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The School of Music at Western Carolina University will present a performance by Apollo Winds, a professional chamber music group, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building on campus.

The concert features Francis Poulenc’s “Sextet,” a three-movement work with an extensive part for the piano, to be played by Bradley Martin, WCU associate professor of music. Also on the program are “Three Shanties” by Malcolm Arnold, “Dublin Bay” by Percy Granger and “Klezmer Music for Woodwind Quintet” by Donald Draganski.

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An exhibit of work by Edward J. Bisese titled “Good Thoughts Better” will open at the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University with an artist talk and reception on Thursday, Jan. 16.

Bisese’s ArtTalk will begin at 5 p.m. in Room 130 of the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center and will be followed at 6 p.m. by a reception in the museum’s Star Atrium. The exhibit, which will be open through the end of March, as well as the talk and the reception are free and open to the public.

Bisese’s paintings, drawings and objects in “Good Thoughts Better” are characterized as celebrating the beautiful and the grotesque, mixing skewed realities with real events. His subjects include Hawaiian kings and hula dancers, human-formed bunnies and other creatures of varying shapes and sizes, threearmed silhouetted migrant workers, dream sequences, word play and acutely observed portraitures.

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Guest pianist Craig Randal Johnson will present a concert of Finnish and American music at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, in the recital hall of Coulter Building at Western Carolina University.

Johnson, who lives in Minneapolis, Minn., is a conductor and double bassist as well as a pianist. He has traveled throughout the United States and to several European countries performing both new music and standard repertoire.

In his recital at WCU, he will perform “American Ballads for Piano” by Roy Harris, “Five Bagatelles” by Joonas Kokkonen, “Mephisto Rag” by Libby Larsen and “Spiral Dances” by Robert Carl.

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“Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” a song and dance revue of hit tunes from the rock ’n’ roll era before the Beatles, will take the stage at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University.

The lively show features nine cast members performing some of the best-known songs of the 1950s and 1960s. “Stand By Me,” “Love Potion No. 9,” “Yakety Yak,” “Hound Dog,” “Spanish Harlem,” “On Broadway” and “Jailhouse” are among the several dozen standards on the program.

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