Colloquium Series: Zeitgeist, For the Birds

September 29, 2017 at 2:304:30 pm[2h]
Bjorling Recital Hall

Colloquium Series: Zeitgeist, For the Birds Bjorling Recital Hall

Co-written in 2010 by Victor Zupanc and Kevin Kling '79, For the Birds is a concert length (1 hour running time) that, on the surface, seems to be about birds. It features a series of musical pieces extolling the nature of each particular bird (sparrows, roosters, woodpeckers, Canadian geese, hawks), drawing parallels with our own human nature. Interspersed between, is insightful storytelling created by Kling reflecting on childhood memories, immigration, illness, accidents, and healing. However, just below the surface (but discernible to those that look), For the Birds is a work about that part of our human nature that compels us to reach beyond ourselves for more —more opportunity for our family, more money, more fun, more speed, more knowledge, more love. When all goes well, we call that need aspiration. When it doesn't, and we plunge to the earth with melting wings, we call it hubris. Through utterly delightful music and a worldview only Kevin Kling can provide, For the Birds gives us the space to contemplate our nature, laugh at ourselves, and heal.

This event is free and open to the public, no ticket is required.

AudiencePublic
ContactMara Klein — 507-933-7013
CategoryFine Arts
SponsorDepartment of Music