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The Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet will be performing its fall 2012 recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building at Western Carolina University.

The WCU quintet-in-residence consists of P. Bradley Ulrich and David Ginn, trumpets; Travis Bennett, horn; Dan Cherry, trombone; and Michael Schallock, tuba.

Works on the program will include “Vuelta del Fuego (Ride of Fire)” by Kevin McKee, “Colchester Fantasy” by Eric Ewazen, “Indiana” arranged by Paul Nagle, “Centone V” arranged by Verne Reynolds, “Mini Overture” by Witold Lutoslawski, and “Bluesette” by Jean “Toots” Theilmans, as arranged by Rob Roy McGregor.


On Thursday, Nov. 15, from 5 to 8 p.m., Andy Shaw Ford in partnership with Ford Motor Company and local charity, Full Spectrum Farms is hosting “Go Further With Ford Night.” During this event individuals can help raise money for Full Spectrum Farms – just by showing up — have a chance to win a new 2013 Fusion, audition for a “Guest Judge Experience” and VIP package from “American Idol,” and test drive the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion.


Guitarist Brad Richter and Cellist Viktor Uzur performed at the Macon County Public Library Sunday afternoon to an appreciative audience.

Present at the concert was Perry Kelly who was the recipient of the inaugural North Carolina Art Education Association award presented Oct. 28 at a recent exhibition at Western Carolina Unversity. Kelly is credited with founding the NCAEA serving in numerous leadership positions including president and conference organizer.


A workshop on learning to play clawhammer style banjo will be taught on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Teaching the workshop will be Wayne Erbsen, who says he can teach anyone to play clawhammer banjo.

Erbsen is the author of 30 music instruction books, a professor of Appalachian music at Warren Wilson College and host of “Country Roots,” a show on Asheville’s WCQS radio. The workshop is designed both for absolute novices who have never touched a banjo and also those who play bluegrass banjo and want to learn the clawhammer style.

Erbsen explains the difference between clawhammer and three-finger banjo picking.


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