CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A chamber piece written by Ron Parks of Winthrop University is among the music featured Feb. 6 in “Changes of Note,” an entertaining evening of diverse music-making at Queens University in Charlotte, N.C.
As the culminating event of the Symphony’s “Orchestra on Campus: Changing Places, Changing Tunes” project, this multi-faceted concert brings together an array of performers to explore themes of cultural identity and change, inspired by the current exhibit at Levine Museum of the New South, “Changing Places: From Black and White to Technicolor.” The 8 p.m. event in Dana Auditorium is free and is sponsored by the Charlotte Symphony and Friends of Music at Queens.
The Feb. 6 concert features music from across continents and centuries and includes short chamber pieces composed by faculty from area schools: Craig Bove of Central Piedmont Community College, John Allemeier of UNC Charlotte and Parks, a Winthrop associate professor of music. Performed by combined ensembles of Charlotte Symphony musicians and faculty from local music departments, these pieces were composed in response to the Levine Museum exhibit and reflect upon concepts of migration, adaptation and communication.
Several Winthrop faculty performers will be featured during Park’s piece, including soprano Kristen Wunderlich, pianist Janice Bradner, flutist Jill O'Neill, oboe Hollis Ulaky and trumpet Mark Dulin. They will perform with members of the Charlotte Symphony. The visuals for the performance will be supplied by Winthrop information design students in a class taught by Gerry Derksen, associate professor of design.
“Changes of Note” also features French composer Jacques Ibert’s “Deux Interludes,” performed by an honors trio of music students from UNC Charlotte. The Queens Chamber Singers will sing music inspired by the life and work of African-American artist Loїs Mailou Jones, whose work can be seen currently at The Mint Museum in “Loïs Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color.”
“Orchestra on Campus: Changing Places, Changing Tunes” is a Charlotte Symphony project in partnership with Levine Museum of the New South, The Mint Museum of Art, and six local colleges and universities. The project has encouraged collaboration among students and professionals from different disciplines and provided students with hands-on learning in the arts.
The theme of “Orchestra on Campus” was inspired by “Changing Places: From Black and White to Technicolor,” which looks at the growing population of “newcomers” to the Charlotte metropolitan area and their cultural and economic impact. The project included a full orchestral, multi-media concert performed in November on four college campuses, plus smaller ensemble performances, exhibitions, and lecture demonstrations that explored the effects of migration and immigration on artistic expression. This February 6 concert is the project’s final activity.