Museum artwork routinely engages our senses—sight and touch, for example—and inspires the soul and imagination. But what about the ears? Can art become music?
Those are questions Tim Brumfield, our director of music ministry, and the Schola Singers of St. Gregory’s pondered over the last few months about the exhibit “History Becomes Memory,” currently showing at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. The museum asked Tim to develop a performance that tells the story of the exhibit musically as part of its Music in the Museum series.

“History Becomes Memory” addresses the intolerance that leads to murder, genocide, and war. Several of the works were inspired by events beginning with the 15th century expulsion of Jews from Spain and concluding with the founding of modern Israel. The pieces powerfully examine ideas of bigotry, fear, resilience, and homeland.
Setting these emotionally difficult works to music was no easy task. Inspired by the exhibition as well as poems connected to it, Tim has put together a program that is at once beautiful and resonant. He has reinforced and reimagined the themes of “History Becomes Memory” in a stirring performance that includes the Schola Singers, the St. Gregory’s Flute Consort, and written selections read by Peter Hawkins.

The performance is this Sunday, October 4 at 3 p.m. at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. It’s free with museum admission. This is a truly unique program that you will find nowhere else. For more information, contact the Boca Raton Museum of Art at 561.392.2500 or visit www.bocamuseum.org.