Featuring professional artists from around the world in our WCU PRESENTS series, Bardo Arts Center (BAC) provides the Western North Carolina Region with access to internationally acclaimed artists and regional favorites. In addition, the BAC Performance Hall serves as a dynamic venue for educational symposiums, campus events, and student performances from the WCU College of Fine and Performing Arts.
Thursday, September 7 at 7:30PM
Nearly 45 years after its original release, this classic rock opera has now been fully realized as a full length bluegrass tribute featuring Springfield, Missouri’s The HillBenders. Conceived and produced by SXSW co-founder and longtime musician/producer Louis Jay Meyers, this Bluegrass Opry brings a new perspective to Tommy while paying complete respect to its creators.
Previously known as Galaxy of the Stars, this performance season features world-class artists on the Bardo Arts Center stage. The 2017-2018 season is filled with everything from electronic rap to tap! More info coming soon.
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The Performance Hall boasts an elegant 1,000-seat theatre, with finely-tuned acoustics and state-of-the-art lighting system. It is also home to The Studio, a black-box style theater which provides flexible space in an intimate performance setting.
Designed by Gund Partnership, the 122,000 square-foot facility is a bold interpretation of the grandeur of the Great Smoky Mountains. Staff members visited the Joyce Kilmer National Forest and were inspired by the spiritual and cultural home of the Cherokee. The architect's profound experience of Western North Carolina's regional history, diverse mountain culture and local vernacular inspired the building design.