In Taiwan-born, New York-based artist Lee Mingwei’s participatory installation Sonic Blossom, classically trained opera singers periodically choose museum visitors and approach them with a simple question: “May I give you a gift of song?” Should they accept, the singer will lead the participant to a chair and serenade them with one of Franz Schubert’s Lieder.
Lee Mingwei devised Sonic Blossom while caring for his mother as she was recuperating from surgery. As classical music enthusiasts, the pair found solace in listening to Schubert’s Lieder, a set of arrangements for piano and voice.
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