Dan Locklair’s Dream Steps, a dance suite for flute, viola and harp, will be performed by The Fire Pink Trio on Tuesday, April 9, at noon and 5:30 p.m. at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art at Levine Center for the Arts at 420 South Tryon Street in Charlotte, N.C. Both performances of Modernism and Sensuality are part of the Music and Museum First Tuesdays concert series, and the 5:30 concert is presented as part of the 2013 Ulysses Festival: Charlotte’s Spring Festival of the Arts.
“Dream Steps was conceived as both a free-standing dance suite in five movements for flute, viola and harp as well as a chamber work to be danced (especially in small spaces, such as art galleries),” writes Locklair, the composer-in-residence and a professor of music at Wake Forest. “Commissioned by the Mallarmé Chamber Players of Durham, N.C., in 1993 (with partial funding from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency) and written in the same year, Langston Hughes’ five-part poem, ‘Lenox Avenue Mural,’ was the extra-musical stimulus for the piece, suggesting elements of both symbolism and form. The world premiere occurred in October 1993.”