An Alpine Symphony
, composer Kurt Stallmann is incorporating extra-musical elements into the language of his new site-specific work, Trajectory of a Curve
, created for the James Turrell Skyspace at Rice University — except instead of nature, they’re of Houston. “[Rice is] really in the center of the city, so everywhere you go you’re going to hear the din of traffic,” says Stallmann. “That’s part of the world we live in.” While traversing the “curve,” a reference to Carl Jung’s lifespan parabola, Stallmann uses not only rush-hour traffic, but also rakes on the pebbled sidewalks and maybe a helicopter overhead or a nearby soccer game. Since sound is transmitted through the roof, it’s possible to hear both as soprano Alexandra Smither and percussion duo Scuffed Shoe perform, but “that’s our life experience,” says Stallmann.
8:30 p.m. Monday and May 21. 6100 Main. For information, call 713-348-8000 or visit skyspace.rice.edu
Much as Strauss utilized wind and thunder machines to convey the ambience of