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Spilling Over: Music Inspired by the Art of Bob Thompson

A painted family portrait of a Black man in a suit, a white woman wearing glasses, and the abstracted figures of two children

In celebration of Black History Month, Black Moon Trio presents Spilling Over: Music Inspired by the Art of Bob Thompson.

This classical music performance and interdisciplinary experience highlights inspirations of Bob Thompson’s own work, including musical representations of other visual artists such as Francisco de Goya, music influenced by New York City Jazz clubs, and works by other artists.

FREE. Advanced registration encouraged, as space may be limited. 

Co-sponsored by the Logan Center for the Arts and Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, with support from the Music Performance Trust Fund.


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.

Image: Bob Thompson, LeRoi Jones and his Family, 1964. Oil on canvas. 36 3/8 × 48 1/2 in. (92.4 × 123.2 cm). Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966. © Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York. Photo: Cathy Carver. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.