UMaine McGillicuddy Humanities Middle internet hosting lecture with Grammy, Pulitzer Prize winner Rhiannon Giddens

ORONO — The College of Maine Clement and Linda McGillicuddy Humanities Middle (MHC) and the Collins Middle for the Arts will welcome Grammy, Pulitzer Prize and MacArthur “Genius” grant winner Rhiannon Giddens for a free public lecture and dialog with trumpet professor Jack Burt at 1 p.m. on Sept. 23 within the Donald P. Corbett Enterprise Constructing.

An acclaimed musician, writer and tv host, Giddens has made a singular, iconic profession out of stretching her model of Americana music, with its miles-deep historic roots and modern sensibilities, into nearly each discipline possible. She has centered her work across the mission of lifting up folks whose contributions to American musical historical past have beforehand been ignored or erased, and advocating for a extra correct understanding of the nation’s musical origins by means of artwork. Giddens, a two-time Grammy Award and Pulitzer Prize winner, additionally composes opera, ballet and movie. 

“Rhiannon Giddens will not be solely an impressive performer and composer, but in addition a scholar of the methods wherein American music interacts with our society, each prior to now and within the current,” says Beth Wiemann, MHC director and professor of music at UMaine. “We’re so fortunate to welcome her, notably now, with the discharge of a brand new album, a tv program, at a second when her work is having such an influence on American music.”