WCU chancellor, first lady and friends to perform Sept. 3
Western Carolina University’s first couple will team up with other WCU performers, including recent Tony Award-nominated Broadway star Terrence Mann, for “Belchers and Friends,” an evening of music and dance, Tuesday, Sept. 3, to benefit WCU’s Friends of the Arts organization.
The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on the Western Carolina campus.
Chancellor David O. Belcher, a classically trained concert pianist, will perform George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with an ensemble of student and faculty musicians, and wife Susan Brummell Belcher, a professional opera singer and vocal teacher, will offer a selection of classic tunes and songs from stage and screen.
The evening will feature performances by Mann, who holds WCU’s Phillips Distinguished Professorship in Musical Theatre; William Martin, associate professor of music; and Terry Welch, assistant to the chancellor and a familiar figure on the local theater scene.
Numerous students and faculty from the WCU College of Fine and Performing Arts also will showcase their talents throughout the evening. Students will perform scenes from two of the School of Stage and Screen’s Mainstage Season shows coming up in 2013-14 — “Next to Normal” and “Les Miserables” — and a tap dance number from “42nd Street.”
The benefit concert launches the 2013-14 membership drive for the WCU Friends of the Arts, an organization that helps support the activities of the Bardo Arts Center and all of the university’s academic programs in the arts.
For information or to become a member of Friends of the Arts and obtain reserved seats, call the Bardo Arts Center box office at 227-2479 or visit FriendsOfTheArts.wcu.edu.