Cedar Rapids Museum Of Art

Canvas and Composers

Location: Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
410 Third Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Date: Thursday, March 14 2019

Cedar Rapids Opera Collaboration: Canvas and Composers
Enjoy an evening of insights and inspiration in this lively discussion with the CRMA staff and composers. Executive Director Sean Ulmer and Associate Curator Kate Kunau will discuss the Grant Wood art works that the composer have chosen. Composers Jean-Francois Charles, Robert Lindsey-Nassif and Michael Ching will tell us why they chose these specific works of art as inspiration for their operas.

 In early September 2017, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre Artistic Director Daniel Kleinknecht approached Cedar Rapids Museum of Art Executive Director Sean Ulmer about the possibility of commissioning two or three composers to create new one-act operas about Grant Wood inspired by one (or more) of Grant Wood’s paintings. On September 13, Ulmer took four potential composers along with Kleinknecht through the grant Wood Gallery as well as through the storage areas, sharing with the composers the Museum’s rich holdings in works by Wood. Afterward, the Museum worked with the composers by providing them with images of the works they found most intriguing and the composers went off to create.