15 February 2022
(Or why do I feel that feeling when I hear something that makes me feel something?)
With composer and host, Randall Davidson
Sunday, February 27, 2022 at 2pm
Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Avenue, Lakeville MN 55044
More information about Mr. Davidson's music is available at randalldavidsonmusic.com.
Music is about feelings – obvious or implied, coaxed or unleashed, subtle or overwhelming. But does everyone feel the same feeling? And can we be rational about our feelings to better understand our emotions?
In this edition of the Lakeville Arts Center Coffee Concerts, composer Randall Davidson leads us through these processes and more using his compositions to explore our basic reactions to music (funny, mean, happy, sad) and eventually to more unexpected combinations of emotions (happy and mean, funny and sad).
This one-of-a-kind interactive show will supply audiences (in-person and online) with a unique set of tools:
● an “emoticard” to score your reactions using miniature golf pencils,
● a glossary of emotion words (a.k.a. affects), and
● an open town hall setting that encourages interactions with the musicians.
Davidson credits his inspiration for this program to Leonard Bernstein and his Young People’s Concerts in the 1950’s and 60’s. Davidson says that “this program is a ‘Lenny’ in that the musicians will be on stage the entire show to demonstrate musical examples. The difference: audience members will also play a much more active part, connecting with the performers through ‘shows of hands,’ laughter, and Q & A’s.”
Davidson has enrolled the talents of an All Star cast of some of Minnesota’s best musicians: singer Maria Jette, oboe/English hornist, Merilee Klemp, violinist Elise Parker, cellists Ben Osterhouse & Randall Davidson, bassist Rolf Erdahl, and pianist Shannon Wettstein with one or two surprise guest appearances along the way.
Event Information [90 minutes with intermission]
A Note About Our Sponsors
Audrey Johnson Companies is celebrating its 56th anniversary in residential and commercial real estate in Lakeville. In honor of this occasion, they are a Season Sponsor for this 14th season of the Coffee Concerts at the Lakeville Area Arts Center. Complimentary coffee provided by Caribou Coffee.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
For further questions or artist contact info, contact LAAC Coffee Concert Organizer, Rolf Erdahl
6857 W. 133rd Street
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Rolf Mobile: 651-319-1413
MARIA JETTE (soprano)
SHANNON WETTSTEIN (piano)
MERILEE KLEMP (oboe)
CAROLYN BOULAY (violin)
THOMAS BANDAR (viola)
BENJAMIN OSTERHOUSE (cello)
We are a little more than four weeks ahead of the performance on February 27 and there are a number of urgent deadlines coming up this week. I’ll dump my anxiety into the PUSH ITEMS (below).
I am finding that I am more creative and productive with a circle of colleagues that I can talk to about the ideas and notions that are in my head. I don’t think this approach works with everyone, especially composers who tend to be solitary in their creative process.
And this may be the larger issue that I am thinking about in the long-term. What is it about my creative preferences that puts value on collaboration? It might be a super-power but it also might be my kryptonite. And I’m always trying to find the balance between working in isolation and in a group process.
Clearly, I’m the active agent driving everything related to the 2/27 Project FunnyMeanHappySad and so as a “producer” I am working with performers, promoters, and production folks. As the “composer-creator” of the music and the “presenter” or M.C. I also have production aspects:
Overseeing so many aspects is a little daunting and so organizing the commodity of time is critical to success. SO —- what does success look like? Setting goals was probably work that should have been done in a more granular sense weeks/months ago. Knowing what I’m shooting for as the host, creator, composer, producer, promoter and performer still needs to be clearly and thoroughly articulated. There is no time like the present.
What does success look like on March 1, 2022?
As the creator/composer
Brené Brown's Atlas of the Heart, again, itemizes 87 emotions which make it easier to include for consideration in the emoticard that will be handed out to the audience before the show. The list she creates is based on social science research but it leaves out some of the basics in practice of Baroque music. But first, here are her categories of emotions in list form:
Places we go...when things are uncertain or too much: Stress, Overwhelm, Anxiety, Worry, Avoidance, Excitement, Dread, Fear, Vulnerability
...when we compare: Comparison, Admiration, Reverence, Envy, Jealousy, Resentment, Schadenfreude, Freundenfreude
...when things don't go as planned: Boredom, Disappointment, Expectations, Regret, Discouragement, Resignation, Frustration
...when it's beyond us: Awe, Wonder, Confusion, Curiosity, Interest, Surprise
...when things aren't what they seem: Amusement, Bittersweetness, Nostalgia, Cognitive Dissonance, Paradox, Irony, Sarcasm
...when we're hurting: Anguish, Hopelessness, Despair, Sadness, Grief
...where we go with others: Compassion, Pity, Empathy, Sympathy, Boundaries, Comparative Suffering
...where we go when we fall short: Shame, Self-Compassion, Perfectionism, Guilt, Humiliation, Embarassment
...where we go when we search for connection: Belonging, Fitting, Connection, Disconnection, Insecurity, Invisibility, Loneliness
...where we go when the heart is open: Love, Lovelessness, Heartbreak, Trust, Self-Trust, Betrayal, Defensiveness, Flooding, Hurt
...where we go when life is good: Joy, Happiness, Calm, Contentment, Gratitude, Foreboding Joy, Relief, Tranquility
...where we go when we feel wronged: Anger, Contempt, Disgust, Dehumanization, Hate, Self-Righteousness
...where we go to self-assess: Pride, Hubris, Humility