Event Information:

  • Sun

    Our Voices Will Be Heard: A Celebration of Women’s Suffrage and the Voting Rights Act

    4:00 pmStewart Theatre, Talley Student Union

    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 Verbalov, 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. It will be the first-ever combination of live orchestral music with VR technology.

    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.

    Panel Discussion

    Talley Student Union, room 3222
    2:00 p.m.
    Moderator: Dr. Deb Royals-Mizerk
    Panelists: Dr. Blair Kelley, Dr. Joyce Russell, Dr. Kristen Turner, Rebecca Boggs Roberts, Alekandra Vrebalov (composer)

    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.


    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.


    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.


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