A Color Music Concert

The Smith College Department of Theatre presents A Color Music Concert, a collaborative project with students from classes in lighting design, art installation, and piano performance in Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre on November 15 at 7:30 p.m. and November 16 at 3 p.m. Through an interactive approach, this concert explores new ways of seeing and hearing works of art, hoping to cultivate an experiential relationship between the audience and a journey of installations, music, and light. There will be a preview on Thursday November 14 at 7:30 p.m. and all performances are free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended because space is limited.

Nan Zhang, senior lecturer in theatre, conceived of the collaboration as a project for her Advanced Studies in Lighting Design course (THE 353). In the past, when the class is offered in the spring, her students have designed lighting for the Senior Dance Concert, collaborating with student choreographers. This semester, Nan reached out to colleagues in the art and music departments to join the interdisciplinary project. Professor of Art Lynne Yamamoto used the opportunity as a prompt for students in her Topics in Installation: Memory and Social Engaged Art class (ARS 370). The only guideline was that the works had to be white to provide a canvas for the lighting. Pianists from Piano Performance (MUS 914, 924, 930) taught by Associate Professor of Music Judith Gordon, Music Instructor Yang Liu and Visiting Artist Jiayan Sun will play pieces from their repertoire.

Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall’s black-box performance space, will be filled with 10 installations by student artists who have used an array of materials from feathers to toilet paper to create their hanging pieces which reflect on themes of memory. Five lighting designers have been matched with five pianists to create sound and light environments using color, rhythm and dynamics inspired by the compositions and the installations. Audience members are invited to walk among the work during the concert. Black and/or white apparel is encouraged for maximal immersive experience. 

A Color Music Concert

  • Thursday Preview at 7:30 p.m..
  • Friday Performance at 7:30 p.m. with reception to follow.
  • Saturday Performance at 3 p.m.

Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts
122 Green Street
Northampton, MA. 01063