SONGS IN SKYSPACE
March 19 | 6:00 p.m. | James Turrell's Skyspace
Songs in the Skyspace is Landmarks' monthly music series hosted inside James Turrell’s Skyspace, The Color Inside. After a successful launch in fall 2019, the series was shuttered in March 2020 in response to the pandemic. The program returns on February 20 will with a dynamic roster of musicians from across musical genres. Representing a diverse mix of voices and instruments, the program offers a unique way to engage with Turrell’s elegant light sequence.
Songs in the Skyspace runs monthly on select evenings during the sunset light sequence. Free reservations are required and can be made online. Please note that reservations tend to fill up three weeks in advance of performances.
Sunday, March 19 - LOLA (Local Opera Local Artists)
LOLA commits to cultivating the future of opera by offering new approaches to this art form & classical singing & to propelling opera out of the grand hall & into the larger community at events in bars, parks, & small theaters. LOLA is particularly keen on giving Austin-based artists of all stripes unique & interesting outlets for their work that otherwise would not exist in the Austin cultural landscape. We work to ensure 70% of our cast and crew are female-identifying &/or from historically underrepresented communities (Latinx, Black and queer artists in particular.) Recent data tells us we reach diverse audiences & many who are new to Western classical vocal music. In 2022, we reached over 1,000 people through our programming at Waterloo Park, Mozarts, & our production of Lardo Weeping at CRASHBOX. Our audiences included people of all ages, families, & members of the LGBTQIA & BIPOC communities.
Instead of a formal season, we stay open to collaborating with arts organizations & artists & finding ways to support each other & center voices that are not traditionally uplifted in the opera community.
From LOLA’s first performance, we were already breaking from tradition by casting Puccini’s La Bohème with all treble voices. We intentionally set out to engage local singers of high quality as well as develop some new talent in the community. Organically we decided to tell this story through a queer lens of found family, young love, & heartbreak.
Our most recent production, Lardo Weeping a new chamber opera by composer Stopschinski & librettist Galloway, gives voice to Dinah LeFarge, a quite large, sexual, woman with 5 dollars in her bank account struggling to find meaning, hope, & laughter while living in her single room apartment. It is an exquisite meditation on finding beauty & value in unexpected places, biting criticism of fatphobia, & an unflinching look at an individual we all know but usually overlook for the easily digestible character.
- Date: Sunday, March 19, 2023
- Time: 6:30 P.M.
- Venue: William C. Powers, Jr. Student Activity Center
- Website: https://landmarks.utexas.edu/blogs/songs-skyspace
- Cost: Free with RSVP
- Name: Landmarks
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