Blanton Museum of Art
200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin, TX
Where the audience is the choir!
Presented in conjunction with the museum’s special exhibition “James Drake: Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash).” Much as Drake’s drawings incorporate disparate ideas (drawings of cattle next to drawings of MRI scans next to angels next to barcodes next to self-portraits next to Mickey Mouse!), this Big Sing incorporates a variety of songs with diverse subject matter and influence. Songs will range from cowboy tunes reminiscent of West Texas, where James Drake grew up, to Classical works and will span styles and time periods: “Oh What a Beautiful Morning,” “Shenandoah,” “Ode to Joy” (“Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee”), the Beatles, and more!
About the Big Sing
Craig Hella Johnson leads each Big Sing gathering in vocal warm-ups and short, melodic songs that can be easily learned. As musical hosts, Conspirare Symphonic Choir members are among the audience to sing along and provide musical support and encouragement. Song sheets are provided.
Musical selections at Big Sings range from familiar rounds, spirituals, and Beatles songs to the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah and popular 20th century standards from the Great American Songbook. Johnson hand-picks music for each Big Sing to delight, thrill, and sometimes challenge the singing audience, always with remarkably beautiful and inspirational results.
The Big Sing is open to everyone, regardless of musical training and experience. Through a fun, no-pressure group singing experience, audience members learn basic vocal technique and sing as one with hundreds of others.
Admission to the Blanton Museum is free that evening. The Big Sing is only one hour long, but the galleries will be open until 9pm. The Blanton Café offers a special Happy Hour, with a glass of wine and a slice of gourmet pizza for $5, while the Museum Shop keeps its doors open late as well.
$4 parking for Blanton Museum visitors at Brazos Garage and Trinity Garage. Parking ticket must be validated by the Blanton. MORE + MAP