Western Carolina University student musicians will join members of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra for a performance of orchestral masterworks Thursday, March 3.

The 7:30 p.m. concert at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center is part of Artist-in-Residence Program an on-going partnership between the School of Music and the Asheville Symphony Orchestra that brings professional string musicians from the orchestra to perform with WCU woodwind, brass and percussion students.

Conducted by John West, director of the School of Music, the concert will feature Johannes Brahms’ “Academic Festival Overture” and selections from Georges Bizet’s legendary opera “Carmen.” Michael Lancaster, director of choral activities, will be conducting the student choral ensemble in two movements of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “A Sea Symphony.”

This series has brought audiences two decades of musical collaboration between Asheville Symphony string musicians and WCU music students and faculty, presenting live radio shows, and an array of orchestral and choral concerts, as well as operas and chamber music concerts.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students and children, and can be purchased at bardoartscenter.wcu.edu or by calling the box office at 828-227-2479. Proceeds from the performance series are used to support the series.

For more information about the Artist-in-Residence Program, contact the School of Music at 828-227-7242.