noonartsound, a series of programs at the University of St. Thomas that blends musical performance and historical perspective, returns to the St. Paul campus this semester with a Tuesday, March 4, program on “Argentina: Tango in Images and Sound.”

noonartsound hosts Shelley Nordtorp-Madson and Chris Kachian.

noonartsound hosts Shelley Nordtorp-Madson and Chris Kachian.

As the name suggests, the programs begin at noon and last for about an hour. The series will be held in the O’Shaughnessy Room, known by many as the “leather room,” located on the first floor of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center.

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. They are known for their unique style and humor, along with beautiful yet “unstuffy” presentations of their art.

This is the 12th year that Nordtorp-Madson and Kachian have presented the popular lecture-concerts. They deal with a variety of periods in art, sculpture, painting, costume history and more, and feature guitar performances of period music spanning 400 years.

Those attending are welcome to bring a lunch; refreshments will be provided. For more information call the library, (651) 962-5014

Dates for the remainder of the series are:

  • April 1: “The Art and Music of the French Baroque Chambre
  • May 6: “Romantica: Spanish Art and Music of 1880-1920″