Rounding Out Your Paideia: Musical Performances in Artistic Settings

Chris Dunker Truss at House Gallery

Rounding Out Your Paideia

In ancient Greece, the “paideia” was the aristocratic system of education. It wasn’t about learning a trade or an art; it was about training a person for liberty and nobility. Paideia was the process of educating humans into their true form.

You are probably familiar with the seven liberal arts: grammar, logic, rhetoric, music, arithmetic, geometry, and astronomy.

The term “liberal education” emphasizes the fact that education was not available for the many people who were held in slavery, but only for those who were free. The idea is that the more education you gain, the more free you become.

If you read this blog, chances are you’re already well-versed in the visual arts, but perhaps you’d like to further exercise your freedom and cultivate your musical side. If so, a couple events this week might be just what you’re looking for.

Experience the harmonious convergence of music and art at the UMFA through a Chamber Music Series performance. This Wednesday, a clarinet duo will perform the following pieces in the UMFA’s 18th and 19th Century European Galleries:

  • Duo No.2 in D minor, Bernhard Crusell (1775-1839)
  • Allegro from Duo for violin and viola no.1 in G major, K. 423,  W.A. Mozart (1756-1791), arranged by Reinier van der Wal
  • Six scenes from the Opera Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868), arranged by Fehér László Gábor

Did the art of the time inspire the music or did the music inspire the art? Tap into that liberal arts education of yours and use your critical thinking skills to come up with your own theory.

The performances are free with paid admission or a student Ucard.

Wednesday, February 16 from 7-8 pm

Marcia and John Price Museum Building
Emma Eccles Jones Education Center
University of Utah campus
410 Campus Center Drive
SLC, UT 84112

Also, this Friday night, when you’re strolling the galleries, pop into the House Gallery a little early and hear some music wholly inspired by visual art.

Eric Hansen will perform Benjamin Taylor’s FE26. The performance is in conjunction with the reception for Chris Dunker’s Truss (see image above). The photographic series pays homage to the vastness of industrial space and the importance of redundancy, a trope that enforces both the utility and sublimity of the structures featured in Dunker’s work. Taylor composed his experimental piece in 2008 when Dunker’s exhibit of photographs chronicling the dismantling of Geneva Steel was at the BYU Museum of Art.

Read our 2008 interview with Dunker here.
You can listen to a sample of Benjamin Taylor’s FE26 here.

Friday, February 18th from 5:30 – 6:30

House Gallery
29 East 400 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84121

WHY? Because you are free.

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