noonartsound, a series of programs that blend musical performance and historical perspective, returns to the University of St. Thomas campus this semester with a program dealing with Vienna and Franz Schubert from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the first-floor O’Shaughnessy Room (Room 108) of O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center on the university’s St. Paul campus.
The program, free and open to all, brings together the talents of Dr. Shelly Nordtorp-Madson, chief curator and a member of the clinical faculty in the Department of Art History; Dr. Chris Kachian, guitarist and professor of music; and Dr. David Jenkins, a pianist, organist and harpsichordist who is music director of the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity.
“Romantic Vienna, the most musical city in the western world, claims most of the great composers of the 18th and 19th centuries,” Kachian said. “One later musician and music writer of the early 19th century was Franz Schubert, the favorite of the Romantic movement and a society filled with waltzers and consumptive, over-corseted ladies carrying smelling-salt containers and subsiding onto fainting couches. The setting of Vienna is sublime and the music no less so – if a bit lugubrious. Bring your silver vinaigrettes with you.”
Nordtorp-Madson, Kachian and Jenkins have been performing these popular lecture-concerts together for 12 years. They are known their unique style and humor, along with beautiful, satisfying, yet “unstuffy” presentations of their art.
Here’s the noonartsound schedule for the rest of the semester:
- April 7: The British Invasion: 1964-1967
- May 5: The 1930s With Songs of the Early Labor Movement