Today I was a “party of one” at the noon music program at the Blanton Museum of Art. My usual companions were all busy elsewhere. The program was presented in memory of Haruka Weiser, the dance student who was murdered about two weeks ago on campus.
The program today featured String Circle performing music written by Kenji Bunch. They are a group of University of Texas students, alumni and faculty from the Butler School of Music (the Cordova Quartet) and the Department of Theatre and Dance. This collaboration explores the juxtaposition of individualism and collectivism through music, dance, film, costume and visual art.
It began with the string quintet standing in a close circle. As the performance progressed, the circle widened as the dancers kept moving the music stands back. Finally the dancers got inside the circle and took away the musicians’ music books and bows. The musicians then sat on the floor and continued playing by plucking their instruments! After the performance there was open discussion of questions from the floor. It was an excellent program.