Laurelyn Dossett has been a consistent presence in North Carolina old-time/folk circles over the last decade, in part because she's versatile enough to do a lot of things well. Among other things, that led to her collaboration with the NC Symphony on "The Gathering," a lovely piece of music about a prodigal daughter's holiday-season return that has its full-orchestra premiere on Friday.
"I keep finding myself in collaborations I didn't expect, whether in theater, this with the symphony -- or my next one, with Daniel Bernard Roumain. He's a classical violinist who plays like this hip-hop violin. As an instrumentalist, he's into telling stories people can connect to and he writes beautiful things, but he's always having to explain what they're about. So that's his desire to work with a lyricist."
That should be fascinating to hear. Meantime, "The Gathering" is right pretty and there's a story about it in Sunday's paper.