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Wednesday, 22 April 2015 00:00

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Haywood chorus to present bluegrass program

The Haywood Community Chorus will be joined with local bluegrass musicians to offer a program of old and new American music at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at the First United Methodist Church in Waynesville.

The first part of the program will consist of the High Lonesome Mass, composed and arranged by Tim Sharp and Wes Ramsay in 2011. Following the structure of a traditional mass, the work incorporates old hymn tunes, such as “Come Away to the Skies,” “Brethren, We Have Met to Worship” and “What Wondrous Love Is This.” The chorus will be accompanied by string bass, banjo, guitar, and fiddle. The second half of the program will be comprised of mountain folk tunes, some lively and others more ballad-like, most of them arranged by Mack Wilberg in the 1990s.

Two of Western North Carolina’s most talented musicians, director David Traynham and accompanist Kathy McNeil, have been preparing the chorus since February. The Junior Appalachian Musicians will also offer a special presentation.

The chorus is a nonprofit organization, and contributions will be gratefully accepted.

Admission is free.



Jazz Festival to feature Margitza

Saxophone master Rick Margitza will be the special guest performing and instructing at the 2015 Jazz Festival at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, in the Coulter Building at Western Carolina University.

Margitza will instruct a jazz improvisation master class for WCU students at 12:30 p.m., followed by rehearsals at 2:30 p.m. with the WCU Jazz Ensemble and at 4 p.m. with the Pavel Wlosok Trio. Performances scheduled for the evening include Margitza with the jazz ensemble at 7:30 p.m. and with the trio at 8:30 p.m. 

After living in New Orleans, Margitza moved to the Big Apple in 1989 and performed in New York and elsewhere with McCoy Tyner, Bobby Hutcherson, Tony Williams, Chick Corea and Miles Davis. He has led his own band, recorded 10 albums and composed two symphonies and a saxophone concerto, among other works.

All classes, rehearsals and performances will be open to the public free of charge and held in the Coulter Building recital hall.

828.227.3261 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Don Williams returns to Franklin

Country music’s legendary “Gentle Giant” Don Williams will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.

A highly acclaimed country music singer and songwriter, Williams has produced 17 number one hits and more than 40 Top Ten singles. He is also a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and has multiple awards to his claim.

Classic songs such as “Good Ole Boys Like Me,” “Amanda,” and “Tulsa Times” showcase Williams’ unique blend of commanding presence and laid-back, easy style. That, along with his stately build, earned him the nickname, “Gentle Giant.”

Williams discovered his love for music at the age of 3 when he competed in a local talent contest and won first place, an alarm clock. His mother taught him how to play the guitar and as a teenager he played in several different bands and explored several different genres. In 1964, Williams joined the Pozo-Seco Singers, a folk-pop group.

Columbia Records signed the group and released a series of Top 50 hits and three albums. The group disbanded in 1971 and thus began Williams’ solo career.

Ticket prices start at $35.

www.greatmountainmusic.com or 866.273.4615.


Music of the Carpenters at WCU

The melodies of one of America’s top-selling duos of all time, The Carpenters, will come to life during the production “We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered” at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 26, in the Bardo Arts Center at Western Carolina University. 

The sister-and-brother duo of Karen and Richard Carpenter sold more than 100 million records in just over a decade and still hold the record for the most top 10 singles in a row. 

The 90-minute tribute show will feature pop music classics including “For All We Know,” “Goodbye to Love,” “Hurting Each Other,” “I Need to Be in Love,” “Please Mr. Postman,” “Rainy Days and Mondays,” “Superstar,” “There’s a Kind of Hush,” “(They Long to Be) Close to You,” “Top of the World,” “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Yesterday Once More” and many more.

“Carpenters Remembered” is sponsored by Bear Lake Reserve and 540-AM WRGC Radio. The production is the final presentation of WCU’s 2014-15 Galaxy of Stars series.

Tickets are $21 for adults ($15 in groups of 20 or more), $16 for WCU faculty and staff members, and $7 for students/children of any age. They may be purchased at the Bardo Arts Center box office or by calling 828.227.2479.




