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The Arts Council of Macon County will accept applications through April 15 for its annual $1,000 Arts Scholarship. Guidelines and application forms are available from the Arts Council or any Macon County high school guidance office. Macon County residents of all ages wishing to pursue a college degree in the performing, literary, or visual/graphic arts, or in arts education, may apply. All applicants must submit to an interview on Thursday afternoon, April 30. The recipient is chosen on the basis of talent, commitment, career aspirations, and financial need.

The scholarship was established in 1988 to help talented and deserving Macon County residents have a career in the arts. For more information contact any high school guidance office or the Arts Council, 524-ARTS or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Trefzger incorporates audience participation into her show that features a trunk full of zany characters including a drunken but lovable camel, a grumpy old man and a feisty little girl, and some audience members also will wind up on stage, said Paul Lormand, director of the Bardo Arts Center.

Trefzger has received many awards and nominations for awards during her 30-year career in show business, including being named “Funniest Female” by Campus Activities Magazine. She has performed around the world for corporations, colleges and theaters, and on cruise ships.

Singer is a specialist in physical comedy and audience interplay. “He’s a man who, perhaps as a young boy riding his horsey stick in the driveway, had an important, lifealtering realization: ‘Now, this is what I need to do when I grow up,’” Lormand said.



An evening of traditional African music on Friday, March 20, at 7 p.m., in the Macon County Public Library Living Room.

The performer, Sean Gaskell, is an Asheville-based musician who plays the West African Kora, a 21-stringed, gourd-bottomed harp which dates back more than 300 years and is native to the Mandinka people of Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea and Guinea Bissau. Gaskell has studied with master Kora players in Gambia during multiple visits there, has been featured at music festivals in Gambia, Senegal, and throughout the United States, and has released an album, "Kora Music of West Africa." He will perform in the Macon County Public Schools on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 19-20, through the Arts Council’s Artists-in-the-Schools Program. Learn more about him at seangaskell.com.


The Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet will present a free public concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, in the recital hall of Western Carolina University’s Coulter Building.

Members of the ensemble, the quintet-in-residence at WCU, are P. Bradley Ulrich, trumpet; David Ginn, trumpet; Travis Bennett, horn; Mike Schallock, tuba; and Zsolt Szabo, trombone. Szabo is the newest member of the ensemble and joined the faculty at WCU in August 2014.

The program will feature “Highland Cathedral” by Uli Roever; Victor Ewald’s “Brass Quintet No. 3”; “Prelude and Fugue in G minor” by J.S. Bach; and “Sweet Georgia Brown.” In addition, the SMBQ will premiere a new composition by WCU composer Robert Kehrberg titled “Corn Song and Dance,” which is based on the music of the Cherokee.

The ensemble’s mission is to promote the understanding and enjoyment of music, particularly among the youth of Western North Carolina; and to expand appreciation for the musical heritage of the Southern Appalachian region.

For more information, visit www.smbq.org or call (828)227-3274.

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