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CSC will perform this new work by Michael Bussewitz-Quarm, one of the nation’s emerging composers, who specializes in choral works on social and environmental issues. Along with collaborators Chantal Sellers (lyricist), and photographer/authors Margaret Sartor and Alex Harris of the School of Documentary Studies at Duke University, Bussewitz-Quarm produced a piece inspired by the photographs of Hugh Mangum.
The Concert Singers of Cary is joining with 31 other choirs (seven in the Triangle, NC area) who co-commissioned and are giving voice to this inspiring new creation in separate presentations.
Self-taught photographer Hugh Mangum was born in 1877 in North Carolina, and worked as an itinerant portraitist in NC and VA during the rise of the Jim Crow era. His works capture the lives of people — Black and white, rich and poor — during the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Learn more about Hugh Mangum here.
Meet the Composer
Passionate about advocacy through choral music, Michael Bussewitz-Quarm is an award-winning New York-based composer, conductor and speaker. Ms. Bussewitz-Quarm’s published music catalog spans more than 20 years of composing activity and more than 30 vocal and choral works that have been premiered by youth voices, church choirs, professional singers and community choruses throughout the United States and Canada.
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