by WCU faculty, students and staff for a concert to benefit the Friends of the Arts.Western Carolina University’s first couple will team up with other WCU performers, including recent Tony Award-nominated Broadway star Terrence Mann, for “Belchers and Friends,” an evening of music and dance, Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Chancellor David O. Belcher, a classically trained concert pianist, will perform George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with an ensemble of student and faculty musicians, and wife Susan Brummell Belcher, a professional opera singer and vocal teacher, will offer a selection of classics and songs from stage and screen.

The evening will feature performances by Mann, who holds WCU’s Phillips Distinguished Professorship in Musical Theatre; William Martin, associate professor of music; and Terry Welch, assistant to the chancellor and a familiar figure on the local theater scene.

Numerous students and faculty from the WCU College of Fine and Performing Arts also will showcase their talents throughout the evening, including student presentations of scenes from two of the School of Stage and Screen’s Mainstage Season shows coming up in 2013-14 – “Next to Normal” and “Les Miserables” – and a tap dance number from “42nd Street.”

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

The performance is sponsored by WCU’s Friends of the Arts, which helps support the activities of the Bardo Arts Center and all of the university’s academic programs in the arts.

The concert is open to the public free of charge, but tickets are required for admission. Individuals who join the Friends of the Arts for the 2013-14 season at the $50 level or higher by Friday, Aug. 23, will receive special reserved seating to the concert.

For information or to become a member of Friends of the Arts, call the Bardo Arts Center box office at (828)227-2479 or visit the website http://FriendsOfTheArts.wcu.edu.


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