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P. Bradley Ulrich and Bruce Frazier, faculty members in the Western Carolina University School of Music, will take a bit of the natural beauty of the Appalachian Mountains to Russia this fall when they perform the international premiere of an original piece of music in St. Petersburg and Moscow in October.

Frazier, the Carol Grotnes Belk Endowed Chair in Commercial and Electronic Music, composed the piece, a four-movement trumpet solo with brass quintet accompaniment titled “Blue Ridge Suite.” The suite’s four movements, “Majestic Peaks,” “Whitewater Falls,” “Craggy Gardens” and “Mountaintop Meditation,” all are inspired by locations in Western North Carolina.

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A full schedule also includes a Smithsonian exhibit opening

Two shows by the bluegrass headliner Balsam Range and the opening of a Smithsonian exhibit highlight a full schedule of activities for Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Day, coming up Saturday, Sept. 29, on the campus in Cullowhee.

WCU’s free festival of Appalachian culture will also include 100 booths of the region’s finest arts and crafts and 30 vendors selling tempting festival food.

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C-Square Rocks the Square

Rock the Square,” a vintage rock concert and street dance, was held Friday on the Town Square gazebo, Main Street in downtown Franklin.

Multi-talented musician Dave Stewart  opened the show with pop and folk tunes, James Taylor-style.

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Bryan Loy, owner of Paradise Music, located ar 242 Highlands Rd., Franklin, has released his first CD, “Ballads and the Blues.”

“I’ve wanted to do this for years,” says Loy, “But the time was never quite right. When I moved here to Franklin two years ago, one of the first people I met when I opened my music store was Donnie Clay. We became good friends, and we got to talking about me doing a CD in his studio, one thing led to another, and now it’s done. Donnie did a wonderful job of making me sound better than I am!”

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