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UTC presents “A Tribute to Paul Laurence Dunbar”

The UTC Departments of Art, English, and Music present "A Tribute to Paul Laurence Dunbar," the first African-American to gain national eminence as a poet. This year marks the 125th Anniversary of his birth. The program to be held on Monday evening, February 26, 7:30 p.m. in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall, UTC Fine Arts Center, is the culmination of a number of class initiatives and activities, including poetry and essay contests.

The program will feature performances by the UTC Tuba Euphonium Ensemble, Women’s Chorale, Chamber Singers, and Men’s Chorus, and student soloists, along with readings by winners of the poetry and essay contests. There will also be an exhibit of student typographic art inspired by Dunbar poetry.  Included among the performances will be three premieres of new works by faculty composers Kenyon Wilson, Mario Abril, and Roland Carter, and a work by Jonathan McNair. Works by student composers Chad Wade and Ryan Keith will be premiered also. Guest soloist, Pamela Dillard, mezzo soprano, will perform a set of art songs based on the poetry of Dunbar.

After discovering in his music collection some forty art songs by African American composers who used the poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar, UTC Holmberg Professor of American Music Roland Carter presented the idea of collaboration to Dr.Verbie Prevost, Matt Greenwell, and Dr. Jonathan McNair. They, along with other faculty members in the respective departments, agreed to participate in the venture.

February 23, 2007