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Compose Carolina


In a new partnership inspired by a spring semester and performance season cut short by COVID-19 social distancing measures, UNC Department of Music and Carolina Performing Arts are bringing together six young composers for Compose Carolina, a weekly series featuring both alumni and current Carolina students. 

An example of collaboration and innovation sparked by a common desire to safeguard our communities while continuing to provide inspiration through the arts, Compose Carolina’s theme is “Looking Forward”—encapsulating the spectrum from the literal to the metaphorical and open to individual interpretation. Each composer, selected by Department of Music faculty, will write a short musical piece, which will be streamed during a live event featuring them in conversation with a moderator from UNC’s Department of Music faculty. 

The series kicks off with recent graduate Eliana Fishbeyn and her composition “Quiet Resistance,” played by a big band ensemble at the Manhattan School of Music, where the composer is earning her Master of Music degree in jazz composition. Of the Compose Carolina theme, she writes, “What I find most interesting about the concept of looking forward is the opportunity that we have as a society to reevaluate not only our institutions, but our moral selves, in an attempt to make them more compassionate, just and human.”

Compose Carolina will also host alumni composers Noah Balamucki and Christian Cail, as well as students David Green, Alex McKeveny and James Larkins. UNC faculty moderators include Allen Anderson (department chair and composition area head), Stephen Anderson and Lee Weisert.

This free six-week series will take place Fridays at noon EDT, on the Carolina Performing Arts Facebook page (event here) and YouTube channel and on its COVID-era platform #CPAatHome.


Thursday, July 2 at 12 PM with Noah Balamucki

Friday, July 10 at 12 PM with Christian Cail

Friday, July 17 at 12 PM with David Green

Friday, July 24 at 12 PM with Alex McKeveny

Friday, July 31 at 12 PM with James Larkins

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