|New music, slam poetry come together in March festival|
|Wednesday, February 25, 2009|
A festival of new music, March 1-5 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will bring together slam poetry and European composers and musicians for workshops, seminars and performances.
Saul Williams, a hip-hop artist and slam poet, will be the artist-in-residence for the festival, “Hopes, Dreams, Realities.” He also is a writer, actor and musician known for his blend of poetry and alternative hip-hop. Williams had a leading role in the 1998 independent film “Slam,” which won prizes at the Sundance and Cannes film festivals.
A schedule of festival highlights is below. The opening concert on Sunday (March 1) will feature the Carolina Choir and the UNC Chamber Singers, directed by music professor Susan Klebanow and joined by Williams. They will perform new works by Swiss composer Thomas Kessler and German composer Michael Riessler, commissioned by the music department.
The Arditti String Quartet, an ensemble based in London, has influenced the string quartet literature of the past 35 years. The group will play a full quartet program on March 2 and the U.S. premiere of Kessler’s avante-garde setting of Williams’ poem “The Dead Emcee Scrolls” on March 5. Both performances are in Memorial Hall.
The festival, sponsored by the music department in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences, was initiated by pianist Stefan Litwin, the George Kennedy Distinguished Professor of Music. It was made possible in collaboration with UNC’s Office of the Executive Director for the Arts and the Carolina Union.
Events will include:
For more events and information, visit http://music.unc.edu.
Music department contact: Glenn McDonald, (919) 962-1039,