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Charlotte Symphony to Perform Free Concert

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra will come to the UNC Charlotte campus for a free lunchtime performance at 12:30 PM, Wednesday, Oct. 5, in the Belk Theater of the Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts.

The concert’s kaleidoscopic program will include short sections from Mozart’s "Jupiter" Symphony, Vivaldi’s "Four Seasons," Stravinsky’s "Firebird Suite" and "West Side Story." A contemporary piece by Michigan-based composer Kristin Kuster (b. 1973) and "Lyric for Strings" by the black American composer George Walker (b. 1922) also will be featured.

The College of Arts + Architecture is hosting this event for the campus community.

Annual Maxwell-Roddey Lecture Set for Sept. 29

Historian Bernard Powers Jr., a professor at the College of Charleston, will present "On Jordan’s Stormy Banks: Racial Violence and the Quest for Home in America" at 5:30 PM, Thursday, Sept. 29, in Fretwell, room 100. This free, public event is the eighth annual Bertha Maxwell-Roddey Distinguished Africana Lecture, sponsored by the Africana Studies Department.

Powers, who earned a Ph.D. in American history from Northwestern University, teaches courses in American, African American and African diasporic history. He is co-author of "We are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel," which contextualizes the racially motivated murders that occurred in that city in summer 2015.

A book signing and reception will follow Powers’ Sept. 29 presentation. The Bertha Maxwell-Roddey Distinguished Africana Lecture honors its namesake for her pioneering contributions to the development of Africana studies as an academic discipline at UNC Charlotte as the department’s founding chair; she also helped build black cultural institutions in the greater Charlotte area and nationally.