Civic Orchestra to perform May 1 at recital hall

The Western Carolina Civic Orchestra will end its 2009-10 season with a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 1, in the Coulter Building recital hall at Western Carolina University.

Featured soloists with the orchestra will be the winners of the 20th annual Student Solo Competition held in January. WCU students and high school or younger students from Jackson and surrounding counties are eligible to compete. This year’s winners are Sam McQuitty, Hannah Austin and Leanna Smith.

McQuitty, violinist and a seventh-grade student from Franklin, will perform the third movement of “Violin Concerto in G Minor” by Vivaldi.  Austin, clarinetist from Brevard, will play the first movement of “Clarinet Concerto in A” by Mozart.  Smith, clarinetist from Wanchese, will perform the third movement of the “Clarinet Concerto in A” by Mozart.

The full orchestra will play the “Procession of the Meistersingers” by Wagner and the “Polovetsian Dances from Prince Igor” by Borodin.

The Civic Orchestra, conducted by William Henigbaum, is made up of student and faculty musicians from WCU, and students and adults from Jackson, Macon, Haywood, Swain, Cherokee and Buncombe counties.

The WCU School of Music sponsors the orchestra, and the program is partially funded by a grassroots grant from the North Carolina and Jackson County arts councils. The awards to the solo competition winners are given by the Jackson County Arts Council.

The public is invited to attend the May 1 concert. There is no admission charge.

For more information, call the School of Music at (828) 227-7242.