Student bands to present show with acclaimed soprano soloist

Western Carolina University’s Concert Band and Symphonic Band will take the stage at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, for their final performance of the spring semester.

Marina De Ratmiroff

The WCU Concert Band, under the direction of Margaret Underwood and David Starnes, will open the performance with selections by Leonard Bernstein, Ron Nelson, Daniel French and Pierre LaPlante. The WCU Symphonic Band will perform works by Steve Danyew and William Himes, and feature Marina De Ratmiroff as the guest soloist for Frank Ticheli’s “Angels in the Architecture.”

Ratmiroff, a native of Venezuela, is a soprano who has performed to acclaim internationally in operatic roles. She is founder of the Cape Fear Opera Company and now maintains a private studio for vocal instruction in Miami, Florida. Starnes is director of WCU’s award-winning Pride of the Mountains Marching Band, while Underwood is WCU director of bands and associate professor of music.

For more information, call WCU’s School of Music at 828-227-7242.