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Wednesday, 24 September 2014 00:00

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Clarinetist to present music of Paris at WCU

The music of Paris will be featured by clarinetist Shannon Thompson as she presents “La Clarinette de Paris” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, in the Coulter Building at Western Carolina University.

Thompson will be joined for the faculty recital by pianist Lillian Buss Pearson. The program will include the most well known piece written for the Paris Conservatory’s annual clarinet performance exams, Claude Debussy’s “Premiere Rhapsodie,” along with works by Phillipe Gaubert, Ernest Chausson and others.

An associate professor in WCU’s School of Music, Thompson visited Paris in June as a participant in a professional development initiative of The College Music Society. She was one of 25 music professors who spent five days learning about France’s college music education system for performers and educators, as well as about national programs that help graduates further their professional careers. 

Thompson has directed the university’s clarinet studio since 1997 and she received the James E. Dooley Award for Excellence in Teaching Music from the College of Fine and Performing Arts in 2011. In addition to teaching at WCU, Thompson serves as principal clarinetist for the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra and as bass clarinetist for the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. 





•Aubryn, Viva Le Vox, Joe Buck Yourself and LOCAL will perform at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva. Aubryn plays Sept. 25, with Viva Le Vox and Joe Buck Yourself Sept. 26, and LOCAL Sept. 27. All shows begin at 9:30 p.m., with Sunday performances from 5 to 8 p.m. Free. 828.586.2750 or

•Gospel group Ernie Haase & Signature Sound will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Tickets are $15, $18 and $24. 866.273.4615 or 

•Acclaimed bluegrass group Seldom Scene will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $25, $35 and $40. 

•Funk/rock group The Fritz and newgrass band Mangas Colorado will perform as part of the Music on Tap series at Nantahala Brewing in Bryson City. The Fritz plays Sept. 26, with Mangas Colorado Oct. 3. All shows at 8 p.m. Free. 

•Folk/roots singer-songwriter Linda McRae will perform at 7:45 p.m. Sept. 25 at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 828.283.0079 or

•Soul/pop duo Bohemian Jean, classic pop-rock pianist Joe Cruz, and singer-songwriter James Hammel will perform at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. Bohemian Jean plays Sept. 26, with Cruz Sept. 27 and Oct. 4, and Hammel Oct. 3. All shows begin at 7 p.m. $10 minimum purchase. 828.452.6000 or 

•The Weinberg-Babelay jazz duo will perform at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. Donations accepted. 828.524.7683 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

•An open jam session will occur from 6:30 to 9 p.m. each Thursday through Dec. 18 at Heinzelmannchen Brewery in Sylva. All skill levels and instruments welcome. 828.631.4466 or 

•Grits & Soul and a comedy show will perform at BearWaters Brewing Company in Waynesville. Grits & Soul play Sept. 26, with the Comedy Show Sept. 27. or 828.246.0602.

•Soul/oldies group Paradise 56 and gospel act Blue Ridge will perform as part of Pickin’ on the Square at the gazebo in downtown Franklin. Paradise 56 plays Sept. 27, with Blue Ridge Oct. 4. All shows begin at 6:30 p.m. Free. 828.524.2516 or

•Alarm Clock Conspiracy, Craig Summers & Lee Kram and Cutthroat Shamrock will perform at Frog Level Brewing Company in Waynesville. Alarm Clock Conspiracy plays Sept. 25, with Summers & Kram Oct. 2 and Cutthroat Shamrock Oct. 4 (7 p.m.) All shows begin at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Free. 828.454.5664 or 

•Tree Leaves, Packway Handle Band, Bayou Diesel Band, Freeway Revival Band and Owner of the Sun will perform as part of the Guest Appreciation Festival on Sept. 26-27 at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in the Nantahala Gorge. On Sept. 26, Tree Leaves plays from 3 to 6 p.m., with Packway Handle Band 7 to 10 p.m. On Sept. 27, Bayou Diesel Band plays from 1 to 4 p.m., with Freeway Revival Band 5 to 8 p.m. and Owner of the Sun 9 p.m. to midnight.  

•Acoustic duo Somebody’s Child and Blue & Larry Barnett will perform at the Bryson City Train Depot. Somebody’s Child plays Sept. 27, with Blue and Barnett Oct. 4. All shows are free and at 6:30 p.m. 

•Macon Grass Band and Mountain High Dulcimer Group will perform as part of the Friday Night Live concert series at Town Square in Highlands. Macon Grass Band plays Sept. 26, with Mountain High Dulcimer Group Oct. 3. All shows begin at 6 p.m. Free.

•Lyric, PMA and Dustin Martin will be at the Water’n Hole Bar & Grill in Waynesville. Lyric plays Sept. 26, with PMA Oct. 3 and Dustin Martin Oct. 4. All shows begin at 9:30 p.m. 828.456.4750.

•A back porch old-time music jam will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in Cherokee. All welcome to come play or simply sit and listen to sounds of Southern Appalachia. 

•Folk/rock singer-songwriter Chris Minick will perform at 7:45 p.m. Oct. 2 at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. $12. 828.283.0079 or

•An organizational meeting for the Cherokee Community Chorus will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Cherokee Baptist Church. All singers from around the area are welcome to attend. Plans will be made for the upcoming Christmas performance. 828.497.5350 or 828.788.1196 or 828.497.3761. 

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