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Arts & Entertainment

Voices of Lee, an a cappella ensemble from Lee University, will perform at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, July 1, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 each.

Voices of Lee has performed worldwide and been featured on “Good Morning America,” performed at Christmas at the White House, and competed on NBC’s “Sing-Off” competition where they easily advanced to the final round. Their unique variety of lush vocal harmonies has captivated audiences ever since their debut in September 1994. Voices of Lee is directed by Danny Murray who has coached collegiate- aged musicians for more than 25 years. He has extensive experience in the music industry, serving from church music director to promotions director for Bill Gaither.

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Under the direction of Tom Tyre, the combined Franklin and Dillsboro Ubuntu Choirs performed “Choral Music from Around the World” Sunday afternoon at the First Presbyterian Church in Franklin, followed by a reception.

The event was sponsored by Carol and Michael Vincent and presented by the Arts Council and supported by funding from the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

The Arts Council’s next concert will be “Freedom Rocks the Square” Friday, June 29, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Franklin Town Square Gazebo.

The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host a free concert by The Barefoot Movement on Tuesday, July 3, at 7 p.m.

Drawing from the styles of bluegrass, folk, acoustic rock, and oldtime front porch music, The Barefoot Movement features original songs and interweaving harmonies. Based in Johnson City, Tenn., the group has just finished recording its second album and is coming to Sylva after opening for Ricky Skaggs in Jonesborough, Tenn., at the end of June.

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Novelist Ann Hite, author of the acclaimed debut novel “Ghost on Black Mountain,” will be at the Jackson County Public Library in downtown Sylva on Thursday, June 28, at 7 p.m. for a discussion about Southern fiction and to read from her novel.

Told in the stunning voices of five women whose lives are inextricably bound when a murder takes place in rural Depression-era North Carolina, “Ghost on Black Mountain” spans generations and conjures the best of Southern folklore—mystery, spirits, hoodoo, and the beauty of the Appalachian landscape.

Hite, who lives in Smyrna, Ga., is a fan of the increasingly popular genre known as Southern Fiction, and her own work falls in the more specific category of Southern Gothic. She says in an interview with the “Huffington Post,” “Southern Fiction's finest voices were born on front porches, at family gatherings, and in the conversations overheard at old fashion church homecomings. Storytelling is a requirement of being born in the South. It’s in our blood.”

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