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Arts & Entertainment

The Western Carolina Civic Orchestra will hold the fourth annual Community Christmas Concert, sponsored by the Jackson County Library and the Jackson County Arts Council, at the Jackson County Public Library on Thursday, Dec. 18.

An open house will begin at 5 p.m. hosted by the Jackson County Genealogical Society, the Jackson County Historical Association and the Jackson County Arts Council.

The musical celebration will begin at 6:30 p.m. with caroling on the library steps, led by Gayle Woody. The group "Brassoon," will play Christmas music from the balcony. These members of the orchestra are Jonathan Bentley, trumpet, Jai Kumar, flugelhorn, and Sabrina Kumar, bassoon. The Civic Orchestra concert, conducted by Dr. Bradley Martin and accompanied by Dr. Andrew Adams, will begin at 7 p.m. with a baroque Christmas Concerto by G. M. Schiassi, Ode to Joy by Beethoven, and seasonal favorites.


Alma RussThe Jackson County Library is hosting a concert featuring Alma Russ on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. This program is free of charge.

The concert will feature Russ on fiddle, guitar and banjo, with vocals while playing the guitar and banjo. Russ is a singer and musician whose style is a melting pot of Americana, folk, old-time, and hints of blues and jazz. Her main instrument in fiddle, but she can also play around with the claw-hammer banjo.

Russ is 14 years old and has been singing for most of her short life. Only in the last few years has she begun to incorporate instrumentation along with her singing. She has played with Owner of the Sun, Heritage Alive, Dusk Weaver, and the Lifeway Community Church worship band.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at (828)586-2016.

Art by library patron Jeannie Welch will be displayed in the Meeting Room of the Macon County Public Library during December and January.

Welch has lived in Franklin since 1993 and is semi-retired but still available for work on commissioned oils and graphic designs.

Welch earned her BFA at the University of Florida and her MFA at the University of Miami. She has taught art history and art appreciation at Southwestern Community College for many years. She has exhibited in museums throughout Florida.

The library is located at 149 Siler Farm Road, Franklin.



Country music singer John Berry has achieved great success throughout his career. He has received many awards and honors, including a Grammy nomination. He has recently embarked on his 16th annual Christmas tour, Christmas in America.

This show is filled with childhood stories, warm holiday memories, and traditional Christmas songs, including a showstopping a cappella version of “O Holy Night.”

The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts is very excited to welcome Berry on his holiday tour Friday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20 each.



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