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Charles Randolph-Wright ’78, director of Motown the Musical, shares his thoughts on the hit musical.
Duke in Depth
From February 20-22, 2015, alumni and their families and friends are invited to join the Duke Alumni Association for an in-depth look at the music of Motown and its influence on the Civil Rights Movement. In a series of events including lectures, panel discussions, and presentations, participants will explore the contributions of Motown and the music that was described as the “Sound of Young America.” As part of the weekend’s program, participants will attend a performance of Motown the Musical, directed by alumnus Charles Randolph Wright, at the Durham Performing Arts Center.
Participation is open to alumni, current Duke students, and Duke friends and family members that are at least 17 years of age. All minors must be accompanied by a supervising adult at all events.
Schedule of Events:
Friday, February 20
6:30 PM - Registration and Networking
7:00 PM - Reception
7:30 PM - Lecture/Demonstration by faculty and student music ensembles
Saturday, February 21
8:30 AM - Continental Breakfast and Networking
9:00 AM - Lecture on the History of the Civil Rights Movement with Dr. William Chafe
10:45 AM - Alumni and Faculty Panel Discussion on Civil Rights in the Modern Era
12:00 PM - Lunch and Keynote address by Mark Anthony Neal
1:30 PM - Shuttle departs for Matinee Performance of Motown the Musical
5:00 PM - Post Show Discussion
6:00 PM - Reception
Sunday, February 22
11:00 AM - Morning Chapel Service (optional)
12:30 PM - Departure
The above schedule is subject to change.