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2019/20 Soundings: New Music at the Nasher Season - Celebrating 10 Years of Soundings
Music From Yellow Barn: Songs of Refuge and Resistance - Theo Bleckmann and The Westerlies
Thursday, October 17
Theo Bleckmann, Grammy Award-nominated jazz singer, and The Westerlies (Riley Mulherkar and Chloe Rowlands, trumpets; Andy Clausen and Willem de Koch, trombones), who describe themselves as an “accidental brass quartet,” have created an evening of song that balances music’s integral role in protest movements with the power of song to provide internal solace amidst external turmoil.
Songs by iconic American songwriters Woody Guthrie and Joni Mitchell, spiritual work-songs from the Underground Railroad, the words of Bertolt Brecht, the music of composer Phil Kline, and original work by Theo Bleckmann and The Westerlies, are woven together to connect our present day with our history.
Carolin Widmann: Works for Solo Violin
Wednesday, December 4
Hildegard von Bingen: Antiphona
Jörg Widmann: Paraphrase on Mendelssohn’s Wedding March
George Enescu: Fantasie Concertante Salvatore Sciarrino: Sei Capricci (after Paganini)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita No.2 in D Minor, BWV1004
In a program that is as “old” as it is “new”, violinist Carolin Widmann brings music written over a span of 1,000 years to Soundings. Through her interpretive voice, the works of Hildegard von Bingen, Johann Sebastian Bach, George Enescu, Salvatore Sciarrino, and Jörg Widmann, all born out of inimitable imaginations, find profound connection.
Travis Laplante: Composer, Saxophonist, and Qigong practitioner
In Residence at the Nasher: February 17–22
Performances: February 20, 21, and 22
Travis Laplante brings his music to our galleries, hall, and sculpture garden as we honor 10 years of connection between music and art through the Soundings series. Travis is dedicated to remembering music’s original purpose and to bringing it back into modern consciousness. His music transforms the physical space of the performance setting and dissolves the separation between performer and listener. In this way, the healing power of music, both for the performer and for the audience, can be most deeply felt.
I consider my work a form of medicine; however, I am deeply saddened by the musical paradigm that has effectively co-opted the designation “healing music.” Often, this type of music acts simply as a relaxation aid, never touching upon the root cause of distress. I believe that true transformational healing at the deepest level can only occur after having agreed to face the fear and weakness within oneself.
Whether through the use of razor-sharp altissimo (the uppermost register of a woodwind instrument) to invoke claustrophobia, long silences that expose how naked and uncomfortable I feel in front of an audience, or a specific vibrato that sounds like the first time I heard my father cry, I aim to sonically shine light on these intensely emotional places within myself in order to grow through them, at the same time offering the opportunity for growth within the listener.
The Other Mozart with Sylvia Milo, actress
Friday, May 1, 2020
“Imagine an eleven-year-old girl, performing the most difficult sonatas and concertos of the greatest composers, on the harpsichord or fortepiano, with precision, with incredible lightness, with impeccable taste. It was a source of wonder to many.” – Augsburger Intelligenz, May 19, 1763
In The Other Mozart, the forgotten story of Nannerl Mozart, the sister of Wolfgang, a prodigy, keyboard virtuoso, and composer who performed throughout Europe with her brother to equal acclaim, whose work and story has faded away, lost to history, is finally told.
This award-winning tour-de-force, imagined, written, and performed by actress Sylvia Milo, is based on historical facts, stories, and literal quotes pulled from Mozart family correspondence, both heartbreaking and humorous. Its soundtrack is drawn from the music of Nannerl’s famous brother, the music of Marianna Martines, a composer and inspiration to Nannerl, and music written for the play by composers Nathan Davis and Phyllis Chen. This original work shines an intimate light on Nannerl’s world, drawing upon the sounds of instruments and objects that surrounded her: clavichords, music boxes, bells, teacups, fans, anything that might have captured her imagination.
The Other Mozart transports us into a world of outsized beauty and delight — but also of overwhelming restrictions and prejudice. There, in communion with the audience, this other Mozart at last tells her story.
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- Invitations to exclusive events hosted by Artistic Director Seth Knopp and Nasher Sculpture Center Director Jeremy Strick
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Soundings: New Music at the Nasher is supported by Jessie and Charles Price, Kay and Elliot Cattarulla, Laura and Walter Elcock, John W. Dayton, and the Friends of Soundings. Additional support is provided by Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger.
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