State of Things
11:50 am
Tue September 20, 2011

Blackbeard Rendered Musically

Deanna Rose
Credit www.markoconnor.com

Composer and violinist Mark O'Connor's newest piece of music recounts the story of the pirate Blackbeard's most famous conquest, the frigate Queen Anne's Revenge. O'Connor was commissioned to create a new overture for the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, which will debut the piece on Thursday as part of the 17 Days Festival.

Host Frank Stasio talks with O'Connor about how he saw North Carolina's most feared historical figure through new eyes, and why the violin is one of the greatest unifying forces in music.

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