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Curator Talks begin with a performance by a UNO flute student at 5:30 P.M. and are followed by a lecture by SBMLC Chief Curator Alexandra Cardon at 6:00 P.M. These Thursday evening lectures will be presented on a variety of topics that relate to the current exhibition Becoming a Witness: From Abstraction to Figuration. RSVP required.

January 25, 2024: Introduction to the Exhibition

  • Paige Michaud will perform flute music by Valerie Coleman, a Grammy-nominated African American female composer.

February 22, 2024: Legacies of the WWII & the Holocaust in Postwar French Painting

  • Paige Michaud will perform flute pieces of music recently discovered by Francis Poulenc, Olivier Messiaen, and Jehan Alain, all who were either banned and/or imprisoned by the Nazis.

March 21, 2024: Bak & Bacon - Representing Postwar Angst

  • Claire James, Paige Michaud, & Christine Beard will perform flute music by Ludwig van Beethoven reminiscent of Jewish musicians imprisoned in WWII concentration camps across Europe performed works by German composers on whatever instruments were available.

April 18, 2024: New Figuration in the 1960s

  • Morgan Thompson will perform music by Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera in his “objective nationalist” style.

May 23, 2024

  • Heartland Flute Choir will perform flute music featuring works by Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis, and American LGBTQA+ composer Erin Spencer. Theodorakis’ music, a symbol of resistance against the Greek military regime, was banned and the composer was deported and interned in the concentration camp of Oropos. Spencer's "Where Bluebirds Fly" is dedicated to the 2022 Club Q shooting victims in Colorado.
    • The program this evening will consist only of the music performance. There will not be a Curator Talk given by Alexandra Cardon, Chief Curator.​​​​​​​

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