Arthur Everett “Chick” Austin, Jr.’s innovative outlook on embracing art in all its forms brought a revitalized interest in different types of artistic media to the Ringling museum when he became it's first director in 1949. A true visionary, Chick, revolutionized museum practice with a deep appreciation for the artistry of musicians, choreographers and dancers, and was a leader in presenting performance in American museums.
“The function of a museum,” Chick said, “is more than merely showing pictures. The museum is the place to integrate the arts and bring them alive.”
Chick also created a program in which those who loved and/or hated contemporary performance could come together to discuss why. He called this program the Friends and Enemies of Contemporary Performance and we are honoring his memory by bringing these round table talks back- now called the FrEnemies of Contemporary Performance!
Each program will focus on a particular performance medium and will be moderated by a local performance practitioner, curator, or scholar within each field of focus. These discussions will allow visitors to freely share their opinions on contemporary performance and will create the opportunity for unbiased dialogue and conversation. We recommend visitors experience the differing performance mediums in the Historic Asolo Theater's season of performance prior to attending these discussions.
Please note: These programs are free but do require a ticket reservation as space is limited.
FrEnemies of Contemporary Performance: Music
April 30 @ 6:00 PM
Join Professor of Music and the Director of New Music New College, Stephen Miles, for an open dialogue about contemporary Music. In this round table discussion the audience will find a safe space to discuss why they love or hate contemporary music and why it may be difficult or strange to some ears. Stephen will facilitate a conversation that will explore the dynamic relationship between music and contemporary social structures, drawing on social theory and experimental techniques of composition and performance. We recommend that you attend the Spektral Quartet performance on April 24th or 25th in the Historic Asolo Theater prior to attending this discussion.
Professor Miles is active as a composer, performer, and scholar. Professor Miles regularly presents papers at the International Conference on Social Theory, Politics and the Arts, and at the New Music Gathering, and is a member of the American Composers Forum board of directors. From 2011 to 2017, Professor Miles was NCF’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.