As the Blanton’s PR and Marketing Coordinator, I have the privilege of working with many different people across the museum and out in the community to promote our programs and exhibitions. A native Austinite and UT Austin alumna, I’ve had the opportunity to see the museum grow over the years and to enjoy its programs as a visitor, volunteer, intern, and employee. Today I get to write about a program I’ve seen grow with the museum and become a continual source of inspiration – it’s also one of my personal favorites!
One of the greatest things about being on the University of Texas campus is the collaborative spirit that connects departments and brings together students, faculty, staff, and community for innovative multidisciplinary programs. The Bach Cantata Project is an exceptional example of this type of endeavor. A joint venture of the Blanton Museum of Art and the UT Choral Program at the Butler School of Music, Bach Cantata is a series of musical performances in the Blanton’s atrium focusing on compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach.
Bach Cantata was conceived in 2007 by the program’s conductor, UT’s Director of Choral Activities Dr. James Morrow. Each month during the academic year, Morrow directs UT student and faculty performers as they transform the Blanton’s Rapoport Atrium into a vibrant concert hall. Music soars up to the skylights, dances across the dazzling blues of Teresita Fernández’s Stacked Waters, and activates the space for a truly unique experience. Bach’s dynamic compositions, for me, evoke emotional responses in a way that’s very similar to the experience of looking closely at a painting or marveling at a sculpture, revealing something universal that transcends time and space. The powerful relationship between art and music, as forces that connect us to our emotions and to each other, definitely makes for an inspiring afternoon at the Blanton.
I’m looking forward to another moving performance, this time featuring Bach’s Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid BWV 3, on January 29. Hope to see you there!
— Stacey Ingram Kaleh
Bach Cantata takes place at noon on the last Tuesday of the month during the academic year. Performances are free with museum admission, and are followed by a tour of related artwork in the museum’s galleries.
Tuesday, January 29 | 12 PM
Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid BWV 3
Tuesday, February 26 | 12 PM
Sei Lob und Ehr dem höchsten Gut BWV 117
Tuesday, March 26 | 12 PM
Missa Brevis in F BWV 233
Tuesday, April 30 | 12 PM
Freue dich, erlöste Schar BWV 30