On June 1, a new exhibit comes to Fort Lauderdale’s Stonewall National Museum and Archives. The Secret Symphony: Gay Composers of Classical Music asks if a composer’s sexual orientation has an influence on his or her creative expression. Profiled composers include West Side Story composer Leonard Bernstein, The Nutcracker composer Pyotr Tchaikocsky, Pulitzer Prize winner Aaron Copland, and 12th century abbess, composer, and mystic Hildegard von Bigen.
Wine and Cheese on June 7
The opening cheese and wine reception for The Secret Symphony will be on Thursday, June 7th at Stonewall National Museum and Archives in downtown Fort Lauderdale from 6-8 pm. This event is free and open to the public.
Classical South Florida
This exhibition is a joint project between Stonewall National Museum and Archives and Classical South Florida, a nonprofit radio station dedicated to bringing the best of classical music to South Florida listeners. Classical South Florida began in 2007 and for the last five years it has maintained a full-time schedule on the FM dial, often broadcasting renowned classical music programs such as The Metropolitan Opera, Classical Live, and Performance Today. To listen to Classical South Florida from Miami or Fort Lauderdale, tune in to WKCP 89.7. Treasure Coast or Palm Beach listeners can listen to WPBI 90.7.
Stonewall National Museum and Archives
Stonewall National Museum and Archives is home to the rich culture of the lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and gay community. Stonewall’s circulating book and film collection holds over 21,000 items. The archive contains over 7,000 cultural and historical artifacts, including the gavel used to end Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Martina Navratilova’s signed tennis racket, and countless other historic examples of national and local LGBT culture.
If You Go
The opening reception on June 7 is free, as is admission to The Secret Symphony exhibition which runs from June 1 to June 30. Stonewall National Museum and Archives is located at 1300 East Sunrise Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. For more information about Stonewall National Museum and Archives, please go here or call 954-763-8565. For more information about Classical South Florida, please visit their webpage.