Longtime Wrightsville United Methodist music director and pianist Julia Walker Jewell will be the featured soloist with the Wilmington Symphony at the Wilson Center on Feb. 3, performing her original composition "Dance of the Coin".
"It's a multimedia piece with a film that will show in the background and dancers choreographed by Lesa Rogers Broadhead," Jewell says. "The piece stands on its own without anything else, but I envisioned it with these things and works really nicely as a film score and dance."
The inspiration comes from the Nazis' treatment of the Jewish people during World War II. Jewell wrote it in 2010 after reading a book of poetry about the Holocaust.
"I had a very emotional reaction to the material," she says. "I heard lots of music when I was reading the poems".
The composition tells the story of a coin passing from hand to hand in 1942 Germany. "We see several vignettes, whether in our minds listening to the piece or the dancers or watching the film," she says. "We see how people treat each other. Jewish people, Germans, Nazis. Amidst the strife in the topic we see hope throughout. I don't want it to be a downer. I want people to have inspiration and hope to keep something like that from happening again."