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Shara Nova And The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Perform "The Blue Hour" At Big Ears 2023


Melony Dodson talks with composers Rachel Grimes and Shara Nova

The Blue Hour is a song cycle commissioned by the Boston-based chamber ensemble, A Far Cry. For this work, the ensemble commissioned not one but five powerhouse composers to create this thought-provoking work. Rachel Grimes, Shara Nova, Caroline Shaw, Sarah Kirkland Snider, and Angélica Negrón joined together and selected a poem by Carolyn Forché entitled "On Earth" as the text for the cycle. This poem explores the scattered thoughts, visions, and imagery of a life as one approaches death. The hope of these composers is that this music will make listeners think about the beauty of the world and the value of human life and the present moment.

Vocalist and composer, Shara Nova, will perform The Blue Hour with members of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra at The Big Ears Festival on Sunday, April 2nd at 8pm in the historic Bijou Theatre. Additional information about the Big Ears Festival can be found at https://bigearsfestival.org/

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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