December 14, 2018 Taos, New Mexico

The Harwood Museum of Art

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Inspired By Place: The Music of Nell Shaw Cohen
Friday, March 8, 2019 - 5:30pm

Inspired By Place: The Music of Nell Shaw Cohen

Arthur Bell Auditorium


A concert and artist talk with Brooklyn-based composer Nell Shaw Cohen, three-time recipient of the Artist Residency Grant from The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. Cohen evokes landscapes, visual art, and the lives of mavericks in lyrical works for the stage, concert hall, and digital media. Excerpts from her opera “Mabel’s Call,” depicting Mabel Dodge Luhan’s life in early 20th century Taos, will be performed by Kristin Ditlow, pianist, with a cast of emerging opera singers. Cohen will also discuss her creative process through projects developed at the Wurlitzer Foundation—including her upcoming chamber opera about women in rodeo, commissioned by Houston Grand Opera—and screen multimedia video work inspired by landscape, nature, and place. Audience Q&A to follow.
Established in 1954, The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico is the oldest artist residency program west of the Mississippi. For over sixty years, the program has brought hundreds of visual artists, writers and composers to Taos. Through grants to painters, poets, sculptors, writers, playwrights, screenwriters, composers, photographers and filmmakers, of national and international origin, many resident artists fell in love with Taos and remained in the area after their residency had ended. Since the 1950’s with the first grantee, Agnes Martin, the number of artists who have been introduced to Taos by The Wurlitzer has grown, with contributions by Takayama, Stroh, and Dasburg to name just a few.
Admission is $20 general admission and $15 to Museum members.