Civic Orchestra to perform Dec. 4 at WCU

by Nov 13, 2014A&E0 comments


CULLOWHEE – The Western Carolina Civic Orchestra will give its fall semester performance Thursday, Dec. 4, at Western Carolina University.

The concert, open to the public free of charge, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of the Coulter Building.

The orchestra is a unique collaboration between students and faculty from the WCU School of Music and community musicians from Jackson, Swain, Macon, Buncombe and Haywood counties, said Bradley Martin, associate professor of music and conductor of the ensemble.

The performance will feature Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “The Impresario,” a short, one-act singspiel that tells the comical tale of two dueling sopranos who feud over which is the greatest diva, who will receive star billing and who will get the most pay; and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, among the best-known compositions in classical music and one of the most frequently played symphonies.

Soloists are Ashley Setzer, director of choral activities at Tuscola High School; Heather Ferguson, a member of Asheville Lyric Opera; Chase McCall, a WCU musical theatre major; and Kristen Hedberg, vocal faculty member in WCU’s School of Music.

The Western Carolina Civic Orchestra is sponsored by the WCU School of Music. It also received a Grassroots Grant from the Jackson County Arts Council, supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Info: School of Music (828) 227-7242