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WCU presents ‘Fantasia on Mysterium’

Michael Yannette will perform at WCU Jan. 25-27. Joshua Norman photo Michael Yannette will perform at WCU Jan. 25-27. Joshua Norman photo

A special stage production of “Fantasia on Mysterium: The Epic Immersive Theatrical Recital” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25-27 at the Bardo Arts Center on the campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. 

The show is a genre-busting reimagining of a traditional piano recital and theatrical play, blended with artistically created mind-blowing immersive visuals that accompany both the storytelling and the live performances of Russian composer Alexander Scriabin’s piano works.

The audience joins the pianist/actor/playwright Michael Yannette onstage as he weaves the highly synchronistic real-life stories of both he and the composer, which, as it furthers down the rabbit hole, exposes itself to be highly revelatory to both.

The adventure that Yannette began years ago as research into his favorite composer weaves into an “epic” play that is, at varying times, hilarious, deeply moving, hair-raising, but, ultimately, fully life-changing and life-affirming.

Seating will be on the Bardo Arts Center stage. Capacity is limited for each performance. Box Office is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

To learn more about the event and/or to purchase tickets, go to All Bardo Arts Center’s 2023-2024 Performance Hall tickets are available at

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