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Lend your ears and eyes to ‘Art-Inspired Music’ by the students of McNally Smith College of Music

This weekend, McNally Smith College of Music will open its new “Art-Inspired Music” show to the public.

This weekend, McNally Smith College of Music will open its new “Art-Inspired Music” show to the public. The project features nine new pieces, most of them by student composers, created in response to Minnesota-based visual art and architecture.

On Saturday, the college will host an event in its main gallery, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., to introduce these works to the community.

The musicians responded to artwork by a variety of Twin Cities artists to create their compositions, including work by painters Allen Brewer and Laura Andrews; photographer Rhea Pappas; sculptors Michael McColl, Alonso Sierralta and Brant Kingman. Other participants chose to create pieces centered on the architecture of local landmarks: the new Guthrie building, Loring Park, and the magnificent Cathedral of St. Paul.

This interdisciplinary project is the brainchild of McNally Smith liberal arts instructor William Franklin, who was assisted in pulling it all together by the music composition department’s Chris Cunningham.

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In the press materials for the program, Franklin says, “The resulting musical work … proves the synesthetic potential between the two fields [of music and visual art]. We hope this initiative serves to maintain and elevate the importance of interdisciplinary experience, and to continue to allow the arts — as the poet Charles Baudelaire notes — ‘to lend powers to each other.’ “

McNally Smith College of Music will hold a special public gallery event for the ‘Art-Inspired Music’ project from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 27. You can also see short videos on the project, and hear the resulting musical compositions, now, online