CNN Radio Music Notes: A street-inspired symphony
Composer Michael Kurth
May 26th, 2013
06:00 AM ET

CNN Radio Music Notes: A street-inspired symphony

By Edgar Treiguts, CNN

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(CNN) – Michael Kurth lives in one of Atlanta's intown neighborhoods. On his way to work, he often builds time into his drive to pass through a particular street tunnel about 10 minutes away. He says the graffiti-laden walls of the Krog Street tunnel on Atlanta's eastside provide entertainment. But more than that, he says the artwork reflects an energy of the neighborhood and the city.

[1:06] "It's so active, it's so evolving. In almost everything you see painted there or plastered there or expressed there, you sense that these are people doing something for their community out of love."

Kurth is a musician with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He's also a composer. From this tunnel and it's designs and slogans, he was moved to write a piece of music. One of those inspirations came from the spray-painted slogan 'We Have All the Time in the World', which fueled the closing movement of his three-part symphony:

[8:35] "To me that spoke of our hope as humans, as society, as individuals that we can create something that at least makes an impact on the space that we occupy in the time that we have."

Michael Kurth's ASO colleagues debuted his 12-minute symphony, "Everything Lasts Forever", last month. Kurth has composed other music, which can be heard online on Facebook at "Michael Kurth, Composer."

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