Host Frank Stasio talks to conductor Peter Askim about why he created this lineup and what he hopes the audience takes away from the performance. Askim is the director of orchestral studies at North Carolina State University. Composer Jeff Scott joins the conversation as well. He composed “Sinfonietta of Dreams,” a piece commissioned for this event and inspired by King’s speech in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, in 1962.
Stasio also talks to Jason Miller, an English professor at North Carolina State University who has studied King’s Rocky Mount speech. Miller is also the author of “Origins of the Dream: Hughes’s Poetry and King’s Rhetoric” (University of Florida Press/2016). Miller will talk about the speech before and after the concert. The Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra will be performing “The Dream Is Alive: Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.” on Sunday, April 8 on the North Carolina State University campus.