WCU chorus, symphony combine talents for Nov. 20 performance

The Western Carolina University Concert Choir will team up with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and Asheville Symphony Chorus for a joint performance of “Resurrection Symphony” by Gustav Mahler on Sunday, Nov. 20.

The performance will begin at 3 p.m. in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on the Western Carolina campus.

Admission to the event at WCU is $10 for adults and $5 for students.

The musical groups also will perform “Resurrection Symphony” at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in downtown Asheville.

“I hope these performances will mark the beginning of an ongoing collaboration between the university’s choral program and the Asheville Symphony Orchestra,” said Will Peebles, director of the WCU School of Music.

The 25-voice WCU Concert Choir is an auditioned group of student vocalists that performs works from the Renaissance to the 21st century, including major choral works such as Orff’s “Carmina Burana” and Handel’s “Messiah.” It is directed by Michael Lancaster, director of choral activities at WCU.

Lancaster also conducts the Asheville Symphony Chorus, which will feature soloists Sarah Jane McMahon and Ashley Hill in the performances of “Resurrection Symphony.”

The nearly 100-member Asheville Symphony Orchestra is directed by Daniel Meyer. Among its musicians are WCU music faculty members Shannon Thompson (clarinet), Mario Gaetano (percussion), Brad Ulrich and Amy Cherry (trumpets), Will Peebles (contrabassoon), Travis Bennett (horn) and Eliot Wadopian (bass).

“Resurrection Symphony,” which is not typically performed by colleges and universities, is considered a powerful work requiring large choral forces.

Tickets for the WCU performance of “Resurrection Symphony” may be purchased by calling 828.227.2479 or online at www.wcu.edu/bardoartscenter.

Tickets for the performance in Asheville are available through the Symphony office or the Asheville Civic Center box office, and range in price from $20 to $55 (with discounts available for students, or for “Pick 3” subscriptions).

828.254.7046 or  www.ashevillesymphony.org.

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