Concerts at WCU to feature music of mountain, hammer dulcimers

Western Carolina University will host a pair of free concerts featuring different types of dulcimers and musical styles in late July.

The John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center

The John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center

Music will be presented on mountain dulcimers during a concert set for 7 p.m. Thursday, July 28, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. WCU’s annual Dulcimer U Summer Week is being held on campus Sunday, July 24, through Friday, July 29, and 11 members of the conference instructional staff, including four former national champion mountain dulcimer players, will perform a variety of playing styles such as blues, bluegrass, classical and contemporary.

The hammer dulcimer will be featured during a concert set for 7 p.m. Saturday, July 30, in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center. That concert is part of WCU’s first-ever Hammer Dulcimer Weekend, and performers will include Anne Lough, a multi-instrumentalist from Clyde and alumna of the university’s music program; recording artists Ruth and Steve Smith of Boone; and Joshua Messick of Asheville, the 2003 national hammer dulcimer champion.

For more information, contact WCU’s Division of Continuing and Professional Education at 828-227-7397.