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McNally Smith College of Music Students Compose Music to Works by Twin Cities Artists

Art inspires other art. And when it inspired the aspiring musicians of the McNally Smith College of Music, the effect was something greater than either the visual art or music composition as the public will see and hear in the college’s gallery space, February 25 through April 30, 2010. The Public Gallery is held on Saturday March 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The ”Art-inspired Music Project” features nine compositions based on Minnesota artists’ paintings, photography, sculpture and the architecture of The Twin Cities (see the complete list below). The interdisciplinary initiative was curated by McNally Smith faculty member William Franklin, a Liberal Arts instructor at the music college, with assistance from the Department Head of Music Composition, Chris Cunningham. Additional support is provided by The American Composers Forum.

A special opening night event only for invited guests, the artists — and media  — will take place February 25 from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. and will include:

  • Presentation of video and refreshments served in Café (3rd floor).
  • Welcome to gallery space, playback of music excerpts.
  • Opportunities to meet the musicians and visual artists (main floor).
  • The project will open to the public with a special public gallery event March 27

Below is an example of one of the peices titled “Guthrie Theater” by Jean Nouvel with music composed by Michael Holloway: