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Artist performing at SMCPA this Friday

On Friday night, the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts will be filled with the sounds of country music when Darryl Worley takes the stage at 7:30 p.m.

The country music star, who is known for hits such as “Have You Forgotten?,” and “Awful, Beautiful Life,” will be coming to Franklin, an area of North Carolina he is closely familiar with.

“We travel all over in the Smokies and we love it there,” said Worley on Wednesday morning. “My wife is from West Virginia so we pass through from time to time; it is absolutely beautiful country.”


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.


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.


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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