• Andrews Brewing Company will have Rob Tiger (singer-songwriter) 6 p.m. April 24, Porch 40 (funk/rock, $5) 7 p.m. April 25, CaroMia (Americana/folk) May 1 and Goldie & The Screamers (soul/R&B, $5) May 2. All shows are free, unless otherwise noted. www.andrewsbrewing.com. 

• Balsam Mountain Inn will have Annie Sellick & The Hot Club of Nashville (gypsy jazz) at 6 p.m. April 26. Tickets are $49 per person, and include a buffet dinner. www.balsammountaininn.net. 

• BearWaters Brewing (Waynesville) will have Tonology (metal/hard rock) at 8 p.m. April 24. www.bwbrewing.com or 828.246.0602.

• City Lights Café (Sylva) will have a Sunday Jazz Brunch with Chad Hallyburton (Americana/folk) April 26. www.citylightscafe.com. 

• Classic Wineseller (Waynesville) will have Dan Shearin (folk/Americana) April 24 and Joe Cruz (pop/piano) April 25. All shows begin at 7 p.m. 828.452.6000 or www.classicwineseller.com. 

• Derailed Bar & Lounge (Bryson City) will have Frank Lee (bluegrass/Americana) April 25 and Heidi Holton (singer-songwriter) May 2. All shows begin at 7 p.m. 828.488.8898. 

• Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will have Chris Minick (singer-songwriter/folk) April 23, Kabin Fever Party April 24 and Pismo Spanky (singer-songwriter) 7 p.m. May 1. All shows are free and begin at 6 p.m., unless otherwise noted. 828.454.5664 or www.froglevelbrewing.com.

• Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have an Open Mic night April 22 and 29, and a jazz night with the Kittle/Collings Duo April 23 and 30. All events begin at 8 p.m. www.innovation-brewing.com. 

• Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church (Waynesville) will have the Voices in the Laurel Children’s Choirs during their 18th annual Spring Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 26. Musical selections feature beloved folks song, spirituals and festival music. Sponsored by the Grassroots Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for children. 828.734.9163 or www.voicesinthelaurel.org. 

• Nantahala Brewing (Bryson City) will have Ravenhill (indie/rock) 8 p.m. April 24 and Ben Sutton & The Ends (rock) May 1. All shows are free and begin at 8:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. www.nantahalabrewing.com.

• No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will have The Dirty Soul Revival (blues/hard rock) April 24, Skunk Ruckus (hillbilly rock) April 25 and Chris Williams (singer-songwriter) April 27. All shows are free and begin at 9 p.m. 828.586.2750 or www.nonamesportspub.com. 

• Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub (Franklin) will have Bigger Than Squirrels April 24, Jazz Mountain April 25, Gary Carter May 1 and Tom Johnson May 2. All shows are free and begin at 8 p.m. www.rathskellerfranklin.com. 

• The Strand at 38 Main (Waynesville) will have Soldier’s Heart (Americana/soul) April 25 and Mangas Colorado (Americana/bluegrass) April 30. Both shows are at 7:45 p.m., with tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the door. www.38main.com or 828.283.0079.

• Tipping Point Brewing (Waynesville) will have ‘Round the Fire (Grateful Dead tribute) 8:30 p.m. April 24 and James Stinnett (singer-songwriter) 9 p.m. May 1. Both shows are free.

• Tuck’s Tap & Grille (Cullowhee) will have DJ Complete April 23, Lefty Williams Band (roots/rock) April 24 and DJ A-Minor April 30. Bands go on at 9 p.m., DJs at 10 p.m. 

• Western Carolina University (Cullowhee) will have the Gamelan Ensemble April 22, Flute Studio Recital April 23, Pavol Wlosok (jazz) April 25, Michael Abernathy Senior Recital 3 p.m. April 26, Brass Ensemble April 29 and Choral Ensembles April 30 in the Coulter Building. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. There will be an Honors College Concert from 6 to 9 p.m. April 26 at the University Center Plaza. A Wind Ensemble Concert will be April 27 and Symphony Band Concert April 28 at the Bardo Arts Center, with both shows at 7:30 p.m. www.wcu.edu.

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