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For immediate use Oct. 30, 1998 – No. 803

 

WUNC-FM to launch Composers-in-Context Series Nov. 21

CHAPEL HILL -- WUNC-FM will present the inaugural concert of the WUNC Composers-in-Context Series Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Hill Hall auditorium.

Performing artists will hold a pre-concert discussion at 7 p.m. A broadcast highlighting the concert performances will air on WUNC-FM Dec. 10 at 9 p.m.

Concert tickets are available from the Frank Porter Graham Student Union Box Office. Prices are $10 general admission, $8 for seniors and free for all students. Tickets may be purchased by telephone, (919) 962-1449, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visa and Mastercard are accepted.

The concert will feature guest artists The Ciompi Quartet, in residence at Duke University. The program includes string quartets by Maurice Ravel and Franz Schubert ("Death and the Maiden") as well as the world premiere of a new quartet by WUNC Composer-in-Residence Nathaniel Stookey.

The WUNC Composers-in-Context Series is a highlight of the station’s Composer-in-Residence Program and reflects a commitment to community service. "The program is unique in that the region’s most prominent classical ensembles and most respected academic departments have joined forces with WUNC to reach out to the communities we serve," said Bill Davis, general manager.

The series goal is to present the music of a living North Carolina composer within its broader context. Organizers said the concert will create a musical context for Stookey’s new string quartet by presenting it alongside more familiar works that have influenced his development as an artist. The pre-concert discussion will draw connections between these and other works -- including music from outside the classical repertoire.

The series also creates a community context for the composer’s work, organizers said. Through workshops at public schools in Wake, Durham and Orange counties, students will experience the composing process first-hand. Using basic ideas derived from the new work they will later hear in concert, each class will create it’s own composition.

A native of San Francisco, Stookey recently served as composer-in-residence with The Hallé Orchestra of Manchester, England, and visiting lecturer in composition at the University of Sheffield. He now lives in Chapel Hill.

WUNC-FM is the National Public Radio affiliate licensed to UNC-CH. The 100,000-watt FM station serves more than 150,000 people in 16 central North Carolina counties 24 hours each day. The counties are: Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Guilford, Harnett, Lee, Moore, Orange, Person, Randolph, Rockingham, Vance and Wake.

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WUNC-CH contact: Michael Arnold, program director, 966-5454