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FASCINATING TOPICS, LOCAL SPEAKERS — Folkmoot’s Cultural Crash Courses feature lectures on current cultural issues, including global politics, race, immigration, gender, climate change, technology and multiculturalism.

Folkmoot’s fall year-round program schedule begins with a new series — Cultural Crash Courses — Wednesday, Sept. 18. Hear WCU Music Professor Dr. Christina L Reitz present a lecture on the musical adaptation of Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain.

WCU professor Dr. Christina Reitz will talk about the compositional history of Jennifer Higdon’s opera Cold Mountain, a musical adaptation of Charles Frazier’s award-winning novel of the same name, which is set just outside Asheville during the Civil War.

The opera received its world premiere at Santa Fe Opera in 2015 and Opera Philadelphia performed it in 2016. North Carolina Opera and Minnesota Opera followed in 2017 and 2018. Higdon has won both a Pulitzer and a Grammy for previous works. Reitz’s analysis will focus on the unique challenges of adapting the original work “from page to stage.”

Reitz received a BM in Piano Performance from the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University, where she was the recipient of the Mary P. Rigo Outstanding Keyboard Major. She earned an MM in Piano Pedagogy and a Ph.D. in historical musicology, with external cognates in women’s studies and piano performance at the University of Florida, where she received the John V. D’Albora Scholarship for Excellence in Graduate Research as well as the Outstanding Student Paper Award from the College Music Society, Southern Chapter.

Tickets for Cultural Crash Courses are $10. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the lecture begins at 6 p.m.

Cultural Crash CoursesJoin local experts for the Folkmoot Cultural Crash Courses series, featuring monthly lectures on a variety of current cultural issues, including global politics, race, immigration, gender, climate change, technology and multiculturalism.

Content will be presented as a 45-minute community lecture followed by questions, answers, and discussion. The full schedule with topics and speakers is available online at Folkmoot.org.

Cultural Crash Courses are sponsored by VisitNCSmokies.com, The Mountaineer and the Town of Waynesville.

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