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Lang-Lessing Bringing Music To SAMA Exhibit

Something different is happening this weekend at a San Antonio Museum of Art Exhibition. First, SAMA's Katie Luber talks about the exhibition itself -- it's called 28 Chinese

"That features works by 28 contemporary Chinese artists working today," she said.

The expansive exhibition has a huge variety of art.

"Yes. So many media. Video, paintings, sculpture, performance, installation. So many different ways of looking at art," Luber said.

An enormous piece was the ultimate "some assembly required" piece that she, her staff and volunteers worked on for a long time.

"Eight days of 10-hour days of crumple and assemble 8,000 sheets of paper into a massive installation," she remembered.

It's one that you actually walk through.  What sets Saturday night's exhibition apart started with a visit by San Antonio Symphony Conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing. Luber's face lit up. 

"He loved the show. He was so excited. And we started talking about how music and art can relate, and all of a sudden we had this great idea: to do a musical intervention into the exhibitions."

So Lang-Lessing is literally putting music into the exhibition.

"Sebastian is bringing six musicians over to the museum on Saturday evening between 6 and 8 p.m., and they will be performing short pieces in the galleries where 28 Chinese is installed."

The musicians will be stationed at intervals, and associated with specific pieces of art. Luber detailed what to expect.

"There will be six different musicians playing cello and marimba and flute and violin and clarinet and I believe harp."

As to what selections they will play: that's top secret.

"I don't know what they will play; I can't wait to find out!"

For more on the 28 Chinese exhibit, go here

For more on the San Antonio Museum of Artgo here

Jack Morgan can be reached at jack@tpr.org and on Twitter at @JackMorganii