May 17, 2022

Charlie Doodle

Unique Art & Entertainment

Music, art collide in WT’s production of Art-tastic

3 min read

“Art song: most often a musical setting of an independent poem or text, intended as part of a recital or other occasion.” — The Cincinnati Song Initiative

West Texas A&M University will practice this method of storytelling when it presents Art-tastic, a one-time performance scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, in the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex Recital Hall. Admission is free. 

According to Sarah Beckham-Turner, WT assistant professor of music and director of WT Opera, all performance pieces are art songs, meaning they have no connected production to the piece.

“Art songs are generally a singer next to a piano, no staging. So what we did is each student chose their own art song, and got to create their own character from the text of the art song. It allowed for a lot of creativity,” Beckham-Turner said. “Everyone was given a scene partner and the pair together would create their own scene with their songs.”

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