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Arts & Entertainment

The Western Carolina University School of Music will present Domenico Cimarosa’s opera “The Secret Marriage,” a rarely performed masterpiece that will be sung in English, on Friday, Jan. 24.

Funded in part by the university’s Artist-in-Residence Program, the opera will be produced as a semi-staged version with a small chamber ensemble accompaniment. It will feature WCU student vocalists Robert Helma, Brandi Moon, Austin McDowell, Corinne Minor, Bekka Mayen and Cameron Someliana performing with WCU student instrumentalists and string players from the Asheville Symphony Orchestra.

The Artist-in-Residence Program is a unique partnership between the School of Music and the Asheville Symphony, providing educational opportunities for WCU students and performance opportunities for orchestra musicians.

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Western Carolina University music students and Asheville Symphony Orchestra string musicians will perform together at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on campus.

The performance also will feature WCU faculty members Andrew Adams and Bradley Martin playing a composition by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for two pianos.

On the program are Suite from Lieutenant Kije, Op. 60, by Sergei Prokofiev; Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47, by Dmitri Shostakovich; and Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, K. 365.

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Robert Burns is credited with saving the folk music of Scotland. He was born just a few years after England conquered Scotland in 1746, intent upon destroying the clan system. Edicts of Proscription were issued forbidding the remaining Scottish people from wearing tartan, playing the bagpipes and speaking Gaelic upon removal or threat of death. Scottish leaders and their families were hunted down. The lucky ones escaped, some to America. Not many decades passed before the old language, except in the darkest dells of Scotland, was lost.

Burns was a poor farmer in Ayreshire, Scotland, but an accomplished poet. He began to compose a collection of poems about familiar country characters and legends. To make the subjects more human, he wrote in the Old Scots dialect that was used in storytelling. He set many of these to old pub ballads. He performed this repertoire in meeting halls and salons around Scotland, attracted mentors, and became famous. These songs and poems might not have become world famous, if England had not been the world power in the 19th century. As their armies moved, Burns songs and poems went with them.

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Acclaimed artist Buzz Spector will deliver a public lecture titled “Buzz Spector: Material Reading” at Western Carolina University at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Room 130 of the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Spector also is a critic and writer. His work has been published in journals including “Artforum” and “New Art Examiner.” In addition, he was the founding editor of “White Walls,” a magazine of writings by artists in Chicago.

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