Kenneth Be to give recital, lecture at Sheldon


The sounds of the Renaissance will fill the Sheldon Museum of Art on Aug. 3 when lutenist and speaker Kenneth Be will give a recital and talk in conjunction with the exhibit "Voyage to Italia: Americans in Italy in the 19th Century."

Be has been performing lute music since 1974, has studied under notable lute players including Paul O'Dette and Nigel North, participated as a musician in the Boston Early Music Festival and has performed frequently in duet recitals with lutenist Ronn McFarlane. He has a deep interest in the role of music and the visual arts in past culture.

He studied art history and geology at Yale as an undergraduate, geology in graduate studies at the State University of New York at Albany and then art conservation and art history at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. Originally from the Hudson River valley region just north of New York City, Be was a conservator for the Cleveland Museum of Art's painting collection from 1987 until moving to Nebraska in 2008.

In Omaha, he works as a paintings conservator at the Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center through a partnership between the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation and the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he is a staff member of the Art and Art History Department.

The lecture and performance will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Sheldon's Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

The Sheldon Museum of Art houses a permanent collection of more than 12,000 objects, primarily focusing on American art. Located at 12th and R streets on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln City Campus, it is open free to the public during regular hours: Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; closed Mondays. For information or to arrange a tour, call (402) 472-4524. For more information, visit

-- Sarah Baker-Hansen, Sheldon Museum of Art

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