Save the date for annual ACC Concert Crawl!


WEATHER UPDATE, 4/6: It’s raining! This means we’re going with the inclement weather plan for today’s Austin Cultural Campus Spring Concert Crawl. Instead of one of the four spots being Mark di Suvero’s sculpture, we’ll be in the POB atrium (at Speedway & 24th) where Deborah Butterfield’s horse sculpture, “Vermillion”, is on view. All other locations are the same. See you soon! 

Austin’sCultural Campus (ACC) is looking forward to co-hosting the annual spring Concert Crawl on Sunday, 6 April with free admission and live music. This innovative and fun music concert series is co-presented with the Butler School of Music. A series of short, informal music concerts performed by talented students of the Butler School of Music will be presented at four of Austin’s most popular cultural destinations. Concert programs will begin at 1:00pm, 2:00pm, and 3:00pm at each venue. Each mini-concert will feature a variety of music masterworks specifically chosen to respond to the art and collections exhibited at the museums. Travel from each location to hear all four music programs, and enjoy an inspiring afternoon of music, history, art, and fun. Kick off the afternoon at whichever spot you like, and then visit the rest in the order that strikes your fancy. The weather is predicted to be sunny, beautiful, and in the low to mid 70s.

A trombone quartet will perform a selection of trombone quartets at Mark di Suvero’s Clock Knot in Landmarks’ public art collection (the tall red abstract sculpture located on the lawn at the corner of East Dean Keeton & Speedway streets). At the Harry Ransom Center (300 West 21st Street), a string quartet will perform Beethoven’s Opus 59, No. 1. At the Blanton Museum of Art (200 E Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard), a piano trio will perform Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons. And right across the street from the Blanton, The Bullock Texas State History Museum (1800 Congress Avenue, will feature a wind quartet performing John Harbison’s Quintet for Winds.

Mark di Suvero's "Clock Knot"

Mark di Suvero’s “Clock Knot”

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Rain or shine. See you there!




A musical and visual experience in “The Nearest Air” at the Blanton Museum

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Music is a great source of inspiration for artist Waltercio Caldas, and with it he encourages us to engage with his current exhibition at the Blanton in a whole new way. The artist provided the museum with a list of his favorite tracks—all masterpieces—and we set out to design an immersive audio experience using a portable listening device that visitors could wear around the gallery as they looked at his art. Just as the exhibition, The Nearest Air: A Survey of Works by Waltercio Caldas, explores the Brazilian artist’s lifetime of work, this playlist highlights his long history of music appreciation.

The Caldas Playlist features artists like Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Lennie Tristano, Eric Satie, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Ludwig van Beethoven. The range of musical selections echoes the artist’s own mix of international influences. The best way to begin listening to the device is to plug in apair of headphones and hold down the PLAY button until you hear the soft Brazilian welcome of João Gilberto’s Bossa Nova. The lighthearted song is a promise that more whimsy awaits inthe seductive objects that populate the horizon lines throughout the large ground floor gallery.

The transcendental stylings of contemporary legend Steve Reich come next: you are invited on an organic examination of timbre that he composed over two years in the mid-1970s. The album Music for 18 Musicians was recorded several times over the following decades, and every recording is different. Some say you can’t really understand Reich unless you are listening to a live performance. Caldas says the same about viewing art in-person versus looking at a picture in a catalogue or on a screen. Nothing can compare with experiencing an object in person.

The thoughtful Duke Ellington takes over the musical conversation on his piano. Accompanied by his articulate and sentimental phrasings, we may be inspired to dance in the space between the objects, exploring it as an extension of the simple yet precise materials. There is a second Duke Ellington composition in the playlist that the Modern Jazz Quartet performed in tribute to him: It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing). Throughout the exhibition, you will also notice Caldas make references in homage to legendary artists like Diego Velázquez, Giotto di Bondone, Alberto Giacometti, and Pablo Picasso. Elsewhere in the mix, you can also hear the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra honor Benny Goodman and Igor Stravinsky with their rendition of Ebony Concerto.

The music slinks forward with the raw energy and poise of free jazz improvisation that won Charlie Haden a Grammy in 2001. El Ciego (The Blind) is a sultry tango that sparks a romance between the sculptures’ reflections and textures. Charlie Parker thrills us with Billie’s Bounce (Take 1) from The Complete Savoy and Dial Studio Recordings 1944-48. These smokin’ hot recording sessions saw the frantic Bird spend years developing himself as an artist.  The whole audio experience ends with a selection from Thelonious Monk’s second solo album, Alone in San Francisco, recorded live in 1959. Caldas is fascinated by Monk’s creative process involving endless problem making and problem solving; we can even find a sculpture titled Thelonious Monk in the gallery.

What sort of connections will you make between what you see and what you hear? I suggest inviting some friends along for a Caldas listening party. The playlist contains 17 tracks and has a total runtime of 1:15:00 (one hour and fifteen minutes). Use the FORWARD and BACK buttons to control your experience. Worried about closing out the world with a pair of headphones? Caldas says, “people are always alone when they are in front of objects of art”, and they should enjoy it!

The Caldas Playlist buttons can be found at either the museum’s admissions desk or the nearby information desk. Can’t make it to the museum? You can also listen to most of the tracks online at the Caldas Spotify Playlist.

This playlist provides an opportunity to experience art in a new, immersive, and augmented way – something that the Blanton aspires to provide all visitors.

Mary Myers
Media Coordinator

Concerts & Cycling: Join us on Saturday, April 14

Saturday, April 14

Bike Tour of Austin’s Cultural Campus
1 p.m.
Meet at Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop (400 Nueces)
Explore art, history, the humanities, and science while enjoying a casual bike ride! Co-hosted by Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop and the Austin Cycling Association, this no-drop, co-ed group ride is perfect for cyclists of all levels and riding abilities. Total distance is about 6 miles.

On this route, we’ll visit museums that are part of Austin’s Cultural Campus: the Blanton Museum of Art, the Ransom Center, the Texas Memorial Museum, and the Visual Arts Center. Docents will briefly share museum highlights, and you will enjoy musical performances from the University’s Butler School of Music’s Chamber Music Outreach Project at each stop.

Ride size is limited, so please RSVP.

Helmets and signed waiver are required. Ride may be cancelled in the event of inclement weather; please check for updated information.


Austin’s Cultural Campus Concert Crawl
2–4 p.m.
Join us for an afternoon of music with the Austin’s Cultural Campus Concert Crawl, a chamber music outreach project featuring performers from The University of Texas’s Butler School of Music. Enjoy 20-minute casual chamber music performances at four of the University’s museums: the Blanton Museum of Art, the Harry Ransom Center, the Texas Memorial Museum, and the Visual Arts Center. Performances repeat every half hour. Make plans to visit each institution and hear music by Ravel, Mozart, Beethoven, and more.