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RALEIGH -- The Raleigh Chamber Music Guild and the North Carolina Museum of Art, in cooperation with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, present the world premiere of "Iceblink" on the Sights & Sounds on Sundays concert series on April 27 at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones Street, in Raleigh. "Iceblink" was commissioned by the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild from UNC composer Allen Anderson with support from the North Carolina Arts Council and the City of Raleigh Arts Commission.

"Iceblink" is a 45-minute multimedia work employing a chamber orchestra, soprano and narrator complementing the projection of hundreds of images from Antarctica, as captured by UNC Professor of Music Brooks de Wetter-Smith during a December 2006 expedition. Dr. Anderson and Dr. Smith have worked in collaboration to meld music, words and images to describe the history, climate and animal life of this bleak, yet spectacular continent.

Dr. Michael Votta, also of the UNC department of music, will conduct and his colleagues will include Terry Rhodes, soprano, and Tonu Kalam, narrator. Other musicians will be Hsiao-mei Ku, violin; Hugh Partridge, viola; Timothy Holley, cello; Martin Stam, double bass; Donald Oehler, clarinet; Jacqueline Bartlett, harp; and Arnold Sykes, percussion.

Other works on the program will include Shulamit Ran's East Wind for Solo Flute; Three Pieces for Clarinet Solo by Stravinsky and Debussy's Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp.

There will be two opportunities to hear "Iceblink." On April 26 at 3:00pm (preceded by a discussion at 2:30pm), the public is invited to attend an open rehearsal of this work only (about 45 minutes). All seats are $5.00 and may be purchased in advance from the NCMA box office at (919) 715-5923, or www.ncartmuseum.org, and at the door beginning at 2:00pm.

The full concert will be held at 3:00pm (preceded by a discussion at 2:00pm) on April 27. Tickets are $10.00 for the general public and $8.00 for students and NCMA and NCMNS members and may be purchased in advance from the NCMA box office at (919) 715-5923, or www.ncartmuseum.org, and at the door beginning at 1:30pm.

The Raleigh Chamber Music Guild and the NC Museum of Art, cosponsors of the Sights & Sounds on Sundays series, wish to thank NC Museum of Natural Sciences Director Betsy Bennett and her staff for their generosity in making the Museum and its services available for this special project.

Please contact the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild for photos of Antarctica or additional information about this event: Nancy Lambert, Executive Director; (919) 821-2030; rcmg@juno.com; www.rcmg.org


The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, in downtown Raleigh, documents and interprets the natural history of the state of North Carolina through exhibits, research, collections, publications, and educational programming. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9 am to 5 pm, and Sun., noon to 5 pm. Admission is free. Visit the Museum on the Web at naturalsciences.org. The Museum is an agency of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, William G. Ross Jr., Secretary.