The School of Music at Western Carolina University will present three performances in the first week of March.
Admission is free and open to everyone.
The WCU Symphony Band will present “Music of Countries and Cultures” at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. Billed as a “musical tour of nations,” the concert will feature the works of John Barnes Chance, Jay Bocook, Henry Fillmore, Percy Grainger, John Mackey and Frank Ticheli and a variety of music from Asia, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, Egypt, Africa and the Americas. David Starnes, director of athletic bands, and graduate student Emily Talley will conduct.
On Tuesday, March 5, Balaton Chamber Brass will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of the Coulter Building. This duo comprises two WCU music faculty members, Dan Cherry on trombone and Amy Cherry on trumpet, who have performed together since 2000. The program will include “Concertino for Trumpet, Trombone and Piano” by Jacques Casterede; “Contrasts in Blue” by Howard Buss; “The Bushwakker Brewpub” by Elizabeth Raum; “Next Exit” by Wes Flinn; and “Czardas” by Vittorio Monti and arranged by Gail Robertson.
On Wednesday, March 6, the School of Music will present solo marimba virtuoso Andy Harnsberger at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of the Coulter Building. Harnsberger, a performer and educator, will lead a marimba master class, also free and open to the public, at 2:30 p.m. in the Coulter space. Harnsberger earned his doctoral degree at the Eastman School of Music, is director of percussion studies at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., and is active throughout the year as a freelance percussionist and recitalist. His appearance is sponsored by the WCU Visiting Scholars Program and the WCU School of Music.
For more information about any of these events, call the WCU School of Music at 828-227-7242.