Landmarks announced today the launch of Songs in the Skyspace, a new music series to be held inside a signature work from Landmarks’ collection, The Color Inside, a Skyspace by James Turrell.
Beginning 15 September, the program will run on Sunday evenings during the sunset light sequence and will feature musicians from The University of Texas at Austin as well as those from the greater community.
Upcoming performers include several university a cappella groups and various guitarists from Austin Classical Guitar and Butler School of Music. Cutting across genres, the music will range from standards and classical compositions to indie rock and even popular Bollywood songs. The performances will activate the Skyspace in new and unexpected ways and provide a sound component to Turrell’s elegant light sequence. Organized as informal gatherings, attendees may come and go throughout the performances, which will include both polished recitals as well as in-process rehearsals.
The beauty of the space and its inherent acoustics make the work an attractive location for musicians to rehearse. In fact, a chance encounter between Landmarks Director Andrée Bober and Hum A Cappella served as inspiration for the new series. “Last year I happened upon them rehearsing in the Skyspace,” said Bober. “They seemed worried that they were breaking the rules, but I couldn't have been more delighted. The Color Inside is a perfect setting for creative inspiration and we look forward to welcoming music as part of the experience.”
Visitors can learn more about the program and book reservations online at turrell.utexas.edu.
*Please note, reservations for Songs in the Skyspace typically sell out immediately once musical acts are released to the public. Landmarks will accomodate standbys on a first-come-first-served basis. Standby visitors are encouraged to arrive at Skyspace thirty minutes before sunset to join the list. Once the light sequence beings, regular reservations will be released and standby guests will be accommodated as space permints.
Fall 2019 performances include:
Sep. 15: Noteworthy A Cappella ^
Sep. 22: Texas Songhorns ^
Sep. 29: Beauties and the Beat ^
Oct. 6: Hum A Cappella ^
Oct. 13: Texas Songhorns ^
Oct. 20: Butler School of Music — Matthew Gillen †
Oct. 27: Beauties and the Beat ^
Nov. 3: Noteworthy A Cappella ^
Nov. 10: Hum A Cappella ^
Nov. 17: One Note Stand ^
Nov. 24: Austin Classical Guitar †
Dec. 8: Noteworthy A Cappella ^ (Please note, Noteworthy A Cappella is a recent addition due to a last-minute cancellation)
Dec. 15: Austin Classical Guitar †
^ : A cappella performance
† : Classical guitar performance
Noteworthy A Cappella performing in the Skyspace on 15 September 2019
Landmarks thanks KMFA 89.5, Austin’s independent classical station, for their support of this program.