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Raleigh Civic Symphony

April 14, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

$5 – $12

NC State Department of Music and the Raleigh Civic Symphony Association present


With an eye to the upcoming anniversaries of the 19th Amendment and the Voting Rights Act, the Raleigh Civic Symphony performs a concert of music by female and African-American composers. The concert features Ethyl Smyth’s popular suffragette anthem March of the Women and the American premiere of Ethiopia’s Shadow in America, a newly discovered work by Florence Price, the first African-American woman to have her music performed by a professional orchestra. The concert’s centerpiece is the world premiere of a new work combining a virtual reality experience with live orchestra. The piece combines visuals by NC State College of Design students and faculty member Derek Ham and music by Aleksandra Vrebalov, a Serbian-American composer known for her multimedia collaborations with Kronos Quartet. The musicians of the orchestra will be placed throughout the concert hall, mirroring the 360-degree visual experience.

Prior to the concert there will be two free events in Talley Student Union exploring the intersections of gender, race, music and technology: a panel discussion and a showcase.


Concert: Our Voices Will Be Heard

Talley Student Union, Stewart Theatre
4:00 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: The supplementary virtual reality experience will require you to bring your smart phone and connect to our wifi network in order to participate. Due to signal limitations, the Google Cardboard headsets and access to the wifi will be limited to the first 300 audience members. The visual component of the program will also be projected for those who are not experiencing the virtual reality aspect of the event. Arrive early for the full experience.

For a list of compatible smart phones, click here.

Tickets for the concert can be purchased at the door or in advance through Ticket Central at 919-515-1100 (1:00-6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday) or online. $5 for NC State students; $10 for seniors, NC State faculty/staff, or non-NCSU students; $12 general admission. Children under 12 free.

Showcase Event

Talley Student Union, Stewart Theatre Lobby
3:00 p.m.

Browse the exhibits, information tables and interactive offerings from a variety of on- and off-campus groups involved in the areas of civic engagement, voting, gender, racial equality, social justice and innovative technology.


Panel Discussion

Talley Student Union, room 3222
2:00 p.m.
Moderator: Dr. Deb Royals-Mizerk
Panelists: Dr. Blair Kelley, Dr. Joyce Russell and Dr. Kristen Turner

Panelists and the audience will engage in discussions about issues concerning gender, race and justice as well as technology.

Dr. Deb Royals Mizerk
Performance and cultural studies scholar; Ph.D. in Performance/Cultural Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2016; M.A. in Theatre and Performance Studies, Northwestern University, 1996; B.A. in Acting and Directing, UNC-Greensboro, 1987.
Dr. Mizerk is Artistic Director and co-founder of the Justice Theater Project, an “advocacy activist” theater company in central North Carolina that engages the community in important conversations concerning life, dignity, choice, solidarity, care and justice for all people.

Dr. Blair L. M. Kelley
Ph.D. History, Duke University; M.A. History, Duke University; Graduate Certificates in Women’s Studies and African American Studies, Duke University; B.A. History and African American Studies, University of Virginia.
Dr. Kelley is the Assistant Dean for Interdisciplinary Studies and International Programs for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at NC State.

Dr. Joyce Russell
Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies (merging English, African American Literature and Philosophy) from Emory University.
Dr. Russell currently teaches at St. Augustine’s University.

Dr. Kristen Turner
Ph.D. in Musicology, UNC-Chapel Hill; M.A. in Musicology, Eastman School of Music; M.A. in Musicology, UNC-Chapel Hill; B.M. in Performance, UNC-Greensboro.
Dr. Turner is a lecturer in music history with the NC State Department of Music.