Yachting with the Kennedys
Renegade composer Nathan Felix is known for programming multi-faceted musical/visual performances in unconventional spaces. With his huge DIY choir From Those Who Follow the Echoes in tow, Felix has consistently put on shows that challenge and delight. Anyone remember that opera on the VIA bus last October? This weekend, Felix, a transplant from ATX whose guerilla approach to classical music is earning him opportunities all over the place at this point, will take over the San Antonio Museum of Art for a few hours to create an interactive, immersive and customizable experience. Felix told the Current last week the idea for the performance/installation/scavenger hunt, titled “Yachting with the Kennedys,” grew out of his “obsession with creating performances where each attendee gets a different experience whether that be visually or musically.” The setup for this inventive event is like this: attendees will be given a map and a test tube (which activates the scavenger hunt aspect), then they’ll engage performers and actors throughout the museum searching for clues. There’s also the option to just roam freely, unconstrained by the structure of the scavenger hunt. In any case, attendees will be treated to music and other performances, all quite different from one another, throughout the galleries. The whole event will culminate with a grand finale — the performance of a new piece by Felix, written for a special six-sided keyboard, that features all of the performers. Of the whole affair, Felix said that he is excited to provide more “agency to explore based on their senses in the moment” than previous shows have. If you like costumes, drama, art, eclectic music, mystery and intrigue at all, then you’re probably gonna line up for “Yachting with the Kennedys” just as fast as us.
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