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May 18, 2001 -- No. 257



WUNC-FM Composers-in-Context Series Continues

CHAPEL HILL -- The WUNC Composers-in-Context Series commemorates the Memorial Day holiday with five centuries of sacred music on Sunday, May 27th, at 3 p.m. at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. The concert will be recorded for broadcast on 91.5 WUNC-FM later this year.

Tickets are available from the museum box office. They cost $6 for general admission, $5 for museum members, and are free for students. Tickets may be purchased by telephone, (919) 715-5923, Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. -4 p.m. Visa and MasterCard are accepted.

The concert will feature the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham, directed by Rodney Wynkoop, and guest composer Dan Locklair, professor of music at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. The program commemorates the Memorial Day holiday with 500 years of sacred music. The program culminates in Dan Locklair's Brief Mass for a capella choir.

In place of printed program notes, Locklair will join Composer-in-Residence Nathaniel Stookey in an informal discussion of how the brief mass relates to the genre's long and illustrious history. The musicians will illustrate these connections for the audience using simple musical examples drawn from the works on the program.

The semi-annual Composers-in-Context Series is hosted by North Carolina Symphony/WUNC Composer-in-Residence Nathaniel Stookey and draws on talent from across the WUNC Radio's coverage area.

WUNC-FM at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill serves more than 190,000 weekly listeners from Greensboro to the Outer Banks with four stations. WUNC is heard at 91.5 FM in the Triad and Triangle, at 90.9 FM in the Rocky Mount/Wilson/Greenville area, and at 90.5 and 90.9 FM along the Outer Banks. WUNC is also online at www.wunc.org.

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Contact: Michael Arnold, program director, WUNC, (919) 966-5454