In what can only be described as a perfect convergence of art and exercise, 10 chamber music ensembles from the UA Fred Fox School of Music will serenade hundreds of Meet Me At Maynards walkers following a path along a series of downtown murals.
“Musical Murals” is the latest in the University of Arizona music school’s efforts to take its act into the community.
“Art is for everyone, and if you can bring it to people where they are, they get to experience it,” said Elizabeth Schauer, director of choral activities who came up with the idea to team up with Meet Me At Maynards on Monday, Nov. 8.
Schauer tapped her University of Arizona colleague Marissa Olegario, who teaches bassoon and regularly participates in the weekly Meet Me At Maynards events. Schauer said Olegario did the heavy lifting, mapping out the route and picking the murals where the student musicians will set up to perform.
“She’s really creative and energetic and smart and she has an interest in the arts and health,” Schauer said of Olegario, who she said was also deeply connected to the school’s chamber music community.
The 10 ensembles — 7Reed5 Reed Quintet, Beat-Cats! from the UA Percussion Studio, Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet, Creosote Saxophone Quartet, Q’iru Clarinet and Guitar Duo, Arizona and Symphonic Choir members, Fred Fox Graduate String Quartet, Fred Fox Brass Ensemble, UA Double Reed Ensemble and the Fred Fox Jazz Ensemble — will perform about 10 minutes apiece along the route, which Schauer said will give participants a chance “to experience our art.”