Lawrence Dillon’s Poke will be performed by Low and Lower, cellist Brooks Whitehouse and bassist Paul Sharpe, on Friday, November 9 – 7:00 PM at Studio Theatre in Thompson Hall on the campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh. This will be part of the University’s Arts Now, in cooperation with Music@NC State and the PMC Lecture series.

The composer writes about the piece, “Poke, subtitled a bagatelle on anti-social media, is scored for cello and double bass, with a running (spoken) dialogue between the two musicians as they play, an argument taking place across various social media. Over the course of the piece, the two “text”, “friend” and “like” one another with increasing fury, as their virtual exchanges complete obliterate their real lives in a comic turn on the dark underbelly of our online politesse.”

A live video of Poke, filmed during Low and Lower’s 2012 Alaskan tour has gone viral, spreading across the world from the US to Europe, Africa, South America and the Philippines. See it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mYPzl1itIc. Visit them at http://www.brookswhitehouse.com/schedule.

Tickets for the November 9 performance are $10 general public | $5 for NC State students | $8 for senior citizens; faculty/staff. For more information, call 919-515-2981 or visit http://calendar.activedatax.com/ncstate/EventList.aspx?fromdate=11/1/2012&todate=11/14/2012&display=&type=public&eventidn=8356&view=EventDetails&information_id=23943

Naxos has issued Lawrence Dillon Violin Music (Catalogue No: 8.559644 – http://www.naxos.com/catalogue/item.asp?item_code=8.559644), featuring seven chamber works performed by violinist Danielle Belen, 2008 Grand Prize Winner of the Sphinx Competition. His other recent, critically-acclaimed CD release, Insects and Paper Airplanes, is on the Bridge label – http://www.bridgerecords.com/catpage.php?call=9332. His music is published by American Composers Alliance – http://composers.com/. Visit his website at http://www.lawrencedillon.com/.

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