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The 2019-2020 season features a series of educational music performances! 


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Learning Live 2019-2020 Performance Series

Learning Live is a series of matinees that introduces Bardo Arts Center's younger audiences to the performing arts. The 2019-2020 season features a series of educational music performances! 

October 25, 2019 | 10 - 11 a.m.
The River: A Multi-Cultural Concert Experience

December 13, 2019 | 10 - 11 a.m. 
Holiday Potpourri: Sounds and Sing-a-longs of the Holiday Season

February 14, 2020 | 10 - 11 a.m.
Fisk Jubilee Singers: Black History Month Concert 

March 6, 2020 | 10 - 11 a.m.
John Brown Jazz Band: Educational Jazz Presentation  

Learn more about each production by clicking on each below. 
To reserve seats for your school, click here to access our contact form

OCTOBER 25, 2019 | 10 - 11 a.m. | THE RIVER

ETHEL, acclaimed adventurous string quartet + Robert Mirabal, Native American musician, instrument builder, and three-time GRAMMY® Award winner, present their next evolution of the cross-cultural concert experience, The River. This upbeat educational performance features storytelling and music from across generations and cultures; student audiences will hear aspects of blues, rock, pop and folk, as they learn how these composer-performers listen to each other, communicate, and learn about and from each other, through music.

To reserve seats for your school, click here to access our contact form.

December 13, 2019 | 10 - 11 A.M | Holiday Potpourri

The Smoky Mountain High School Show Choir brings the sights, sounds, and even some sing-alongs of the holiday season to the Bardo Arts Center stage! The Show Choir features a selection of talented singers and dancers from Smoky Mountain High School.

To reserve seats for your school, click here to access our contact form.

FEBRUARY 14, 2020 | 10 - 11 a.m. | FISK JUBILEE SINGERS

The Fisk Jubilee Singers are vocal artists and students at Fisk University in Nashville, TN., who sing and travel worldwide. The original Fisk Jubilee Singers introduced ‘slave songs’ to the world in 1871 and were instrumental in preserving this unique American musical tradition known today as Negro spirituals. The Fisk Jubilee Singers continue the tradition of singing the Negro spiritual around the world. This allows the ensemble to share this rich culture globally, while preserving this unique music.

To reserve seats for your school, click here to access our contact form.

March 6, 2020 | 10 - 11 A.M. | John Brown Big Band

This professional large jazz ensemble led by John Brown, Director of the Jazz Program and Associate Professor of the Practice of Music at Duke University, is made up of top musicians, specializing in performances of traditional compositions from the Great American Songbook. Student audiences will have the chance to learn about the instruments on stage, the history of jazz, and experience this dynamic 22 piece band! The group performs a wide range of material covering all eras of jazz including the music and arrangements of legends including Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and more. 

To reserve seats for your school, click here to access our contact form.

Museum tour 

Guided Tours & Art Workshops
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WCU Fine Art Museum’s school tours are image-focused and inquiry-based experiences for K–12 students. Led by museum staff and educators, tours encourage students to look closely, share personal perspectives, and build connections to their own lives and learning. Art workshops give students an opportunity to get creative and work in our art studio alongside WCU’s Art Educators in training.

Self Guided Tours

Self-guided visits are for educators who wish to customize their museum experience by leading their own tours through the museum’s galleries. All self-guided visit groups must register with the museum in advance.

Curriculum Resources

Bardo Arts Center education programs are linked to North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s Standard Course of Study. In order to integrate your visit to the Bardo Arts Center seamlessly into the curriculum, teachers may receive pre and post-visit curriculum materials to strengthen and deepen student’s experience

Thanks to our generous supporters

This project is supported by the Jackson County Arts Council, N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Learning Live is also supported by the Walnut Cove Members Association, the Ascent Partnership, the Chief Joyce Dugan Cultural Arts Center at Cherokee Central Schools, and Arts & Cultural Events at WCU.

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