The Western Carolina University Wind Ensemble will perform a free concert in the Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The ensemble, under the direction of Margaret Underwood, WCU director of bands and associate professor of music, will open the program with Charles Ives’ “Country Band March.” Also featured will be “Little Threepenny Music” by Kurt Weill; “Summerland” by William Grant Still, considered the first African American to have a work premiered by a major symphony orchestra; and “Peace Dancer” by Jodie Blackshaw, who was inspired by a Native American story to remind people to love and respect. The concert will close with Erika Svanoe’s “Steampunk Suite,” with four vignettes on notable and sometimes notorious historical figures.

In addition to being the final performance of the semester for the ensemble, it will be the last performance as students for soon-to-graduate seniors Hudson Moore, Mickey McCabe, Anna Waters, Ben Grochowsky, Mary Freeman, Westley Springthorpe, Tom Shoemaker and Brett Farris.

For more information, contact the School of Music at 227-7242.