Saturday, May 15, 2010

Bluebeard's Castle Featuring Set Design by Dale Chihuly

Bluebeard's Castle - Relocated to TPAC's Jackson Hall

Bartók's early masterpiece Bluebeard's Castle recounts the classic fairy tale about a bloodthirsty nobleman and his castle of horrors. As his young bride walks through the doors of the castle, Bartók's music builds in dramatic intensity, leading to a chilling conclusion. Renowned artist Dale Chihuly has created a spectacular set design with his artwork for this production. Six individual 14-foot glass sculptures, which represent the castle doors, will be revealed during the course of the performance by the Nashville Symphony. The orchestra will also perform Beethoven's Symphony No. 1, in which the composer embarked on what would soon be a string of monumental works destined to change the course of classical music.

In tandem with this production, Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art in Nashville will be hosting a Chihuly exhibition May 25-October 31, and the Frist Center for the Visual Arts is currently hosting a Chihuly exhibition through January 2, 2011. Visit for more details on this citywide celebration of Chihuly's artistry.

You can see more of Bluebeard work by Chihuly on his website.  It's really quite fascinating and evokes the tale much more than I expected it to do.
I've known about this performance for several months, but was waiting for more information and hopefully images before posting it.  Unfortunately, the floods have put my beloved Schermerhorn Symphony Center out of commission for a while, but the performance has been relocated.
I've been blessed to have a few fairy tale items coming to Nashville the past several months, such as this and the soon to depart Briar Rose paintings by Edward Burne-Jones. 
If you live in driving distance of Nashville, these exhibits are lovely and the upcoming ones at the Frist just as much so.  There's a Nashville only couture exhibit coming up that has been at the V&A but will only appear in Nashville in the states.  The city is recovering and most of the sightseeing is open and available.  We need the tourist dollars and I encourage you to come for a visit...

1 comment:

  1. Oh how AWESOME. I was able to see Chihuly's exhibit when he came to Pittsburgh, and when I read this post I thought *perfect*.