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Raleigh Civic Symphony
April 19 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm$5 – $12
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The Raleigh Civic Symphony with special guest Tift Merritt performs the world premiere of Merritt’s The Other Side of Hungry River
Sunday, April 19 | 4:00 p.m.
Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union
NC State’s Raleigh Civic Symphony performs a program including the world premiere of a newly commissioned work by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and Raleigh native Tift Merritt, part of the NC State/Raleigh Civic Orchestras’ “20 for ’20” season of world premieres. The season culminates with Merritt’s composition, the 20th world premiere the orchestras have presented in the last five years under the direction of Dr. Peter Askim.
The Other Side of Hungry River is a site-specific song cycle exploring the emotional history of the Raleigh property destined to become an iconic public park. Dorothea Dix Hospital was built on a former slave plantation, operated for over 150 years as a mental institution, and closed controversially. Merritt notes that “layers of archived materials, oral histories, medical records, empty buildings and collective memory remain. This work aims to metabolize this complicated past and demonstrate how storytelling is a healing tool for both individual and community.” Tift Merritt will perform with the orchestra as part of the work’s premiere.