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Exploring Inherited Trauma and Mental Health through New Musical Works – May 2

Graphic illustration listing the details of the event as described below, including photos of composers Tift Merritt and Allison Loggins-Hull

Experience the virtual world premieres of works by composers Allison Loggins-Hull and Tift Merritt, whose compositions have been influenced by legacies of intergenerational trauma and the evolution of mental health treatment in the United States.

Missed it? You can watch the full event on our YouTube channel.
Links to the individual performances are available below.

World Premieres

The new works are performed by the NC State orchestras—the Raleigh Civic Symphony (MUS 121) and Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra (MUS 122)—under the direction of Dr. Peter Askim.

The Raleigh Civic Symphony performs selections from “The Other Side of Hungry River,” a world premiere work by Grammy-nominated Raleigh native Tift Merritt, with orchestrations by Peter Askim. The music explores the emotional history of Dorothea Dix Hospital, the former slave plantation and mental institution destined to become an iconic public park.

The Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra performs “The Inheritors Overture,” the world premiere of a newly commissioned work by Allison Loggins-Hull. Centered around the concept of the intergenerational transmission of trauma, Loggins-Hull draws on the stories of descendants of victims of slavery and the Holocaust.

Panel Discussion

A discussion featuring the composers will follow the virtual premieres, which will explore issues of trauma, mental illness, and transcending adversity to overcome difficulty and loss.


Moderated by Deb Royals, founder of the Justice Theater Project, Core Leadership Member of Pure Life Theatre Company

Presented in conjunction with the Raleigh Civic Symphony Association.

This program is funded in part by the City of Raleigh based on recommendations of the Raleigh Arts Commission.

This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. www.NCArts.org

Additional funding for these projects has been generously provided by the NC State Sustainability Fund and Women’s Philharmonic Association. New commission by Allison Loggins-Hull to be performed by Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra was supported by New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, Fidelity Foundation, The Rogers & Hammerstein Foundation, Anonymous.