Music, art, nature and social amity harmonized at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum. The occasion? The first installment of the Classical Garden, a collaboration between the venue near Barton Springs devoted to the legacy of sculptor Charles Umlauf and the folks at the Austin Symphony Orchestra.
First, we took in one of the most instructive exhibits ever seen at the museum. It offered a crowded timeline of Umlauf’s life and career, video interpretations of his artistic method and, most importantly, a version of his sculpture studio that still stands on the hill that overlooks the garden. Pretty darn amazing.
Then we mingled with friends old and new, including orchestra maestro Peter Bay and his wife, singer and radio host Mela Sarajane Dailey, symphony backer Jane Sibley and Umlauf dynamo Nina Seely, another somebody who gets things done.
A quartet of musicians from the orchestra played Beethoven, but, sadly, insistent conversation dampened the treat. It was easier to hear the big band that followed. Guests happily dance when they were not nibbling on the appetizers and sipping cooled glasses of wine.
A tradition is born?