Prof. Timothy Holley
By Jamie Stuart
“It’s a reference both to the tragedy of Trayvon Martin two years ago, as well as the sense of human tragedy,” said Holley, a professor at N.C. Central University whose solo cello recital will feature the works of African-American composers.
Holley said the work dedicated to Martin was written by African-American composer James Lee III.
The concert is hosted by the UNC Music Department through its Guest Artist Recital program.
Holley is a formally trained classical musician who did his doctoral research on the music of African-American composers for the cello, a field he said has interested him for a while. Tonight’s performance, entitled “Mors Janua Vitae — Music in Progress and Process: Memory Projected Into the Future,” will feature the works of four composers, three of whom are African-American.
The last work on the program is a three-movement solo cello sonata written specifically for Holley by composer Adolphus Hailstork. For the past month, Holley has been doing a series of performances of the piece.