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Orchestra to perform with university Concert Choir, student musicians

Western Carolina University’s Concert Choir and WCU student musicians will join with the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra for two concerts on campus that are free and open to the public.

A Wednesday, March 20, performance will feature Poulenc’s “Gloria” and a Thursday, March 21, presentation will be Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” and Brahms’ “Academic Festival Overture.” Part of the ongoing Artist-in-Residence Program, a partnership that promotes collaboration between WCU music students and professional players, both shows are at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of the Coulter Building.

This year’s residence orchestra is a nonprofit organization based out of the Washington Heights neighborhood in New York City under musical director Chris Whittaker. WCU’s Concert Choir is an auditioned group of singers from a variety of majors across campus. The group’s repertoire includes a diversity of compositions spanning historical works to present, as well as multiple languages.

For more information about the Artist-in-Residence Program or the concerts, contact the School of Music at 828-227-7242.

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