Symphony, student musicians to present Feb. 22 concert

Western Carolina University student musicians will join members of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra for a performance celebrating the American musical spirit, titled “From the New World,” Thursday, Feb. 22.

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 musicians together with student musicians for a collaborative orchestral experience.

Bruce Frazier

Bruce Frazier

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for wind and percussion students to perform with professional string players in our region,” said Bruce Frazier, WCU’s Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor in Commercial and Electronic Music. “And, also importantly, proceeds from the performance benefit student scholarships.”

The program will feature symphonic masterworks played by the orchestra, opening with “Fanfare and Dance,” an overture composed by Frazier. WCU faculty member Andrew Adams will be the featured piano soloist in George Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm” variations. The program continues with “Appalachian Spring (Ballet for Martha)” by Aaron Copland and concludes with “Largo and Finale from Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95: From the New World,” by Antonin Dvorak.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for faculty and staff, and $5 for students and children and can be purchased at or by calling the box office at 828-227-2479. For more information about the Artist-in-Residence Program, contact the School of Music at 828-227-7242.