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Valentine’s Day concert: Western Piedmont Symphony, conducted by maestro John Gordon Ross, will perform “Masterworks III: Love and Death” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 in P.E. Monroe Auditorium, on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory. The concert will feature Mozart’s Overture to Cosi Fan Tutte, K. 588; Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 2; Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll; and Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from “A West Side Story.”

The evening begins with a Valentine’s Day dinner and drinks, featuring a pre-concert talk by Ross 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 14 in the Cromer Center, on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory. Dinner tickets are $35 and include a menu of capicola and provolone-stuffed chicken, petit boeuf, rosemary potatoes, salad greens, bean almondine, artisan breads and dessert.

Reservations are required for the dinner. Concert tickets are an additional $17-$37. To make a dinner reservation and to purchase concert tickets, call the Western Piedmont Symphony weekday box office at 828-324-8603.

Rotarian Idol audition added: Hickory Rotary Club will hold an additional audition for its musical fundraiser Rotarian Idol 2-3:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the SALT Block Auditorium, 243 Third Ave. N.E., Hickory. There is no limit to age or place of residence, but professional singers making more than $600 in 2014 will not be allowed to audition. A $5 fee is required.

Rotarian Idol is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 14 in P.E. Monroe Auditorium on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory. Money raised from this year’s event will benefit educational needs throughout Catawba County and other humanitarian causes supported by Rotary.

Audition forms are available at www.hickoryrotary.org. For information or to purchase event tickets, call John Rambo at 828-327-3855, ext. 113.

Ridgeview Library performance: Bright Star Touring Theatre, a national touring theater company based in Asheville, will perform “Rosa Parks & Forgotten Friends” 6 p.m. Jan. 27 at Ridgeview Branch Library, 706 First St. S.W., Hickory. Geared for audiences in third grades and older, the production celebrates the life and work of Rosa Parks, in addition to the achievements of the Tuskegee Airmen, Buffalo Soldiers, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth and more.

The program is free and open to the public. For information, contact Carole Dennis at 828-345-6037 or cdennis@hickory.gov.

Jan. 25

‘1944: A War, The People, A New Museum:’

The Hickory Museum of Art was founded in 1944, a time when the United States was involved in World War II and Hickory was in the middle of a polio epidemic. This is an exhibition which draws from the permanent collection and draws artifacts from the Catawba County Historical Association and local businesses, which began during this time. 1-4 p.m. Hickory Museum of Art. 243 Third Ave. N.E., Hickory. 828-327-8576. www.hickorymuseumofart.org.

Jan. 27

‘1944: A War, The People, A New Museum:’

The Hickory Museum of Art was founded in 1944, a time when the United States was involved in World War II and Hickory was in the middle of a polio epidemic. This is an exhibition which draws from the permanent collection and draws artifacts from the Catawba County Historical Association and local businesses, which began during this time. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Hickory Museum of Art. 243 Third Ave. N.E., Hickory. 828-327-8576. www.hickorymuseumofart.org.

Jan. 28

Tastings:

Beer tasting event. 5 p.m. Catawba Valley Brewing Co. 212 S. Green St., Morganton. 828-430-6883. www.catawbavalleybrewingCompany.com.

Jan. 30

Tastings:

Beer tasting event. 5 p.m. Catawba Valley Brewing Co. 212 S. Green St., Morganton. 828-430-6883. www.catawbavalleybrewingCompany.com.

Feb. 1

‘1944: A War, The People, A New Museum:’

The Hickory Museum of Art was founded in 1944, a time when the United States was involved in World War II and Hickory was in the middle of a polio epidemic. This is an exhibition which draws from the permanent collection and draws artifacts from the Catawba County Historical Association and local businesses, which began during this time. 1-4 p.m. Hickory Museum of Art. 243 Third Ave. N.E., Hickory. 828-327-8576. www.hickorymuseumofart.org.

Feb. 3

‘1944: A War, The People, A New Museum:’

The Hickory Museum of Art was founded in 1944, a time when the United States was involved in World War II and Hickory was in the middle of a polio epidemic. This is an exhibition which draws from the permanent collection and draws artifacts from the Catawba County Historical Association and local businesses, which began during this time. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Hickory Museum of Art. 243 Third Ave. N.E., Hickory. 828-327-8576. www.hickorymuseumofart.org.

Feb. 4

Tastings:

Beer tasting event. 5 p.m. Catawba Valley Brewing Co. 212 S. Green St., Morganton. 828-430-6883. www.catawbavalleybrewingCompany.com.

Feb. 6

Tastings:

Beer tasting event. 5 p.m. Catawba Valley Brewing Co. 212 S. Green St., Morganton. 828-430-6883. www.catawbavalleybrewingCompany.com.

Feb. 8

‘1944: A War, The People, A New Museum:’

The Hickory Museum of Art was founded in 1944, a time when the United States was involved in World War II and Hickory was in the middle of a polio epidemic. This is an exhibition which draws from the permanent collection and draws artifacts from the Catawba County Historical Association and local businesses, which began during this time. 1-4 p.m. Hickory Museum of Art. 243 Third Ave. N.E., Hickory. 828-327-8576. www.hickorymuseumofart.org.

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