The first of three dissertation recitals, "Music with Visual Art" is an interactive lecture recital that pairs flute music written in the 1930's with projected artwork that was commissioned by Franklin D. Roosevelt's Works Progress Administration. Music by Edgard Varèse, Virgil Thomson, Walter Piston, Ruth Crawford Seeger and Howard Hanson are paired with photographs, paintings and murals that reflect the compositional style in which the composers wrote. Ansel Adams, Grant Wood, Jackson Pollack, Stuart Davis, Louis Schanker, John Steuart Curry are some of the artists whose artwork will be displayed.
I will be joined by Nicholas Shaneyfelt, Grace Lee, Davis West, Eric Haugen, Abigail Choi, Kohei Yamaguchi and Emily Clarkson .
This recital is a part of a year-long series of concerts that is dedicated to "Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration within the Arts". This overarching theme permeates all three recitals as a means for finding new and innovative ways of presenting the classical model of performance so that it might be accessible to musicians AND non-musicians alike. By offering three alternate forms of artistic expression, I hope to provide audience members with multiple entry points into the context in which pieces were written and into the music itself. By using visual art, spoken word and dance, listeners have many different portals through which to hear AND see the music. At a point when media and the internet saturates the majority of popular artistic consumption, classical musicians need to start thinking of ways in which their art form might evolve to accommodate the shifting sands of the twenty-first century's popular aesthetic. It is my hope that from this year's series of recitals, other aspiring classical musicians will feel empowered and inspired to experiment with ways in which they can collaborate with other disciplines to broaden their musical product. It is through collaboration that classical music will ensure a future for itself.