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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 00:00

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Civic Orchestra to perform at WCU

The Western Carolina Civic Orchestra will give its final performance of the academic year at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 14, in the Coulter Building at Western Carolina University.

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 concert will showcase orchestra members and winners of its recent solo competition. The program will begin with Haydn’s “Horn Concerto No.1” featuring first horn player Chris Caldwell, a graduate of WCU who received his master’s degree in music from the University of Alabama.

WCU students will perform the “Arban Fantasie” and variations on “The Carnival of Venice,” as well as songs by three of the great composers from the American songbook – Jerome Kern, Frank Loesser and Stephen Sondheim. The final part of the program features the “Danish Folk Music Suite” by Australian musician Percy Grainger, a pianist, composer and arranger probably best remembered for his setting of the folk dance tune “Country Gardens.”



Community dance in Sylva

A community dance will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 13, in the Jackson County Library Complex in Sylva. 

Dancing will include circle and square dances, as well as contra dances. All dances will be taught and walked through before dancing. No previous experience is necessary and no partner is required. AnneMarie Walter will call the dance to the live music of Out of the Woodwork, a band made up of local musicians; the band encourages anyone who plays an instrument to sit in with the band, to jam and learn how to play music for dancing. 

Following the dance, there will also be a potluck dinner at 5 p.m. Please bring a covered dish, plate, cup, cutlery and a water bottle. Suggested donation of $5.

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• Brother Sun will perform at 7:45 p.m., April 10, at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. $15. 828.283.0079 or 

• The DuPont Brothers and Rockwell Scott will perform at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. The DuPont Brothers play April 10, with Scott playing April 13. $10 minimum purchase on food, drink or merchandise. 828.452.6000.

• East Coast Dirt Band, Rolling Nowhere, Natty Love Joys, Chris Blaylock, Chuck Spencer and Brushfire Stankgrass will be performing at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva. East Coast Dirt Band plays April 10, with Rolling Nowhere April 11, Natty Love Joys April 12, Blaylock April 13, Spencer April 17 and Brushfire Stankgrass April 18. All shows are free and begin at 9 p.m. 828.586.2750 or 

• The Winter Pickin’ in the Armory will be at 7 p.m. Friday, April 11, at the Canton Armory. The event includes mountain music, vintage country, clogging and dancing. Featured performers will be the Dixie Darlings and Mountain Traditions, with live music from Jericho Hill. Held every first and third Friday of the month. 

• Karen “Sugar” Barnes & Dave Magill, Chris Titchner and Jeremiah Greer will perform at City Lights Café in Sylva. Barnes & Magill will play April 11, with Titchner playing April 12 and Greer on April 18. 828.587.2233 or 

• The DuPont Brothers and The Grove Band will perform at Nantahala Brewing Company in Bryson City. The DuPont Brothers play April 11, with The Grove Band playing April 12. All shows are free and begin at 8 p.m. 828.488.2337 or

• The High Mountain Squares will host their All Singing Calls Dance from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at the Macon County Community Building in Franklin. Jim Duncan will be the caller. Western style square dancing, mainstream and plus levels. All skill levels welcome. 828.371.4946 or 828.342.1560 or 828.332.0001 or 

• Smoke Rise, Martin & Mack and Mile High will perform at the Rendezvous in the Maggie Valley Inn. Smoke Rise will host the grand opening of the Tiki Bar from 3 to 6 p.m., April 13, with Martin & Mack performing April 18 and Mile High playing April 19. Pianist Steve Whiddon also plays every Thursday evening, as well as from noon to 3 p.m. on Sundays. 828.926.0201.

• ‘Round The Fire, The Old Guards, a comedy show and The Spontaneous Combustion Jam will be at BearWaters Brewing Company in Waynesville. ‘Round The Fire will play April 11 and April 18, with The Old Guards April 12 and the comedy show April 19. The jam runs from 8 p.m. to midnight every Monday, with all players welcome. Free. 828.246.0602 or 

• The Inspirational Choir’s African American Alumni Reunion Concert will be at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 13, in the Coulter Building at Western Carolina University. 

• The Brass Ensembles concert will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, April 21, in the Coulter Building at Western Carolina University. Featuring brass studio and small mixed brass ensembles. 

• Craig Summers & Lee Kram, South of the Tracks, Joey Cochran, Ranee Howard & Lee Kram and Johnny Rhea will perform at Frog Level Brewing Company in Waynesville. Summers & Kram will play April 10, with South of the Tracks April 11, Cochran on April 12, Howard & Kram April 17 and Rhea on April 18. Free. 828.454.5664 or

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