The composer comments on his work--named for one of the early Facebook applications involving an electronic 'hello' --that “Poke, a 'bagatelle on anti-social media' is scored for cello and double bass, with a running (spoken) dialogue between the two musicians as they play, an argument taking place across various social media. Over the course of the piece, the two "text", "friend" and "like" one another with increasing fury, as their virtual exchanges complete obliterate their real lives in a comic turn on the dark underbelly of our online politesse.”
Tickets for the November 9 performance are $10 general public | $5 for NC State students | $8 for senior citizens; faculty/staff. For more information, call 919-515-2981 or visit this link.
Lawrence Dillon is Composer in Residence at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and has had recent commissions and performances by the Emerson String Quartet, the Mansfield (OH) Symphony, the Boise Philharmonic, the Salt Lake City Symphony, the Daedalus String Quartet, the University of Utah Philharmonia and the Idyllwild (CA) Symphony Orchestra. He has won awards from ASCAP, the Juilliard School, the Ravinia Festival, the International Horn Society, the American Music Center, CRS and many other organizations.