Today I went with Inge, Virginia, Vera, Dianne and Lucille to the first Bach Cantata of this new season at the Blanton Museum of Art. We met in the parking lot of a shopping center to carpool to the museum. Before the cantata we had a quick lunch in the Blanton Café.
The audience was larger than usual, so more chairs had to be brought in. There still were people standing around the wall and on the stairway.
This cantata, "Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht mit deinem Knecht" [Lord, do not enter into judgment with Your servant!], belongs to Bach's first Leipzig cycle and was written for performance on July 25, 1723. It combines ideas from the parable of the unjust steward [Luke 16:1-9] and Paul's warning to the Corinthians against idolatry, discontent and pride [I Corinthians 10:13]. As usual, the music was wonderful.
After the cantata we met in the Julia Matthews Wilkinson Center for Prints and Drawings to hear a lecture by Marian Werner, our favorite docent. She is very knowledgeable. She explained how different types of prints are made and discussed several prints from the Blanton collection. They all dealt with death -- appropriate for Halloween.
The featured art today was "Memento Mori" [Moment of Death], 1640s, after a painting by Philippe de Champaigne, an etching and engraving by Jean Morin, French, 1590-1650. Jean Morin was a student of Philippe de Champaigne. The clock symbolizes time passing fast. The flowers in the vase parallel our lives as petals dry and drop off. I was not successful in finding the translation of the Latin phrase at the bottom of the print, "Quid terra cinisque superbis, Hora fugit, marcescit Honor; Mors, imminet a tra."
Before heading back to the shopping center lot, Inge, Lucille and I went to the Texas Café in the Bullock Museum for something to drink. We all had a good time. We missed Ginger, though.