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Arts & Entertainment

A Jackson County children's choir will take to the stage of Western Carolina University's John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center to perform a special musical number during the production of "We've Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered" on Sunday, April 26.

The Cullowhee Valley School Honors Choir, directed by Katee Johnson, will provide vocal support for the performance of the Carpenter's hit "Sing" to close the show's first act. Originally created for the television show "Sesame Street," the song gained popularity when performed by the Carpenters, who made it a No. 3 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1973.

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Mountain Heritage Center exhibits that have been on display on the ground floor of Western Carolina University’s H.F. Robinson Administration Building will be unavailable for public viewing for the remainder of spring and summer as the museum’s staff moves the exhibits to new display space in WCU’s Hunter Library.

Meanwhile, Mountain Heritage Center offices in the Robinson Building will remain open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Monday, May 25. Relocating the offices to Hunter Library will necessitate that they be closed over a four-day period – Tuesday, May 26, through Friday, May 29 – but the offices will reopen in Hunter Library beginning Monday, June 1, said Pam Meister, curator and interim director of the museum.

The temporary relocation of Mountain Heritage Center exhibits and offices to the library across campus is one of the first steps in a chain of events that will lead to the construction of a new welcome center on or near the site of WCU’s Cordelia Camp Building and the relocation of the university’s Office of Admission, currently located in the Camp Building, into space now occupied by the museum in Robinson Building. The Mountain Heritage Center eventually will become the centerpiece of the new welcome center.

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A medley of songs from “Pirates of the Caribbean” and the “Russian Easter Overture” by Nikolay Rimsky- Korsakov will highlight the program as the Western Carolina Civic Orchestra performs Monday, April 20, at Western Carolina University.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Coulter Building recital hall. Admission is free.

The orchestra includes WCU students, faculty and staff, as well as residents of Jackson, Macon, Swain and Haywood counties, said Bradley Martin, the ensemble’s conductor and associate professor of piano in WCU’s School of Music.

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Don Williams, a highly-acclaimed country music singer and songwriter who has played in front of sold out audiences all over the country, will return for his third appearance at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices start at $35.

Williams has produced 17 number one hits and more than 40 top ten singles. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry, and has multiple awards to his claim. Classic songs such as “Good Ole Boys Like Me,” “Amanda,” and “Tulsa Times,” showcase Williams’ unique blend of commanding presence and laid-back, easy style. That, along with his stately build, earned him the nickname, “Gentle Giant.”

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