Music in the Galleries

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Enjoy live music at the Ackland! A wide variety of musicians perform at the Ackland, from classical quartets to bluegrass bands, always enhancing the museum experience.

Recent and upcoming performances

Sunday, 16 December, 2 PM

Details coming soon.

Andrew Hudson (Clarinet)–”Gifts of the Magi”
Sunday, 18 November, 2 PM

‘Gifts of the Magi’ is a dynamic experience for solo clarinetist and audience that explores the prophetic nature of the gifts to the infant Jesus. Born in a Bethlehem stable, the Christ child is presented with three gifts from mysterious travelers who followed the light of a wondrous star: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. These gifts have come to be understood as symbolic of greater themes in the life of Jesus: gold for his divinity, frankincense for his willingness to suffer, myrrh for his mortality. Featuring music by Eric Mandat, Steve Reich, Franco Donatoni, Salvatore Sciarrino, and earspace’s own Ledah Finck, ’gifts of the magi’ inaugurates the holiday season with a shared journey of pilgrims – symbolically and literally – through several works of art given to the Ackland Art Museum’s current exhibition Birthday Presents, presented in connection with the Museum’s sixtieth anniversary. Interspersed with poetry and reflection, our journey – in turn reflective, somber, and stirring – will direct us inward to consider the sacred and profane implications of our own being.

Philip Snyder (flute) – “Sonic Constructions in Shared Spaces”
Sunday, 21 October, 2 PM

Flutist and installation artist, Philip Snyder, invites visitors to experiment and play with simple electronic instruments as part of a shared, sonic space. Snyder sets up musical processes that seek to engage visitors to the Ackland’s exhibition Birthday Presents in the discovery of their own creative agency and reveal new perspectives of the surrounding artworks. The performance includes three constructions in which the decisions of everyone involved contribute to the trajectory of the music.

The above two performances are by members of the Raleigh-based contemporary music ensemble, earspace. Presented in connection with Birthday Presents (on view 21 Sept 2018 – 6 Jan 2019).