Our Voices Will Be Heard: Celebrating Womens Suffrage and the Voting Rights Act


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 Smyths popular suffragette anthem March of the Women and the American premiere of Ethiopia in America, a newly discovered work by Florence Price, the first African-American woman to have her music performed by a professional orchestra. The concerts 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 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.