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).
Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, 7:30pm
Rhonda Vincent and The Rage: World Class Musicians, and an Award Winning Voice seamlessly set the stage for a breathtaking one-of-a-kind, must see performance; that reaches beyond the boundaries of bluegrass music! Learn More
Monday, March 13, 2017, 7:30pm
One of the tightest cross-cultural collaborations in musical history, the Nile Project brings together artists from the 11 Nile countries, representing over 450 million people, to compose new songs that combine the rich diversity of one of the oldest places on Earth.
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.