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Student producer Hannah Dexter interviewed about the World Music and Dance Festival

Photo Essay: CalArts Celebrates World Music And Dance

By Aaron Liu

May 16, 2013
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What is the purpose of music?

Hannah Dexter pauses for a moment to consider the question at hand. Dexter, a junior at the California Institute of the Arts who studies jazz and bass, is resting on a friend's couch after singing in a West African music and dance showcase for the CalArts World Music and Dance Festival, a six-concert spectacle organized by students and faculty.

It's an exhausting gig. Dexter also serves as the assistant producer for the festival, where she's also charged with managing media and keeping track of all the performers so that the week-long festivities can run smoothly. After the first night, her friends bought a case of beer to celebrate the festivities. Instead, she took a nap on their couch.

"Coping," she finally replies.

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