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Afternoon of jazz at WCU on Oct. 2 will feature Branford Marsalis Quartet, special guest Kurt Elling

Ticket sales for the general public begin Tuesday, Sept. 6, for an afternoon of jazz starring the Branford Marsalis Quartet with special guest Kurt Elling at Western Carolina University.

Communities respond to WCU’s Road Works performances of Shakespeare parody

Western Carolina University’s new outreach program that presents free theatrical, music, film and visual arts events to organizations and communities is being well-received.

WCU to host Eroica Trio as part of Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival

The multi-Grammy nominated chamber music ensemble Eroica Trio will perform Wednesday, July 13, at Western Carolina University as part of the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival.

Friends of the Arts raise $113,000 during spring benefit

Western Carolina University’s Friends of the Arts is celebrating a successful fundraising event that raised more than $113,000, with over $60,000 going directly to the organization’s endowed scholarship fund.

Ceramics students create bowls for fundraiser

Heather Mae Erickson and students in her advanced ceramics class, along with student members of the Mudcat Club – WCU’s ceramics club – created 100 handmade bowls for the Empty Bowl event Friday, April 22, benefiting The Community Table in Sylva.

Fine Art Museum to host ‘Next Wave’ exhibition by first-year MFA students

Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum is partnering with the WCU School of Art and Design to host an exhibition of works by first-year students in the Master of Fine Arts Program.

Classic musical ‘Gypsy’ to be staged April 14-17 as Mainstage season continues

Western Carolina University’s School of Stage and Screen continues its spring Mainstage theatre season as the beloved classic musical “Gypsy” opens Thursday, April 14.

Road Works program will take performances to communities, local organizations

Western Carolina University has a new outreach program called WCU Road Works that will present free theatrical, music, film and visual arts events to organizations and communities throughout the region.

Friends of the Arts annual fundraiser to center around musical ‘Gypsy’

The Western Carolina University Friends of the Arts organization will hold its annual fundraiser Saturday, April 16, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center, benefiting scholarships and programming for students in WCU’s College of Fine and Performing Arts.

WCU’s Stanislavskaya receives unique musical theater award

Katya Stanislavskaya heeded the venerable advice to “write what you know,” and the musical she wrote and composed, “Resident Alien,” has won the ninth annual New Musical Award from the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company in Weston, Vermont.

Original music to set the mood for WCU performance of ‘Robin Hood’ Feb. 26

Music of the period will help theatergoers travel back in time several hundred years as Western Carolina University stages “Robin Hood – The Legacy” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Drawing supports arts programming

Twenty-four works of art in Gallery 130 next to WCU’s Fine Art Museum not only reflect the range of talent of the artists invited to teach workshops at WCU this summer but also their generosity.

Sendoff of Fundred bills caps yearlong initiative

A yearlong effort at WCU wraps up Friday, April 16, when an armored truck pulls away from campus loaded with thousands of mock hundred-dollar bills created for the national Fundred Dollar Bill Project.

Ceramicist Don Reitz to speak and demonstrate work April 6

Internationally acclaimed ceramicist Don Reitz will visit the campus of Western Carolina University on Tuesday, April 6, to demonstrate and discuss his work in clay.

Student documentaries benefit Western
North Carolina community service agencies

Marcia L. Lewis, executive director of Mountain Youth Resources, said the documentary Western Carolina University students created about Hawthorn Heights “captured the heart and soul of the program and how it affects children’s lives.”

Historical drama ‘Wesley’ has WCU connection, premieres this month

Arledge Armenaki knew filming a movie about John Wesley, a founder of the Methodist movement, with an independent film’s budget would be a challenge, considering just some of the actual events of Wesley’s life: rescue from a house fire, a near-shipwreck, a star-crossed love affair and violent mobs.

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