The world of art will collide with music as the Palmer Museum of Art hosts “The Art of Music: Gems and Diversions for Clarinet.”
The event, which takes place at 12:10 p.m. today, is a short musical concert that features Penn State Assistant Professor of Clarinet Anthony Costa — with Ann Deighton on piano — his clarinet students and Associate Professor of Saxophone David Stambler.
The concert will be located in Pincus Galley of Contemporary Art on the second floor of the museum.
Costa, also the host of the event, hopes that people will be able to enjoy different forms of art in the same place.
“You can listen to the music while looking at art, it's a win-win situation,” Costa said.
Curator of education at the Palmer Museum of Art Dana Kletchka said the gallery was chosen because it was the tallest and provided the best acoustics.
“It serves as a way for people to visit our space, even if they are not an art fan,” she said.
Costa, who has been on the Penn State faculty for four years, has a wide array of experience under his belt including performances with the Pennsylvania quartet, The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, and The Columbus Symphony Orchestra.
Some of the songs set to be preformed include “Self-Parafrasis,” a Spanish song by Xavier Montsalvtge and “After you, Mr. Gershwin,” which Costa calls “a tribute to George Gershwin.”
Another song, “Pranayama,” composed by Stambler, is part of a duet with Costa that will be preformed in Assisi, Italy, this summer as part of the International Clarinet Association’s “ClarinetFest.”
Kletcha said the “Art of Music” series is a great way for people to enjoy art in a unique setting and to draw more people into the museum.
“Some students and community members come in to support professors and listen to students during their lunch hour” she said
Joyce Robinson, a curator at the Palmer, said that the concerts often bring people in the museum that might not be normal visitors. She also said that the small space of the concert will give people more of a chance to connect with the performer.
“The intimate location provides a unique ambiance that guests really appreciate,” she said.