On Jan. 17, percussionist Colleen Bernstein is performing for the first time at UNC. The free event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Rehearsal Hall of the Kenan Music Building.
Bernstein will be performing a variety of styles during her recital. A majority of her work for this performance has been commissioned and is a part of a feature project titled Strength and Sensitivity.
The project is focused on raising awareness around issues of gender equality, intersectional feminism and empathy, all of which Bernstein is passionate about.
“My hope is really not so much that students feel like I'm just preaching my own views on it, but more than that, I'm hoping it will create a space where students can reflect on their own experiences in their community,” Bernstein said. “And maybe think of some ways that they could take small steps to work toward a more inclusive or gender equal campus community or just the community in general.”
Bernstein hopes that conversations will start generating around her music and lead into new pathways of inspiration and interaction throughout UNC’s campus. During the recital, Bernstein will present an assortment of genres, but credits her favorites to be within the contemporary classical brand.