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New Innova CD! Each movement of MILLIKAN SYMPHONY honors an area of Bob’s work and accomplishment: Science, Animals, Rowing, Violin.
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MILLIKAN SYMPHONY has been recorded with Boston Modern Orchestra Project and violin soloist Jennifer Curtis! Finishing funds are needed to complete the CD and release it on Innova Recordings, and for the CD-Release Party featuring Jennifer Curtis on August 24th in NC, which would have been Bob's 60th birthday.

MILLIKAN SYMPHONY was composed in honor of my brother, Robert C. Millikan, who passed away in 2012. Each of the four movements explores and celebrates an area of Bob's life: Science, Animals, Rowing, Violin. I developed the work in collaboration with the UNC/regional community.

Science is based on multistage carcinogenesis process at the molecular level, in particular the interaction between oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes. Dr. Robert Millikan was the Barbara Sorenson Hulka Distinguished Professor of Cancer Epidemiology at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Animals is a pastoral movement. Bob was a veterinarian prior to entering public health, and loved spending time in nature. In 2006 he spent the year in Ireland as a Fulbright scholar.

The tempos in Rowing are based on the actual stroke rates for the 2000 meter race. Bob served as the UNC Crew faculty advisor for over 16 years.

The final movement, Violin, is a violin concerto written in three distinct sections: Urgently, Expressively, Finale-Dance. Bob played violin in orchestras and string quartets his whole life.

I am excited to share this fantastic recording with you. Please help me to reach my goal and celebrate my brother's life and legacy. Thank you so much for being a part of this project!

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