Atlanta Ballet, The Lettermen to perform in coming weeks

Western Carolina University’s Fine and Performing Arts Center will usher in the holiday season with an already sold-out performance by the Atlanta Ballet and a performance by the singing trio The Lettermen as part of its “Galaxy of Stars: Legends on Stage” series.

The internationally acclaimed Atlanta Ballet will perform selections from “The Nutcracker” and other works on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 3 p.m. Founded in 1929, the Atlanta Ballet is the longest running ballet company in the United States. The company is no stranger to WCU, having held an annual dance camp for the Southeast’s top dance students for the past several summers on the Cullowhee campus.

The Nov. 19 performance is sold out.

The Lettermen will perform music spanning the 1960s through today on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. The trio has penned many well-known classics, including “The Way You look Tonight,” “When I Fall in Love,” “Theme from a Summer Place,” “Goin’ Out of my Head/Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” and “Shangri-La.” The group has released more than 70 albums.

Advance tickets for The Lettermen are highly recommended. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for senior citizens 60 and older, $20 for WCU faculty and staff, and $5 for students ages 5 and up. Group rates also are available.

The Legends on Stage Series also includes:

Thursday, Feb. 1 – “Ol’ Time Religion,” featuring the American Spiritual Ensemble, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 1 – Cirque le Masque, a gravity-defying European stage show, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 17 – “Out of the Mist: A Dragon & An Ire-ish Tale,” a puppet extravaganza by Wood and Strings Theatre, 3 p.m.

Sunday, April 15 – “Amadeus,” a performance by the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada, 3 p.m.

Friday, April 27 – The Capitol Steps, a traveling troupe performing political satire, 7:30 p.m.

For more information about performances, call the Fine and Performing Arts Center box office at (828) 227-2479 or visit the Web site at