In North Carolina, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra is among the cultural organizations participating in Charlotte’s Ulysses Festival: Charlotte Spring Festival of the Arts, a series of lectures, exhibitions, and performances at venues throughout Charlotte during the month of April. The festival will open with a panel discussion, “Technology & Art: Gimmick or Transformation,” on April 4, and on April 19 the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra will perform a program entitled “American Masters and Pioneers,” with works to include Gershwin’s An American in Paris and John Adams’s Short Ride in a Fast Machine, as well as music inspired by Aphex Twin, a composer of electronic and ambient music. The Levine Museum of the New South will be the site on April 7 and 9 for performances of David Crowe’s multimedia work Mill Village: A Piedmont Rhapsody, featuring the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, narrator David Mills, singer/songwriter Don Gibson, and banjo player Earl Scruggs. Other organizations participating in the festival include the North Carolina Dance Theatre and Opera Carolina. The Ulysses Festival’s inaugural year was 2012, when the theme was “The Majesty of Russia and the Music of Tchaikovsky.” More information on the 2013 Ulysses Festival is available here.

Posted February 19, 2013