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The School of Music at Western Carolina University will present a concert by the Flute Ensemble on Saturday, April 5.

The ensemble is led by Eldred Spell, professor of flute at WCU, and graduate student Christine Hughes.

The group, which is composed of nine students from the flute studio, will perform two flute quartet pieces – “Beach Music” by Catherine McMichael and “Orientale” by Melvin Lauf Jr.

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The Western Carolina University Low Tech Ensemble will perform a concert of gamelan music at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building on the WCU campus.

Although some form of gamelan music can be heard in many regions of Indonesia, selections for this concert will be traditional music in the style of Central Java. Most of the instruments are made of iron and are metallophones (sarons, slenthem, gender), racked gongs (bonangs and kenongs) or hanging gongs (gong ageng, kempuls).

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Bluegrass bands, Balsam Range and The Boxcars, will perform on Friday, April 4, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. Showtime is set for 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $10 each.

Balsam Range is a group of five musicians and singers from Haywood County, who has won multiple International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, the latest being the 2013 Album of the Year for their album, “Papertown.” They have had seven national number one hits including, “Last Train to Kitty Hawk,” “Caney Fork River,” “Trains I Missed,” “Gonna Be Movin’,” “Row by Row,” “Could Do You Some Good,” and “Any Old Road.”

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The Malpass Brothers' momentum is growing as fast as their sideburns. They're as authentic as country ham and red-eye gravy and things just don't get much better than that. North Carolina natives, the Malpass Brothers – Chris, 27 and Taylor, 23 – are the real deal in traditional country music.

Touring as the opening act for music legend Merle Haggard has broadened their introduction to audiences across America. They've made festival appearances in Northern Ireland and The Shetland Islands, and the title cut video from their album "Memory That Bad" topped the chart at number seven in CMT’s Pure Country.

Gifted musicians and songwriters, the brothers have recorded three gospel and three country music projects, and have shared the stage with artists such as Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Rhonda Vincent, Marty Stuart, Doc Watson and more. Chris and Taylor Malpass were born to be on stage, promoting the work and music of artists they treasure while creating new music and making their own mark in the lineage of a rich cultural heritage.

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