WCU’s School of Music offers series of free programs through spring

The School of Music at Western Carolina University will present a series of performances through spring, including a concert by the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 9.

The School of Music at Western Carolina University will present a series of performances through spring, including a concert by the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 9.

Students and faculty from the School of Music at Western Carolina University will present a series of musical events through spring.

All events are free and open to the public.

– Symphony Band, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, Fine and Performing Arts Center. Among other pieces, the program will include Symphonic Dance No. 3, “Fiesta,” by Clifton Williams, a work with the flavor of Mexican celebration; the “English Folk Song Suite” by Ralph Vaughan Williams; and Carolyn Bremer’s “Early Light,” a piece expressing the composer’s love of baseball. The Symphony Band comprises 80 student musicians under the direction of John T. West, WCU professor of music.

– Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet, 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, recital hall of the Coulter Building. The recital will include works by J.S. Bach, Martini and Cheetham; xylophone ragtime solos arranged by WCU’s Mario Gaetano, professor of percussion; and arrangements of Chinese folk tunes.

– Percussion Ensemble, 8 p.m. Thursday, April 15, recital hall of the Coulter Building. A student group under the direction of Gaetano, the ensemble performs contemporary music composed or arranged for percussion instruments such as drums, timpani, xylophones and marimbas. The concert will include “Highlife” by Phil Faini, “Fanfare for Tambourines” by John Alfieri, “Ritual Music” by David Skidmore, “Prelude and Dance” by Ronald Lo Presti and “Essences of the Four Signs” by David Long.

– The Catamount Singers and Electric Soul, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, Fine and Performing Arts Center. An hourlong program, titled “Don’t Stop the Music,” will feature popular music and jazz, including current hits by performers such as Alicia Keys and Rihanna and a tribute to pop artists Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder and the group Earth, Wind and Fire. These student performers are led by WCU music faculty members Bruce Frazier and Jon Henson.

– Faculty concert, 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, recital hall of the Coulter Building. Andrew Adams on piano and Shannon Thompson on clarinet will perform pieces from the public domain.

– Low Tech Ensemble, 8 p.m. Thursday, April 22, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building. The program will feature gamelan music from Central Java, and guest artist Siti Kusujiarti will perform Javanese dance.

For more information about any of these performances, contact the School of Music at 828-227-7242.