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Arts & Entertainment

Two student choral ensembles from the School of Music at Western Carolina University will perform Thursday, Feb. 27, at this year’s Winter Choral Concert.

The University Chorus will sing choral compositions and arrangements by Maurice Greene, W.A. Mozart, Dan Bird, Robert De Cormier and Jeffery Ames.

The Concert Choir will perform three selections from “Shaker Songs” by Kevin Siegfried as well as “Three Nocturnes” by Morten Lauridsen.


Pottery from the private collection of Joan Byrd and George Rector will be on display from Monday, Feb. 17, through Friday, May 9, at the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University. An artist’s talk and reception is set for 5 p.m. Thursday, March 20.

The exhibit, including pieces by some of the world’s most celebrated potters, coincides with the conclusion of Byrd’s long career as a professor of ceramics at WCU. She will retire in May after teaching for 46 years on the art faculty. Rector has taught ceramics at WCU for more than 20 years. He will continue to serve as an adjunct art faculty member in the WCU School of Art and Design.


The iconic “Gentle Giant,” country music’s Don Williams, is coming back to the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts Saturday, March 15. Tickets are $35 and $45.

Williams is set to debut his new, 10-track studio album, “Reflections,” on March 11 via Sugar Hill Records. Williams, a Country Music Hall of Fame member, dominated for decades as a country hit maker and earned the name “the Gentle Giant” because of his unique blend of commanding presence and that laid-back, easy style — cutting across national and genre boundaries. Those personal and musical qualities that stood out strongly across the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, came full circle both in 2012, as Williams delivered the masterful “And So It Goes,” and now, as he releases “Reflections.”

“Reflections” yields Williams at his finest, with his classic, often-copied-but-never-duplicated baritone front and center. With a healthy touring schedule and his second album in two years, Williams works hard to maintain that voice beloved by so many. His days off from a busy touring schedule are spent on his farm, where his voice is rested and his downtime very quietly enjoyed.


Rhythm of the Dance, an Irish dance spectacular that tours throughout the world and has entertained more than 4.5 million fans, will make a tour stop at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Feb. 21. This two-hour dance and music extravaganza will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20 each.

Rhythm of the Dance tours some 40 weeks a year with a live band, three tenors, and 22 of the world’s most accomplished Irish dancers. This year alone they will travel to China, Canada, and throughout Germany, Switzerland, and the United States. Their performances are ignited with passion and demonstrate a wealth of talent that has been internationally rated one of the most popular and energetic Irish step dance shows in the world.


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