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Ceiling Floats Away

Ceiling Floats Away performed at 2017 ACCelerate Creativity and Innovation Festival, Smithsonian Museum of American History Photo: Matthew Slaats

Ceiling Floats Away was commissioned by an NEA Art Works Grant and premiered in 2016 at the Atlas Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The piece features UVA Professor of Composition and Computer Technologies, Matthew Burtner and his musical settings of 13 poems by Rita Dove. Burtner recorded Dove reading her poetry and wrote the music to the pace and cadence of the poet’s voice. The piece can be performed with Dove’s recorded voice or the poetry can be read live with the instrumental ensemble. Instrumentation includes flute/piccolo, Bb soprano saxophone or Bb clarinet, soprano voice, piano, and cello.

Performers: Matthew Burtner, Travis Thatcher, Lisa Edwards-Burrs, John Mayhood, Kelly Sulick, Shawn Earle, and Kevin Davis