Field trip tomorrow.  Eleven of us on a small bus to Raleigh – about two hours away – for a full day of activities.

  • 1:00 pm: Recording session with members of the North Carolina Symphony of works by student composers Noah Ferguson, Leo Hurley, Ted Oliver, Zachary Polozune, Nicchi Rozsa, Alicia Willard, Max Witt.  A chance to participate in a professional recording session and experience some of the resulting challenges and opportunities outside of the academic environment.
  • 6:45 pm: Premiere of String Quartet No. 1 by UNCSA student Leo Hurley on an early-evening program in Meymandi Hall.  Leo’s piece won a competition sponsored by the North Carolina Symphony to get this premiere.
  • 8:00 pm: Composer Portrait performance by the North Carolina Symphony, featuring three works by John Adams.  Adams has put an enormous footprint on the new music world, especially in the orchestral sphere.  We’ve been studying his work all year: now we’ll experience Eros Piano, Short Ride in a Fast Machine and Harmonium live in one evening.

It’s a lot to pack into nine hours.  We should roll back into campus a little after midnight, a bit happier and a whole lot wiser.

(And here’s where I get to express my appreciation to the Kenan Institute for the Arts and the UNCSA School of Music for making these kinds of growth experiences possible.)

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