“Noonartsound,” a series of programs that blend musical performance and historical perspective, returns to campus this semester with an “all that jazz” program from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, in the first-floor O’Shaughnessy Room (Room 108) of O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library.

noonartsound hosts Shelley Nordtorp-Madson and Chris Kachian.

“Noonartsound” hosts Shelley Nordtorp-Madson and Chris Kachian.

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, and Dr. Chris Kachian, guitarist and professor of music, Department of Music.

In their Oct. 1 program, Nordtorp-Madson will present photos and artwork from the vibrant Harlem Renaissance period while Kachian, joined by student and faculty musicians, will perform jazz and show tunes from the ’30s, ’40s, ’50s and ’60s.

Nordtorp-Madson and Kachian have been performing these popular lecture-concerts together for 10 years. The professors are known their unique style and humor, along with beautiful, satisfying, yet “unstuffy” presentations of their art.

More background about the professors can be found here (scroll down).

Here’s the “noonartsound” schedule for the rest of the year:

  • Nov. 5: “Decadent Vienna in the 1800s”
  • Dec. 3: “Freedom: Art and Music of the Mississippi Delta 1910-1950″
  • March 4, 2014: “Argentina: Tango in Images and Sound”
  • April 1, 2014: “The Art and Music of the French Baroque Chambre”
  • May 6, 2014: “Romantica: Spanish Art and Music of 1880-1910″