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Friday, October 27, 2017, 7:30 PM 

At the Moss Arts Center, 190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg, VA 24061
In the Street and Davis Performance Hall's Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre

Category A $45 | Category B $35 | Category C $20
$10 students with ID and children 18 and under

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“Scheinman [has] a distinctive vision of American music, suffused with plainspoken beauty and fortified all at once by country, gospel, and melting-pot folk, along with jazz and the blues.”  —The New York Times

Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait
Music by Jenny Scheinman
Film by Finn Taylor
All footage shot by H. Lee Waters between 1936-1942

Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait was commissioned by Duke Performances at Duke University. The piece premiered at Duke's Reynolds Industries Theater on Friday, March 20, 2015.

Jenny Scheinman, composer, arranger, violin, and vocals
Robbie Fulks, guitar, banjo, and vocals
Robbie Gjersoe, resonator guitar, baritone electric guitar, and vocals
Finn Taylor, film director
Rick LeCompte, film editor
Trevor Jolly, sound designer

Captivating visuals from small towns in the 1930s and ’40s are set to an original live score created by composer, singer, and violinist Jenny Scheinman. Depression-era filmmaker H. Lee Waters documented more than 118 small towns in the southeastern United States between 1936 and 1942. He filmed regular people going about their lives—mill workers streaming out of factories, a mother and daughter dancing on a dirt road, an old man reading a wartime headline. Scheinman’s score of folk songs and fiddle music accompany this footage in a new film by director Finn Taylor. These iconic images set to Scheinman’s music speak deeply to any community today, as they did to the towns portrayed at the time.

This performance is supported in part by a gift from Don and Libby Drapeau.

Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait was made possible, in part, with an award from the National Endowment for the Arts; a grant from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation; a grant from New Music USA; a Visiting Artist Grant from the Council for the Arts, Office of the Provost, Duke University; support from the Archive of Documentary Arts at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Duke University; and a gift from Neil D. Karbank.

Management: Elizabeth Penta, EMCEE Artist Management
Exclusive Worldwide Representation: Sue Bernstein, Bernstein Artists, Inc.

Learn more about present-day achievements in Appalachian communities at Save Our Towns, a monthly internet video series offered by Virginia Tech's Outreach and International Affairs to guide and inspire leaders throughout Appalachia who are working hard to create prosperity in their towns.

Images + Sound, Heritage 
Deeper, Appalachia

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