LeSo Gallery to offer night of art, music with ‘Sounds’Written by Jay Hathaway | | firstname.lastname@example.org
An East Toledo art gallery is offering the opportunity to stimulate multiple senses and experience music and visual art together for an evening.
The LeSo Gallery, located at 1527 Starr Ave., is hosting “Sounds,” featuring clarinetists Andrew Kier and Meghan Yankowskas. The one-night-only event is set for 7-9 p.m. Nov. 22. The music will begin at 7:30. Admission is free, and refreshments will be provided.
Along with the music, the LeSo staff will be featuring some of their own works for the first time. Additionally, attendees will be able to view the gallery’s permanent collection, which features the works of Yusuf Lateef, Sam Barton and Ian Welch.
LeSo director and co-owner Amber LeFever said that the gallery has once previously hosted musicians, at its recent one-year anniversary show, “Overture II.” This is how Kier, who performed that night, found the space and fell in love with it.
Kier began playing the clarinet in the sixth grade. After high school, he attended Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, and earned a bachelor’s degree in music education. He is currently a graduate student at Bowling Green State University.
Yankowskas similarly began her musical journey at an early age, with both of her parents being musicians.
“I’ve always been surrounded by music,” she wrote in an email. “I started fiddling around with instruments such as piano and guitar early on, but I settled on clarinet in middle school.”
Yankowskas, also a current graduate student at BGSU, said she was influenced by Romantic composers such at Johannes Brahms and Carl Maria von Weber. However, after discovering the works of twentieth-century composers such as John Cage and Steve Reich, she started to explore newer forms of music.
“It is so fantastic to see the different ways composers have used the clarinet in the past century, and I love to advocate for these new ways of pushing the musical envelope,” she said.
Some of the composers featured at “Sounds” will be Béla Kovács, Heinrich Sutermeister, Olivier Messiaen, Ronald Caravan and Cage. Kier said that the highlight of the performance will be Cage’s “4’33″.”
“[It’s] one of the most controversial pieces of music of our time.”
The idea of the piece is for the musician to perform without playing a note.
“It’s not about silence, but it’s about the sounds that happen in a particular performance venue that are a part of the performance as well,” Kier said. “Meghan has performed it before, but will be my first time performing the piece and I’m excited.”
LeFever said LeSo currently has no definitive plans for future musical performances, she would love to host more.