Musical premiere based on Angelou poem

Wake Forest University’s composer-in-residence Dan Locklair has created the first musical composition based on the poem Maya Angelou wrote for Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential inauguration. “Since Dawn (A Tone Poem for Narrator, Chorus and Orchestra based on Maya Angelou’s `On the Pulse of Morning’)” will be premiered by the Winston-Salem Piedmont Triad Symphony Sept. 28 at Wake Forest University.

The concert will kick off the Year of the Arts, a year-long celebration of the arts at Wake Forest. Poet, actress and author Maya Angelou will narrate the premiere performance.

“The spectrum of feeling and intensity of the music hopefully matches the intensity and feeling of the poem,” said Locklair of his 20-minute composition. A prolific composer in many genres, he has created music inspired by the words of numerous poets, including “Windswept (the trees),” based on nine poems by National Book Award winner A.R. Ammons.

At Wake Forest University, Locklair is composer-in-residence and professor of music and Angelou is Reynolds Professor of American Studies.

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