The natural wonders of the North Carolina mountains, like the arts themselves, evoke powerful feelings and uplift the human spirit. The Performance Hall in Bardo Arts Center at Western Carolina University channels that emotion and provides a fresh and inspiring venue for world-class performers and artists. We feature professional artists from around the world in our performance series, along with performances from the WCU College of Fine and Performing Arts, concerts for the Friends of the Arts, and presentations from WCU Arts and Cultural Events (ACE).
June 25 at 3pm
Join the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival for a rare performance of Alfred Lord Tennyson's classic melodramatic poem set to the virtuosic solo piano music of Richard Strauss performed by George Brown, Dean of WCU's College of Fine and Performing Arts.
Previously known as Galaxy of the Stars, this performance season features world-class
artists on the Bardo Arts Center stage. The 2017-2018 season is filled with everything
from electronic rap to tap! More info coming soon.
The Performance Hall boasts an elegant 1,000-seat theatre, with finely-tuned acoustics and state-of-the-art lighting system. It is also home to The Studio, a black-box style theater which provides flexible space in an intimate performance setting.
Designed by Gund Partnership, the 122,000 square-foot facility is a bold interpretation of the grandeur of the Great Smoky Mountains. Staff members visited the Joyce Kilmer National Forest and were inspired by the spiritual and cultural home of the Cherokee. The architect's profound experience of Western North Carolina's regional history, diverse mountain culture and local vernacular inspired the building design.