This program includes a performance by world-renowned musicians inspired by the museum's special exhibitions or collection, followed by a gallery tour. Through this pairing, visitors gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of both art forms and the influences they have on one another within a shared theme, era or culture.
About the Artists
Countertenor John Holiday, winner of the 2017 Marian Anderson Vocal Award and nominee for “Newcomer of the Year” by the German magazine Opernwelt, has quickly established himself as a fast-rising singer to watch, with his voice that has been praised as “a thing of astonishing beauty” (New Yorker). Holiday’s 2018-19 season includes a role debut as Nero in Agrippina with Ars Lyrica, Handel's Israel in Egypt with MasterVoices at Carnegie Hall, and a debut with the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor in Handel’s Messiah. His season continues with his debut at the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts in Taiwan, singing the role of the First Male Voice in Huang Ruo’s chamber opera Paradise Interrupted. Other recent highlights include creating the role of John Blue in the world premiere of We Shall Not Be Moved with Opera Philadelphia, his Kennedy Center debut for his Marian Anderson Award Recital, and a tour with the LA Phil and Gustavo Dudamel. He is a 2018 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 100 honoree.
American pianist and collaborator Kevin J. Miller is acclaimed for his dynamically artful performances. Recent collaborations include recitals with international tenor Lawrence Browlee at Carnegie Hall, countertenor John Holiday at the Kennedy Center, Joseph Calleja and Nadine Sierra at the Supreme Court of the United States, as well as an appearance with Mr. Calleja on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series. Mr. Miller prepared soprano Jessye Norman for performances of Laura Karpman’s production of Ask Your Mama, which was performed at Carnegie Hall. He also collaborated with the acclaimed countertenors, David Daniels, in a recital at the Glimmerglass Festival. He can be heard on piano on the recording Been in da Storm So Long, which features baritone Kenneth Overton. Mr. Miller has been a participant in some of the country’s most prestigious festivals and young artist apprenticeships, including The Tanglewood Institute of Music, Aspen Summer Music Festival, The Cleveland Art Song Festival, San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program, Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and the Glimmerglass Festival. Upon completion of his apprenticeship at the Glimmerglass Festival, he was invited to join the music staff as a vocal coach.
Neeki Bey has had the privilege of being a part of some amazing musical stories: as a choirboy in the Houston Boychoir, attending Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, singing in the Glee Club at Morehouse College, studying voice at IES Vienna and sacred music at Southern Methodist University, along with working with many amazing talents like John Holiday, #1 Female Country Duo Maddie & Tae, Sister C, Music World Music (Home of Destiny’s Child) and Sophie Beem. Bey is co-founder of Amp U Music which specializes in A&R and artist management and he owns a Dallas-based production company called Ikeen Music. When not making music or building shows, Neeki enjoys traveling and gardening.