Local children’s choir to join Carpenters tribute April 26 at WCU’s Bardo Arts Center

A Jackson County children’s choir will take to the stage of Western Carolina University’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center to perform a special musical number during the production of “We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered” on Sunday, April 26.

The Cullowhee Valley School Honors Choir, directed by Katee Johnson, will provide vocal support for the performance of the Carpenter’s hit “Sing” to close the show’s first act. Originally created for the television show “Sesame Street,” the song gained popularity when performed by the Carpenters, who made it a No. 3 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1973.

This will mark the first time that “Carpenters Remembered” has included a children’s choir in its performance while on tour, said Paul Lormand, director of the Bardo Arts Center.

Beginning at 3 p.m., the 90-minute show will feature pop classics including “For All We Know,” “Goodbye to Love,” “Hurting Each Other,” “I Need to Be in Love,” “Please Mr. Postman,” “Rainy Days and Mondays,” “Superstar,” “There’s a Kind of Hush,” “(They Long to Be) Close to You,” “Top of the World,” “We’ve Only Just Begun” and “Yesterday Once More.”

The sibling duo of Karen and Richard Carpenter sold more than 100 million records in 10 years and still holds the record for the most top 10 singles in a row. Led by Michelle Berting Brett and accompanied by a band of Nashville musicians, “Carpenters Remembered” re-creates the Carpenters’ original sound.

Tickets are $21 for adults ($15 in groups of 20 or more), $16 for WCU faculty and staff members, and $7 for students/children of any age. They may be purchased at the Bardo Arts Center box office, by calling 828-227-2479 or visiting the website bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.

“Carpenters Remembered,” the final presentation of WCU’s 2014-15 Galaxy of Stars series, is sponsored by Bear Lake Reserve and 540-AM WRGC Radio.

The Cullowhee Valley Honors Choir, under the direction of music teacher Katee Johnson, rehearses for its upcoming Galaxy of the Stars performance at Western Carolina University on Sunday, April 26. The choir will provide backing vocals for the popular Carpenters' tune "Sing." Top row (from left) Emilia Haney, Casey King, Ellie Freeman, Emma Fox, Joseph Lormand, Calista Cruea; middle row (from left) Maia Wilde, Jessica Sellers, Alice Stephens, Madi Johnson, Ivy Pope; and front row (from left) Shea Wargo, Ava Perez and Aislin Faust. Not pictured is Destiny Espinoza. (Photo provided by Cullowhee Valley School)

The Cullowhee Valley Honors Choir, under the direction of music teacher Katee Johnson, rehearses for its upcoming Galaxy of the Stars performance at Western Carolina University on Sunday, April 26. The choir will provide backing vocals for the popular Carpenters’ tune “Sing.” Top row (from left) Emilia Haney, Casey King, Ellie Freeman, Emma Fox, Joseph Lormand, Calista Cruea; middle row (from left) Maia Wilde, Jessica Sellers, Alice Stephens, Madi Johnson, Ivy Pope; and front row (from left) Shea Wargo, Ava Perez and Aislin Faust. Not pictured is Destiny Espinoza. (Photo provided by Cullowhee Valley School)