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Moon Songs: Black Moon Trio

Portrait of three musicians

In recognition of sculptor Ruth Duckworth’s reverence for the natural world, Black Moon Trio, in collaboration with New York Times Best-Selling author and Chicago poet Michael Tyler, present their performance program, Sow the Seeds.

This concert experience actively addresses subjects of wellness and community through music, poetry, and nature guided by selections from Tyler’s Sow the Seeds: A Composition in Verse. Each poem plows the surface of daily living, to plant and nurture the meditations that yield our understanding of life and features musical works inspired by local green spaces. Throughout the performance, audiences are encouraged to converse, journal, and reflect on the ways they treat their neighbors and themselves.

FREE, but space is limited. Please register in advance.

Moon Songs Series

Inspired by an anecdote about Ruth Duckworth and a friend climbing to the roof of her studio in a former pickle factory to sing a song to the full moon, the Smart Museum of Art has invited Chicago-based musicians and poets to reflect on the interconnectivity of life through performances around the time of the full moon.

Black Moon Trio – Sow the Seeds
Friday, September 29, 6 pm

The Study at University of Chicago

Angel Bat Dawid – A Geomorphological Afro-Sonic Score of the Works of Ruth Duckworth
Saturday, October 28, 6 pm

Smart Museum of Art

Kevin Coval – The natural world: Reflections on Halsted
Sunday, November 26, 3 pm

Smart Museum of Art

About Black Moon Trio

The Chicago-based Black Moon Trio was founded in 2022 by Parker Nelson, Jeremy Vigil, and Khelsey Zarraga. Harnessing the experience from years of professional chamber music performance, music-making in social service settings, facilitating workshops at universities, developing curriculum for youth in schools, and leading community development through music, Black Moon Trio is excited to provide a classical music experience that resonates far beyond the vibrations of a final chord. By engaging with diverse audiences, youth, and artists of every type, Black Moon Trio works to prove that classical music is for everyone.

About the Study

The Study at University of Chicago, the third property of Study Hotels, is a tranquil space bordered by the greenery of the Midway Plaisance where distinguished university guests, alumni, and families can immerse themselves in the rich culture of the area. With stunning views of the campus, Lake Michigan, and Downtown Chicago, The Study is an exceptional choice for those looking to experience University of Chicago and all that Hyde Park has to offer. Learn more »

Black Moon Trio photo by SnoStudios Photography.