Music for Barns was an event curated by M.T. Anderson and held in the chapel of College Hall. Tobin (the T in M.T.) crafted a combined concert/reading that centered around Americana and the pastoral, the rural and the rustic. Tobin was joined on stage by Gregory Maguire (author of Wicked!) and The Aurea Ensemble, a string quartet based out of Rhode Island.
Maybe it was just that it was a sleepy Sunday afternoon. Maybe it was just the ambiance of the chapel—the ceiling-tall organ, the greens and creams and unexplained pineapple iconography, the rows and rows of chairs. Maybe it was the combination of music and oratory delivered from something that looked suspiciously like a pulpit. Maybe it was the decidedly older crowd, the occasional, rapturous applause, or Tobin’s only-worn-once-a-year suit that perfectly matched the décor. But, something about the experience reminded me decidedly of church (in the best way). It was almost meditative, it was almost still. It was blustery. It was the perfect thing for an autumnal day in late October.