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Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet

Opening for country music legend Roy Clark on Saturday, Sept. 23, at Western Carolina University's Fine and Performing Arts Center will be WCU's very own Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet.

The faculty brass ensemble takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. and will play from its repertoire of music ranging from classical to contemporary. The quintet has not only toured the United Kingdom and participated in an international trumpet festival in Russia, but also has been invited to appear at Carnegie Hall next year.

“A Smoky Mountain Brass concert is for the entire family with the intent to treat audiences to a unique musical experience that captivates all ages,” said Paul Lormand, director of performance facilities for the Fine and Performing Arts Center. “The ensemble's lively repartee, touched with humor and personality, bridges classical formality to delight audiences to an evening of boisterous fun, exciting knowledge and an enthusiastic love of music, all deftly exhibited by five talented brass players.”

Quintet members are P. Bradley Ulrich, trumpet; David Ginn, trumpet; Travis Bennett, horn; Daniel Cherry, trombone; and Michael Schallock, tuba.

Tickets are on sale now for the concert featuring headliner Roy Clark, co-host of the television show “Hee Haw” for more than 20 years and award-winning musician whose hits include “Yesterday When I Was Young” and “Thank God and Greyhound.” He also has made appearances on “The Tonight Show” and “The Beverly Hillbillies” and has taken home awards ranging from Entertainer of the Year to the Pioneer Award.

Clark's performance, sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, and Charter Media, is a fundraiser for the Fine and Performing Arts Center's activities. The show also helps launch the opening of the exhibit “The Kimmel Collection – Art that Works: A Celebration of Design,” which features art deco, art noveau, modernist furniture, glass, ceramics, paintings, photographs and sculpture. Ticket holders for the Clark performance may enjoy an exclusive Kimmel Collection exhibit preview beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23.

Tickets to the concert are $45 each and can be purchased at the box office Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., over the phone at (828) 227-2479 or on the Web at www.wcu.edu/fapac.

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