Sarofim School of Fine Arts

The Color of Dissonance

  • Color of Dissonance: April 3-5, 2009    Graphic Design copyright Tyler King (2009)
    Color of Dissonance: April 3-5, 2009 Graphic Design copyright Tyler King (2009)

an opera premiering April 3rd – 5th

The Sarofim School of Fine Arts will stage the premiere performance of an original production entitled The Color of Dissonance, a creative adaptation of the correspondence between Kandinsky, Münter, and Schoenberg, whose artistic collaboration played an important role in the development of modernism in Western music and art during the period 1911-14.

In the spirit of the remarkable and cross-disciplinary collaboration between Kandinsky, Münter, and Schoenberg, The Color of Dissonance brings together theater, music, and art within a single production, and features an original score composed by Jason Hoogerhyde, Assistant Professor in Southwestern’s Music Department. The friendship between these three figures will be recounted with dramatic and historical integrity, offering a window onto this pivotal moment in early twentieth-century culture. We encourage the audience to engage thoughtfully with this history, and to recognize the potential of interdisciplinary projects to transcend convention. 

In conjunction with the performance of The Color of Dissonance, a one-day symposium will be held on Friday, April 3rd before the opening performance. The symposium features specialists from the fields of German cultural, music, and art history, and will provide a critical and historical context for the performances of the opera. 

Color of Dissonance Symposium, Friday, April 3, Alma Thomas Theater

10:30 a.m.    “Occultism and the Creative Unconscious in Fin-de-Siècle Germany” by Corinna Treitel, Department of History, Washington University

1:30 p.m.    “Münter and Kandinsky’s Masquerade of Modern Love” by Bibiana Obler, Department of Fine Arts & Art History, George Washington University

2:30 p.m.    “‘The Air of Another Planet: Kandinsky, Schoenberg, and Stefan George’s Entrückung” by Severine Neff, Department of Music, University of North Carolina

4:00 p.m.    “Making Modernism in Central Texas” by Sergio Costola, Theater Department; Jason Hoogerhyde, Music Department; Kimberly Smith, Art & Art History Department, Southwestern University

Questions about the symposium can be directed to Kim Smith.

Questions about the original music created for this production can be directed to composer Jason Hoogerhyde.

Questions about the opera and its performance can be directed to Sergio Costola .

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