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Sarah Kirkland Snider Presents Her Song Cycle, "Unremembered" at Big Ears 2017

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Recently deemed "one of the decade's most gifted, up-and-coming modern classical composers" (Pitchfork magazine), Sarah Kirkland Snider's compositions draw from a variety of inspirations: Mozart, Chopin, Arvo Part, and David Lang, to Radiohead and St. Vincent. Sarah's orchestral, chamber, and choral works are critically acclaimed, as are her song cycles, which fuse together her love for both classical and pop/rock influences.

Sarah will present her newest song cycle, Unremembered, at Big Ears Festival 2017, (Thursday, March 23rd at 8:30pm at the Bijou Theatre). Joining her are The Knights ensemble and vocalists, Shara Nova, DM Stith, and Padma Newsome.

Morning Concert host, Melony Dodson, and Sarah have a frank conversation about this song cycle and her influences and compositional style but also discuss the evolution and progress of "classical music" as a genre, as well as challenges that she has encountered as a female composer.

More information about Sarah Kirkland Snider and the Big Ears Festival is available at www.sarahkirklandsnider.com and www.bigearsfestival.com

Melony calls the beautiful mountains of Boone, N.C., home, although she was born near Greensboro, N.C. There’s just something about those Blue Ridge Mountains that got in her blood and never left after she moved there to attend Appalachian State University (ASU). While at ASU, she majored in piano performance and music therapy and began to cultivate a love for accompanying and for collaborating with other musicians. This soon led her to earn a master’s degree in collaborative piano at the University of Tennessee, which she attended from 2006-2008.
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