Violinist Jessica McJunkins (B.M. ’09), who performs in New York and Los Angeles with collaborators including Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder, The Roots, Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, Max Richter, Jay Z and more, is featured soloist with the Brandenburg Ensemble of UNCSA student-artists performing the music of Joseph Bologne, Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges, a French classical composer of African descent.
New Associate Conductor Karen Ní Bhroin conducts the concert, which also includes performances by student string ensembles the Amadeus Players and the Bartók Ensemble. Additional direction for the concert will be provided by faculty-artists Ida Bieler and Brooks Whitehouse.
Following the concert, Chancellor Cole will present McJunkins with the Alumni Artpreneur Award. The $20,000 award, announced in June, honors McJunkins as an advocate for cultural equity and intentional hiring. McJunkins strives to change the standard of hiring and the demographic of freelance music performers in America by placing artists of color on stage with incredible performers like Solange, Questlove and Lauryn Hill.