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The Western Carolina Civic Orchestra will give its final performance of the academic year Monday, April 14, at Western Carolina University.

The concert, open to the public free of charge, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of the Coulter Building on the WCU campus.

The orchestra is a unique collaboration between students and faculty from the WCU School of Music and community musicians from Jackson, Swain, Macon, Buncombe and Haywood counties, said Bradley Martin, associate professor of music and conductor of the ensemble.

The concert will showcase orchestra members and winners of its recent solo competition. The program will begin with Haydn’s Horn Concerto No.1 featuring first horn player Chris Caldwell, a graduate of WCU who received his master’s degree in music from the University of Alabama.

WCU music student and tuba player Andre Thacker, one of two winners of the solo competition, will perform the Arban Fantasie and Variations on “The Carnival of Venice,” normally played on trumpet. Fellow solo competition winner Mary Wiedel, a student at WCU studying communication, will perform songs by three of the great composers from the American songbook – Jerome Kern, Frank Loesser and Stephen Sondheim.

The final part of the program features the Danish Folk Music Suite by Australian musician Percy Grainger, a pianist, composer and arranger probably best remembered for his setting of the folk dance tune “Country Gardens.”

The Western Carolina Civic Orchestra 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 and is 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 about the concert, call the School of Music at (828)227-7242.


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