Enoch Arden: A Melodrama
George Brown

“Enoch Arden: A Melodrama,” is the first of many special programs offered by the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival and will be held Sunday, June 25, at the Bardo Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University.

“Enoch Arden” was written in 1864 by Alfred, Lord Tennyson during his tenure as England’s Poet Laureate.  In 1887 Richard Strauss set the narrative poem to music.  George Brown, Dean of Western’s College of Fine and Performing Arts, and pianist William Ransom will perform this melodramatic piece at 3:00 P.M. on Sunday, June 25.

It’s the tale of an impoverished fisherman who, trying to provide for his family, leaves his wife and three children and becomes a merchant sailor.  Arden suffers many hardships but does, eventually, return home.  While it’s not uncommon for piano to accompany poetry recitation, this performance given by two such accomplished talents will undoubtedly transfix and move the audience.

William Ransom, the Anna and Hays Mershon Artistic Director of the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, has been lauded as an impressive and energetic performer.  He has performed in recital, as soloist with orchestras, and as a chamber musician worldwide.  George H. Brown has worked in professional and university theater for more than 20 years, filling a variety of positions from director to actor to flight choreographer.

Newly restructured as a combined and collective center for the arts, Bardo Arts Center is a central and pivotal destination for the arts in Western North Carolina.  Home to an elegant 1,000-seat performance hall, the Bardo Arts Center provides an acoustically and visually superb setting for Brown and Ransom as they perform “Enoch Arden: A Melodrama,” Sunday, June 25 at 3:00 P.M.

To purchase tickets for this special program, visit arts.wcu.edu/HCCMF or call (828) 227-ARTS. Tickets are $35 each.  For more information on the 36th season of the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, visit h-cmusicfestival.org or phone (828) 526-9060.