WCU School of Music presents artist-in-residence concert

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Christopher Confessore, conductor of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra in Florida, at work.

Western Carolina University student musicians will join members of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra for a performance of orchestral masterworks Thursday, Feb. 2.

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

The concert will be conducted by Christopher Confessore, music director and principal conductor of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra in Florida, and resident and pops conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

The program includes “Finlandia” by Sibelius and “Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture” by Tchaikovsky. The concluding piece will be “Enigma Variations” by Elgar, with a special presentation by Confessore describing the interesting origins of the composition, described as a musical sketch of the composer’s friends and close acquaintances. Through portraits projected on a screen, as well as musical examples, the audience will be introduced to the characters before the piece is performed in its entirety.

Tickets are $15 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 will benefit student scholarships. For more information about the Artist-in-Residence Program, contact the School of Music at 828-227-7242.