“Stories of Survivors” with Kristen Fowler Friend, horn & Taylor Baldwin, piano

Recital Salon, Squires | Music

March 24, 2019 at 3:00pm

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Alumna Kristen Fowler Friend is joined by faculty member Taylor Baldwin for a concert titled, "Stories of Survivors."

"Stories of Survivors" is a "docu-recital" program that features interviews with survivors of sexual assault paired with works for horn by female composers. This recital aims to highlight the long-lasting effects of sexual violence on survivors, using their own voices to highlight each person's unique journey from their initial trauma, through periods of struggle, and into the present-day, where many of us still experiences echoes of our past. By the end of the recital, the audience will be left with a call to action to support and believe survivors of sexual violence, posing the question, "how many will it take?"

Kristen Friend is a hornist, educator, Hokie, and advocate for sexual assault awareness. Kristen believes that music has the power to affect change, and she has lived this out in her recital programming over the years. In 2016, she created and performed "Trauma and Triumph," an advocacy-focused recital that combined the works of female composers with her own personal prose to share her own experience with sexual assault and advocate for awareness during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This recital was performed at Virginia Tech, Indiana University, and was reprised for the International Women's Brass Conference at Rowan University in 2017. Her latest project, "Stories of Survivors," is a docu-recital that features interviews with survivors paired with works by female composers. The aim of this recital is to highlight the uniqueness of survivors' stories and to challenge society with the question, "how many will it take?" Kristen earned a Masters in Horn Performance from Indiana University in 2016, where she studied with Jeff Nelsen. She also earned a Masters in Education, Curriculum and Instruction as well as a Bachelors in Music from Virginia Tech, where she studied horn with Wally Easter. Kristen lives in northern Virginia, where she teaches middle school band and private horn lessons in Loudoun County.

Presented in partnership with the Virginia Tech Women’s Center.


$15 general | $12 senior | $7 student

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