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Children & Family, Adults, Teens, Music at the Museum

Listening to Paintings: Music, Poetry & Art

Sunday, September 22, 2019

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Join Scott Williamson in the galleries for the innovative semi-annual presentation of "Listening to Paintings: Music, Poetry, and Art." Music Director of Temple Emanuel in Roanoke, Scott leads a musical tour of the Taubman galleries pairing vocal music and poetry with the artworks on view.

For this Sunday's special performance, Listening to Paintings will be a program of a cappella music by Collective Euphonia. Founded by TE Music and Program director Scott Williamson, CE is a collective of world-class singers, instrumentalists, theatre and dance professionals, designers and other creatives. CE's debut residency will feature a vocal octet of great classical singers from around the region and country, along with beloved local musician, Julia Goudimova, on cello. 

About Scott Williamson:
Scott Williamson has enjoyed a successful career as a tenor, conductor, director and artistic administrator. General and Artistic Director of Opera Roanoke from 2010-2018, he created their Apprentice Artist program and produced notable company premieres, including The Flying Dutchman, Giulio Cesare, The Abduction from the Seraglio, Floyd's Susannah, and Rodgers' and Hammerstein's South Pacific. He conducted the world premiere of The Three Feathers, a family opera by composer Lori Laitman and poet Dana Gioia. An internationally recognized tenor, the Times of London called his debut at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, “brilliant.” His work has been praised in The New York Times and Sun, Opera News and The Washington Post. Scott recently made his Romanian debut at the National Opera House in Timisoara, reprising the leading role of Sorin which he created for composer Aaron Garber's 2014 opera, Romania: Revolution 1989. His performances of Mendelssohn and Dallapiccola with the American Symphony Orchestra are available on iTunes. His “Night by Silent Sailing Night: A Performance of John Cage’s STEPS: A Composition for a Painting,” was acclaimed upon its creation at the Taubman Museum of Art, where he is guest curator in music. Dr. Williamson serves on the faculties of Hollins and Washington and Lee Universities, and is in demand as a guest artist. He has served as Music Director for Roanoke’s Temple Emanuel since 2014, and his poetry has appeared in Atlanta Review and Tupelo Quarterly.

This event is free and open to the public!