Charlotte’s Ulysses Festival focuses on technology in the arts

With the way technology permeates our culture, it comes as no surprise that arts organizations have tapped modern platforms to present opera, symphonic music and visual arts.

Charlotte’s Ulysses spring arts festival has embraced the role these platforms play, evident from their 2013 theme, “Brave New Worlds: Technology and Art.”

Local arts groups planned to begin presenting performances Thursday evening with a panel discussion, “Technology Art: Gimmick or Transformation?” at UNC Charlotte Center City. Other performances include two symphony events and Opera Carolina’s “The Pearl Fishers.”

Ulysses began in 2012 after similar programming between the opera and symphony illuminated the potential for a themed festival.

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra uses technology as an avenue into contemporary music. Their KnightSounds concert features works that involve electronic sounds. For instance, Mason Bates’ “Warehouse Medicine from The B-Sides” plants a DJ with a laptop among the

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