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Arts & Entertainment WCU students, Asheville Symphony musicians to perform together May 1

Michael Lancaster conducts the WCU University Chorus and Concert Choir in a performance earlier this academic year.Western Carolina University music students and Asheville Symphony Orchestra string musicians will perform together at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on campus.

The event is the final concert of the academic year through WCU’s Artist-in-Residence Program, which brings professional musicians to campus to join WCU students and faculty members in concert. The series is completing its second year.

Michael Lancaster, director of the WCU Concert Choir and University Chorus, will conduct the concert. Both the Concert Choir and University Chorus will be featured in the performance, along with the Western Carolina Community Chorus, directed by Robert Holquist, retired member of the WCU music faculty. The program will consist of “Te Deum” and “Lord Nelson Mass,” both by Franz Joseph Haydn.

A reception will be held in the lobby of the Bardo Arts Center immediately following the concert, with special recognition for recipients of the School of Music Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Service awards.

Tickets for the concert are $10 for all adults, and $5 for students and children. Proceeds go to support the Artist-in-Residence Program.

The program represents a unique partnership between the School of Music and the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, providing important educational opportunities for School of Music students and more employment opportunities for the musicians of the orchestra, said Will Peebles, director of the WCU School of Music.

For tickets, call the Bardo Arts Center box office at (828)227-2479.

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