University students and visitors may enjoy visiting the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) without knowing it’s also a performance venue. Liner Notes wants to orient you to a festive event at the JSMA on Sunday, October 28, 2012. The Tardis Ensemble, a student chamber music collective, will perform at the museum to coincide with the current art exhibition Lesley Dill: Poetic Visions.
Compared to other musical groups at the University of Oregon, the Tardis Ensemble may not be a familiar name. We’re hoping to change that with this interview with SOMD graduate student Helena Kopchick Spencer.
Liner Notes (LN): What is the original idea that forms the Tardis Ensemble?
Helena Kopchick Spencer (HKS): The Tardis Ensemble is a chamber music collective founded in 2011 with the purpose of engaging audiences through thematic programs that explore distinct time periods, countries, and genres. Music is a vehicle for us to take the audience on an historical and geographical journey. We are a seven-member core of mixed winds and strings: flute, oboe, bassoon, and string quartet (two violins, viola, and cello). Within that core, we explore the different colors created by different combinations of instruments.
LN: Where do you find inspirations in music? To be more specific, how do you come up with a theme for a concert?