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Tyler Cook, Franklin native and Western Carolina University alumnus, will release his debut novel, “The One,” at a special release party on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 11:30 a.m. at the Macon County Public Library.

“I am very excited about the release,” said Cook. “All of my life, I have always wanted to be an author of fiction, and now I can say that I am.”

The book, which took Cook five months to write, is a story of love, heartbreak and moving forward.

In “The One,” Eli Cooper never expects love to be this difficult. When someone from his past suddenly reappears, he can’t help but notice the attraction between the two of them. But sometimes, the people that you love may not love you back. Eli must find his way back from heartbreak, and discover a life where his love can be returned. But in order to do that, he must also face his demons, and overcome his greatest fear: Revealing his deepest secret to the world.

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Three members of the faculty of Western Carolina University’s School of Music will present a recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in the recital hall of WCU’s Coulter Building.

The free performance will feature faculty musicians Alicia Chapman on oboe, Will Peebles on bassoon, and Shannon Thompson on clarinet, and accompanied by pianist Lillian Buss Pearson.

The concert will include a performance of French composer Joseph Canteloube’s “Rustiques”; “South American Memento” by Dutch composer Hugo de Groot; the romantic “Trio pathetique for clarinet, bassoon and piano” by Russian composer Mikhail Glinka; and French composer Francis Poulenc’s “Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano.”

For more information about the concert, contact the School of Music at (828)227-7242 or Shannon Thompson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Brasstown Concert Association (BCA) will present Armonia Celeste (“Heavenly Harmony”), one of the outstanding early music ensembles in North America, at the John C. Campbell Folk School Sunday, Feb. 22, at 2:30 p.m. in Keith House. Since its founding in 2008 the ensemble has won enthusiastic praise from audiences in the U.S. and abroad for its brilliant performances of rarely heard repertoire from the Italian Renaissance and early Baroque.

The group is comprised of three singers – Rebecca Beasley, Dianna Grabowski and Sarah Griffiths – accompanied on period instruments by Lyle Nordstrom (lute, theorbo, Baroque guitar) and Paula Fagerberg (the rare Baroque triple harp).

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String musicians from the Asheville Symphony Orchestra will unite with Western Carolina University School of Music students and faculty in performing masterworks of Romantic opera and symphonies Tuesday, Feb. 17.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Asheville Symphony conductor Daniel Meyer will lead the musicians for the program, which will include the overture from the German Romantic opera Der Freischutz by Carl Maria von Weber, three popular arias sung by WCU faculty tenor William Martin, and three movements from Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony.

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