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Premiere screening of ARCHITECT

Event Details

Premiere screening of ARCHITECT

Time: November 17, 2011 from 6pm to 8pm
Location: Center for Architecture
Street: 536 LaGuardia Place
City/Town: New York
Event Discipline: opera, design, architecture, visual
Organized By: Center for Architecture FDN
Latest Activity: Nov 9, 2011

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Event Description

The Center for Architecture Foundation invites you to the premiere screening of


a chamber opera based on the life and work of Louis Kahn


Vocal and instrumental music by Lewis Spratlan

Winner of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize in Music


Electroacoustic music by John Downey and Jenny Kallick

Libretto by Jenny Kallick

Paintings by Michiko Theurer


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 Thursday, November 17th, 2011

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Center for Architecture


Discussion featuring the artists, acclaimed opera designer John Conklin, and Kahn’s daughter, Sue Ann Kahn

Cocktail reception to follow



General - $75

Preferred Seating and Dinner with the artists - $200


Purchase tickets here


Tickets are tax-deductible.  

Funds raised through this special event will support the CFAF’s architecture and design education programs.

About the Opera (by Jenny Kallick):


ARCHITECT was inspired by the work of Louis I. Kahn (1902-1974), a major figure in twentieth-century architecture. He strove to create buildings connected to the past and to the innate characteristics of their materials – color, light, and above all, sound. Kahn, who once considered a career as a composer, often asserted that “to hear a sound is to see a space.”


ARCHITECT evolved from the composers’ and librettist’s visits to Kahn buildings and their efforts to capture the “sounding spaces” they encountered there by interweaving the electro-acoustic music with vocal and instrumental chamber music . Each building invoked an interplay of light and ineffable acoustic elements, qualities central to Kahn's vision.


The work is designed to reflect the Architect's dramatic journey from possibilities imagined at the start to a realization of his dream at the work's conclusion. Visual artist and musician Michiko Theurer traveled to Rome and visited Kahn buildings before undertaking watercolors that, along with photographs and video, became the source materials for the film project.


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