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Soundscapes of Color
Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, 3 June 2018 - 2:30 PM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears as The Soprano

Following its premiere at 6018|North this spring, Soundscapes of Color comes to the Smart Museum in a new iteration: an opera within a museum, using as its stage the exhibition Expanding Narratives: The Figure and the Ground. The performance will be followed by reception and a discussion with the composer, the conductor, and musicians, moderated by Seth Brodsky, Associate Professor of Music and the Humanities.

In his work as an experimental composer Dzitko questions the very principles of musical staging. He believes that the frontier of artistic performance is to create an immersive experience in which audiences move through the space, musicians’ positions are exploded, and the conductor may be viewed by some only through mirrors. Earlier renditions of the work experimented with “remote conducting,” a technique that puts the conductor in an isolated space, and asks them to conduct to cameras which were then live-streamed onto screens in front of live musicians.

At the Smart Museum, performers will be positions around the galleries and may have to peek around artworks and walls, or use carefully positioned mirrors to see the conductor and play in sync. By distributing musicians across The Figure and the Ground, the space of the exhibition now becomes performance space for sound. The audience is free and encouraged to roam and explore this space, guided by the sounds and sights that captivate them most. Thus, the audience is the figure, the museum the ground, and the musicians the sound.

Originally commissioned by author Esther K. Smith and fine-print publisher Purgatory Pie Press, the opera is based on a libretto of an 1874 typography and ink catalog, Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type. Since the words of the libretto do not describe a story or plot, but rather constitute brilliantly-illustrated poetry, the music itself becomes the only plot an audience member can follow. The pervasive subjectivity of the musical experience is thus brought to the surface.

Dzitko is also collaborating with lighting and stage designers to create a subtle light show that highlights his music, and will serve to heighten the immersive quality of the experience.

PROGRAM

2:30 PM
Doors
Explore the museum, enjoy a coffee or tea before the performance.

2:50 PM
Introduction
Erik L. Peterson, Manager of Student Engagement at the Smart Museum

3 PM
Performance
MVT. I - OFF-WHITE
Tuning in…

MVT. II - BURNT VIOLET
Listen for the solos…

MVT. III - BLUE & YELLOW
Or Pink & White...?

MVT. IV - DEEP BLUE
Slow down and think...

MVT. V - VERMILION
Whisper…

MVT. VI - MOSS GREEN
Up & Down…

3:30 PM
Discussion & Reception
A moderated discussion between and Michal Dzitko and Seth Brodsky, Associate Professor of Music and the Humanities. Learn more about the piece and hear from the artist and his musicians while enjoying light snacks and sparkling beverages.
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kaitlynjohn Soundscapes of color is a beautiful music that can be enjoyed by everyone and its only reason why I am here to put a review about it. It is a good melody that can be listened during a stressed time and thanks a lot for sharing such wonderful music... read more
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