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Judith Saxton, a Winston-Salem resident who plays and teaches trumpet at the Eastern Music Festival, performed the world premiere of her composition, “Lament for Our Times,” on YouTube last week, and the performance is still up.

The video, part of EMF’s concert series Music From: Home, starts with an introduction by EMF’s music director Gerard Schwarz, and Saxton’s piece begins at about 6:40 minutes.

In program notes on her website, Saxton writes: “’Lament for Our Times’ is my response to the death of George Floyd and is further fueled from years of black and brown lives lost to brutal police suppression and racial violence stemming from the systemic and racial injustices legislated into the very beginnings of the colonization of America.”

“Lament” is a duet, in this case featuring violist Diane Phoenix-Neal. The movements are: I) I can’t breathe/S.O.S., II) 2’53” and III) Resolve.

Strains of “America the Beautiful” and “Amazing Grace” can be heard in the third movement. More program notes are at

Events planned at Bookmarks

Bookmarks, Winston-Salem’s independent bookstore, will present online events this week. Most are free. All require registration.

  • 4 p.m. July 19: The LGBTQ Book Club will discuss “Mostly Dead Things” by Kristen Arnett. Email to register.
  • 5 p.m. July 21: Reader Meet Writer: Kristin Harmel. This series is sponsored and run by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. To register, email
  • 6 p.m. July 22: The Well-Read Black Girl Book Club is hosted by women of color, and people of all colors and genders are welcome to discuss books by women of color. This month, the group will discuss “So We Can Glow,” a short story collection by Leesa Cross-Smith. Visit for details.
  • 6:30 p.m. July 23:

The Romance Book Club will discuss “A Sweet Mess” by Jayci Lee. The author will participate. Register by emailing

Virtual summer festival to continue

In its fourth week, the virtual month-long An Appalachian Summer Festival is presenting an array of free events.

The festival runs daily through July 31. Take your seat at www.appsum or call 800-841-2787

  • 2-2:15 p.m. July 20: Behind the Scenes: Student Artist Feature: Brooke Drury. Appalachian State University students assist with gallery installations, education, safety and visitor services at Turchin Center for the Visual Arts.
  • 2-2:05 p.m. July 22: Exhibition Showcase Series: “Afterimage Anxiety” with Joshua Rose, Turchin Center exhibition. Rose considers this series of work his autobiography.
  • 7-8 p.m. July 23: One-time only. Live from Rosen Concert Hall: Appalachian State Symphony Orchestra: “Rite of Spring”: A conversation with Mélisse Brunet moderated by James Douthit, dean of the Hayes School of Music at ASU on YouTube.
  • 7-9 p.m. July 24: Center Stage: National Players presents “As You Like It.” Registration required; recording available only through 6 p.m. July 26.
  • 10-10:15 a.m. July 25: In the Spotlight: Rosen Sculpture Walk with the juror: Virtual Tour. The Rosen Sculpture Competition and Exhibition is an annual national juried competition presented by the Turchin Center.
  • 2-3 p.m. July 26: Broyhill Chamber Series Sneak Peek: Emerson String Quartet. Preview and Q&A with the chamber ensemble is in conjunction with the planned appearance by Emerson String Quartet as part of An Appalachian Summer Festival’s 2021 season.

Piedmont Craftsmen presents Virtual Fair

Piedmont Craftsmen will present its first Virtual Fair 4-7 p.m. July 25.

Guests at the Virtual Fair can shop with more than 30 distinctive artists, including potters, jewelers, weavers and other fiber artists, woodworkers, a glass blower, a knifemaker, and a violin maker.

Shoppers can visit a webpage that will allow them to interact with the craft artists face-to-face. All that’s required is a smart phone, tablet or computer with an internet connection. The webpage will also stream videos of craft demonstrations.

One-on-one conversations about processes and inspiration, and the spark of connection that can happen when a piece of fine craft “speaks” to you are the heart and soul of Piedmont Craftsmen. As COVID-19 has shut down live events across the country and curtailed retail shopping, the 57-year-old guild has found a virtual Fair platform will allow Piedmont Craftsmen to present a fine craft shopping event with live content.

The event is free. Register at www.piedmont by clicking on the link to the Virtual Summer Craft Fair.

Virtual Summer Dance planned

Monica and Jerome International Dance Experience will present a Virtual Summer Dance July 25 and Aug. 1.

Siblings Monica and Jerome Johnson are alumni of UNC School of the Arts and have had careers with national dance companies. The faculty for the conference includes such dancers as Adji Cissoko, Nia Lonette and Christopher Huggins.

Admission is $15 per class. Limited scholarships are available by contacting For a complete list of events and to register, visit at or call 336-803-6080.

Virtual summer camp for all ages

Wildfire Ideas’ Camp Wildfire is a virtual summer camp for all ages. It meets once a day Monday-Wednesday through Aug. 14 on Zoom and includes sessions from cooking to crafts, cupcakes to cocktails, and paper airplanes to printmaking.

Admission is free. The full schedule and registration is at

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