Historic Cabarrus Association, Inc., in partnership with Kannapolis History Associates and Eastern Cabarrus Historical Society, will be hosting the Charlotte Symphony for a night to celebrate the history of North Carolina mill villages and their people, brought to life through music and video. The event is FREE and open to the public.
Mill Village: A Piedmont Rhapsody, commissioned by the Charlotte Symphony, debuted in 2005 through the gracious support from the North Carolina Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. The piece sprang from The Mill Community Project, a two-year initiative to create a musical work drawing upon the real experiences of the people of the mill communities. The project focused on the mill villages of the Piedmont region because of the importance that the textile industry played historically in shaping the area both culturally and economically.
Cabarrus County has a rich and varied textile history, with mills and mill village houses still standing in Mount Pleasant, Kannapolis, and Concord. For many people in this county the mill lifestyle is very much a part of their recent past. Mill Village: A Piedmont Rhapsody, incorporates film, photos, and voices of textile workers as they experienced daily life in mill villages throughout the North Carolina Piedmont. This program speaks directly to the collective history and historical memory of Cabarrus County and its people.
Historic Cabarrus Association, Inc. along with Eastern Cabarrus Historical Society and Kannapolis History Associates will celebrate the histories and memories of Cabarrus County textile mill workers by hosting the Charlotte Symphony for a free one-night event on September 25th, 2018 at Kannapolis Performing Arts Center.