LCE Series brings song, dance, spoken word to campus

Japanese drumming, contemporary dance, politically charged spoken word and more are on tap for Western Carolina University’s 2008-09 Lectures, Concerts and Exhibitions Series.

The series runs from September through February and is coordinated by WCU students and faculty committed to bringing quality, challenging performers, speakers and projects to campus.

All shows are at 7:30 p.m. at the Fine and Performing Arts Center. With the exception of January’s Bobby Shew jazz concert, which is free, ticket prices are $20 for the general public; $10 for individuals 60 years and older, faculty and staff; and $5 for WCU students.

Purchase tickets by visiting the Fine and Performing Arts Center box office or calling (828) 227-2479 (Visa and MasterCard). Tickets also will be available online at www.ticketreturn.com. For more information about the Lectures, Concerts and Exhibitions Series, call (828) 227-7206.

A full schedule follows:

– Thursday, Sept. 18, Fushu Daiko, “Elemental.” Fushu Daiko is a multinational drum ensemble that formed in 1990 and practices not only drumming, but an appreciation and understanding of traditional Japanese culture. Tickets on sale Aug. 28.

– Wednesday, Oct. 1, Henry Rollins, “Provoked.” Front man for punk rockers Black Flag in the 1980s, Henry Rollins – also an author, TV host and activist – has focused on his spoken word monologues for more than a decade. “Provoked” riffs on politics, current events, personal experiences and childhood memories. Tickets on sale Sept. 1.

– Thursday, Nov. 13, Adam Pascal, “Broadway State of Mind.” Multitalented singer and Tony-nominated Broadway actor Adam Pascal performs Broadway tunes and classic rock. Tickets on sale Oct. 13.

– Friday, Jan. 16, jazz trumpeter Bobby Shew. A musician from the hard bop tradition who has played with jazz greats including Buddy Rich, Bobby Shew is a versatile trumpeter who has shifted from big bands to smaller combinations. This show is free and part of the WCU Trumpet Festival.

– Wednesday, Jan. 28, African Children’s Choir, “Journey of Hope.” Formed in the mid-1980s, the African Children’s Choir tours to raise money and awareness of the desperate conditions in which many of Africa’s children live. The choir’s music blends song and dance from throughout the continent and features more than 10 languages. Tickets on sale Jan. 1.

– Thursday, Feb. 26, Parson’s Dance Company. Pairing the discipline and precision of classical dance with the athleticism, exuberance and movement of modern dance, Parsons Dance Company – under the artistic direction of choreographer David Parsons – delivers a professional, energized, entertaining performance. Tickets on sale Jan. 26.