SoundSpace: Space and Symmetry
Blanton Museum of Art
Sunday, October 21, 2012, at 2 p.m.
The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin presents SoundSpace: Space and Symmetry, an euphonious performance within the museum’s galleries on Sunday, October 21, 2012, at 2 p.m. SoundSpace, developed by the Blanton and its Artist-in-Residence Steven Parker, graduate of the Harrington Fellow Program and Butler School of Music and faculty at UT San Antonio, is a concert series that brings together musicians, dancers, and performance artists from all corners of Austin’s artistic community for simultaneous performances throughout the museum. This concert- the fourth in the series- will investigate themes of “space and symmetry,” with music that travels around and surrounds the audience in all directions.
The centerpiece of the program will be the local premier of Orbits, a work by visionary spatial composer Henry Brant featuring 80 trombones, a soprano, and organ. Other highlights include a theatrical work by composer Karlheinz Stockhausen that incorporates physical movement; interactive works for guitar and theremin; and solo works for voice and percussion. Featured performers include Dr. Tom Echols of the Austin Classical Guitar Society, performing works for electric and acoustic guitar, Laura Mercado-Wright, soprano of Convergence and Conspirare, performing several new works for a solo voice, and a performance of a Stockhausen work by the Butler School of Music’s Nathan Williams- winner of the prestigious Gaudeamus International Competition.
The Blanton is excited to extend this opportunity for collaboration to one of the university’s most talented graduates. This project exemplifies the museum’s commitment to nurturing meaningful collaborations that provide innovative experiences with art, inspire creativity, and support the educational mission of the university.
SoundSpace: Space and Symmetry is organized by Steven Parker for the Blanton, as part of his ongoing exploration of the museum and its resources.