I am pleased to announce that I will be performing two concerts of lute music for the Dallas Museum of Art "Late Night" program on January 20th. The concerts will take place at 9:30 and 11:00pm on Friday the 20th in the European Galleries on Level 2. The performances are planned in conjunction with the DMA’s “Art and Nature in the Middle Ages” exhibit which will run through March. Admission is free for DMA Members and children 11 and under. Tickets are $15 for general admission, or $10 for students with ID. Tickets can be purchased online here. There will be other musical performances featured throughout the evening in other parts of the Museum, and there will be a screening of the 1985 movie "Ladyhawke" with Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pfeiffer. It's an old favorite of mine but it starts at 10, so be sure to come see me at 9:30 if you're going to the movie! I was a little disappointed that I won't be able to see it, so I watched it the other night :D
When I stopped by the museum to do a walk-through, I was given the opportunity to choose between two spaces in which to perform. Unfortunately, in order to have a space large enough for seating I was unable to perform in the Medieval exhibit, but the acoustics of the Museum's galleries are wonderful so I anticipated a difficult decision. So we looked at the European Galleries on the second level. I chose the space I did because there already existed an invocation of Music on the wall.
The painting stuck with me when I got home, so I looked it up in the Museum's digital collection. If you click the image, you can listen to a 30ish minute talk by SMU's Endowed Chair of Art History, Dr. Amy Freund, about the painting. It's really interesting, and she mentions something I have always firmly believed: "The arts, music as well, are radical implements for change and civic involvement." She goes on to say "at this very crazy time period in French history," but I think that part is useless information. The first part of her statement is true at all times, and in all places.
You'll be able to find me in front of "The Harp Lesson" by Jean Antoine Theodore Giroust at 9:30pm and 11pm on January 20th, 2017. Come on out, and have a great time!