Last weekend I had a painting in the Philharmonic Orchestra Concert Exhibit. It was a concert at the Victory Theatre called “Art in Music Re-Imagined”. I was lucky enough to also be invited to attend the matinee on Sunday and experience the magic. Magical it was. The Victory Theatre is absolutely beautiful and a perfect backdrop for the exquisite sounds made by the EPO.
Local artists were encouraged to apply and have their art shown on a screen above the orchestra while they played during a portion of the concert. Some paintings were also displayed in the lobby during the event, including mine. I chose to enter my painting of a silver candelabra with lit candles against a dramatic background titled “Seance by Candlelight”. Actually, I had to take it out of a current exhibit at the Alexandrian Public library. I did replace that spot with a new spooky painting I created during a live Facebook post on my Facebook Group Page, Jaime’s Studio Notes. (I’d love to have you join).
A call to local artist’s was made by the EPO to collaborate with them for their performance of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition (movements: Opening Promenade; Gnomus; The Old Castle; Baba Yaga; and The Great Gate of Kiev). There was a theme that the artist’s were to follow of sorts. Some of my artist friends entered their paintings as well.
We were to listen to recordings of these works and create a piece of art that reflects our feelings or thoughts about the music which could be displayed on a screen above the Orchestra during the performance. Well I didn’t exactly follow the directions because of time constraints. But I did listen to the pieces first and honestly, I don’t think I could’ve created a piece more perfect had I tried. I selected my painting “Seance by Candlelight” inspired by the movement The Old Castle (click to hear it and see my painting while the orchestra plays). They were perfect for each other.
The concert began with a work by young American composer T.J. Cole entitled “Death of a Poet.” I’m not ashamed to say it was so moving it brought me to tears. I was a little embarrassed because I really did just cry through the whole thing, but then I realized no one could see me anyway as I had a mask on through the entire event. Isn’t it amazing how music and art can do that to you? Well me at least. I am the overly sensitive type – much to my embarrassment.
In the future, there may be another concert exhibit I’ve heard. They’re trying to collaborate more often with local artists. I certainly hope so, this was such an honor. Plus, I can’t remember the last time I had witnessed such beautiful music played live.
This painting is available as of this writing. I’ll have it available in my shop soon. It’s an acrylic 24″x20″x1.5″ canvas. If you’re interested in this piece before then, feel free to contact me at jaime @jaimehaney.com.
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