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Arts & Entertainment Civic Orchestra to present 'Peer Gynt' Nov. 25 at WCU

The Western Carolina Civic Orchestra will present its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building at WCU. The concert is open to the public free of charge.

Along with a cast of singers and actors, the orchestra will present a unique concert adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s play “Peer Gynt” with music by Edvard Grieg. The title character, Peer Gynt, is a loveable liar and hopeless braggart who roams the world in search of adventure and of himself. Ultimately, he discovers that love and redemption were waiting for him at home.

“Grieg’s score was written especially for the world premiere of the play and is an acknowledged masterpiece in its own right,” said Bradley Martin, director of the orchestra. Tunes such as “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” “Solveig’s Song” and “Morning Mood,” which are familiar in the concert hall, can be heard anew in the context of Ibsen’s moving drama, Martin said.

The Western Carolina Civic Orchestra consists of WCU music students and faculty, and community musicians from Jackson, Macon, Haywood, Swain, Cherokee and Buncombe counties.

Actors in the show are Michael Gallagher of Morrisville as Peer Gynt, Tom Wilson of Sylva as the Mountain King, Mary Wiedel of Hendersonville as Anitra, Andrew Adams of Sylva as the narrator and Brandi Moon of Bryson City as Solveig. Vocalists are Ashley Setzer of Waynesville, Heather Ferguson of Waynesville and Corinne Minor of Monroe, Ohio.

The group is sponsored by the WCU School of Music and a WCU Visiting Scholar Program grant. It also received a Grassroots Grant from the Jackson County Arts Council, supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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





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