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Published Friday, March 25, 2016 at 11:09 am

Broyhill Civic Center to Present Barrage 8 on April 9

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s J.E. Broyhill Civic Center will welcome modern string ensemble Barrage 8 on Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Barrage 8 stands tall on the shoulders of an incredible string legacy. Between 1996 and 2012 Barrage gave more than 3,000 performancea in 27 countries. Its contemporary string arrangements of music, both familiar and new, were presented to millions of people around the globe through its successful TV shows, DVD’s, audio recordings and invigorating stage shows. Barrage 8 is the latest project from John Crozman, Dean Marshall and Tony Moore, the original creators of the hit show Barrage.

Utilizing the same energy, panache and innovative stage performance that Barrage was known for, Barrage 8 features all the instruments in the modern string family. The “8” in the name represents a re-imagining of the string octet: 4 violins, 2 violas, cello and double bass. This instrumentation drives a rich and powerful sonic palette that further explores the musical diversity in the Barrage 8 compositions and arrangements. Barrage 8 presents what the Barrage name has come to represent worldwide: “a memorable presentation of music, from many genres and cascading generations, delivered in a way not seen or heard before.”

The show is set for Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the show are $22 for adults and $11 for children. For more information or for tickets, call the Civic Center Box Office at 828-726-2407 or visit

Library to Host “Favorite Poem” Event on April 23

The Community “Favorite Poem” Event

Saturday, April 23, 2O16
11:OO am—12:3O pm

Meeting Room, Watauga County Public Library

In observance of April as National Library Month, you are invited to bring your favorite poem! Poetry lovers of all ages may present their own poem, a favorite poem, or be the audience. Please come in early to sign in, if you wish to read a poem. Co-Sponsored by Behind the Stacks, a local poetry group, and The Friends of the Watauga County Public Library.
For more information call Paula at (828) 963-1164 or Ross at the Library Reference Desk, (828) 264-8784,Extension 2.
Persons with special needs please contact the Library five or more days  before the events in order that reasonable arrangements may be made.

WNCW Music to be Featured on NPR’s World Café

The music of western North Carolina and WNCW will be highlighted on NPR’s World Café during the coming week.

David Dye and the World Café visited North Carolina in February to record its Sense of Place series, which will spotlight the city of Asheville and its rich cultural and musical resources including WNCW 88.7 FM.

The World Café’s Sense of Place NC will air March 28 until April 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. on WNCW.

The local artists that will be featured include Steep Canyon Rangers, River Whyless, Tyler Ramsey, The Honeycutters and the Jon Stickley Trio. The live performances for broadcast were recorded at Grey Eagle and Echo Mountain Recording in Asheville.

Joe Kendrick, program director at WNCW, also interviewed World Café host David Dye for part of the show.

World Café visits different cities in its Sense of Place series, made possible by a grant from The Wyncote Foundation.

“With this feature we hope to give you an idea of the past and present of the local music scene and some pointers for musicians or music-lovers planning a visit,” said Dye.

The Sense of Place series has focused on countries like Ireland, Sweden and Brazil, and cities like Los Angeles, Memphis, Minneapolis and Detroit. After North Carolina, the World Café plans a Sense of Place visit to Australia.

Dye is also planning to feature Charlotte, Durham and the Triangle in an upcoming edition of Sense of Place.

WNCW 88.7 FM is a public radio station owned and operated by Isothermal Community College in Spindale, North Carolina.

The station is a nationally known leader in the Americana format. The station’s eclectic music mix spans a wide variety of genres, but is typified by alternative rock and country, folk, blues, bluegrass, world music and jazz. Original programming ranges from a weekly sampling of bluegrass on “Goin’ across the Mountain” to explorations into Frank Zappa during “Frank on Friday.” Regional news is also highlighted each weekday in addition to National Public Radio’s Morning Edition.

WNCW 88.7’s main signal can be heard in parts of five states. The station also has translators in Boone, Charlotte and Greenville, S.C. The station also broadcasts over the 90.7 frequency on WSIF FM in Wilkesboro.

Kendrick’s interview with Dye about the upcoming programming may be heard here:…/david-dye-world-cafe-interview-joe-kendrick

 Kingsport Photography Contest Exhibition Set for May 29 – June 22

The 14th Annual Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition will be held at the Kingsport Art Guild Main Gallery and the Atrium Gallery located in the Kingsport Renaissance Center in Kingsport, TN.
     The Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition is looking for entries for this year’s event.  There are three levels of competition: Youth, Amateur, Proficient. Competition categories are:  Nature, Pictorial, and the Carrie Penley Special Theme.  This year’s theme is, “ADVENTURE TIME.”  The photographs can be in color or monochrome (black & white).
     Cash Prizes and ribbons are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places, People’s Choice, Best of Show and the Jerry Penley “I Love the Blue Ridge/Appalachian Region.”  Honorable Mentions will receive ribbons.
     Entries can be turned in Monday-Friday May 2-13 from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. and on SaturdaysMay 7 and 14 from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. at Rainbow’s End Floral and Gift Shop located at 214 E. Center St. Kingsport, TN.  Deadline is Saturday May 14th at 3 p.m.  Entries may be shipped to Ann Fortney 154 W. Wanola Ave, Kingsport TN 37660, but entries need to arrive by the deadline.
     Judging will be Saturday May 21 from 10 a.m. till finished.  Times depend on number of entries.  Judging will be at the Kingsport Renaissance Center located at 1200 E. Center St. Kingsport, TN and is open to the public.
     The Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Exhibition will be from May 29-June22, 2016.  The exhibit will be at the Kingsport Art Guild Main Gallery and the Atrium Gallery located inside the Kingsport Renaissance Center and will be open during regular business hours.  The Reception Awards Ceremony will be Sunday May 29, 2016 from 2-4p.m. All awards will be presented that day with the exception of the People’s Choice Award; which will be presented June 11, at 3:30 p.m.  Deadline for voting for the People’s Choice award is June 11, at 3 p.m.
     For more information contact Ann Fortney at 423-914-5453, email [email protected]or Facebook: Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition.
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