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What Does Music Look Like?

“Spring Secrets” by Jillian Hoffman, 10th Grade, Spartanburg High School
100 years ago, the Russian composer Stravinsky wrote The Rite of Spring concert and ever since the music has created images in the mind’s eye. On May 4, the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Sarah Ioannides will perform The Rite of Spring at Converse College. In preparation of that concert, Spartanburg students have been listening to and studying the music. Their task: Create visual art that represents the music. The Chapman Cultural Center is proud to host the exhibit of student artwork that gives visual color and form to the music that caused a near riot in Paris when it was first performed.The public is invited to view this exhibit…

April 18-May 4. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sunday, 1-5 p.m. No admission fee.

Special Invitation…
Free Public Reception… Tuesday, April 23, 6 p.m.

Spartanburg Philharmonic To Celebrate 100 Years of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring with Concert and Art

Press Release – Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra

It’s hard not to see images in your mind’s eye when you hear Igor Stravinsky’s famous Rite of Spring symphony. If nothing else, you remember seeing Disney’s 1940 cartoon movie Fantasia that used the score to depict the dramatic creation of the universe and prehistoric Earth.

In celebration of TheRite of Spring’s 100 birthday, the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Music Director, Sarah Ioannides, will perform this passionate and “avant-garde” work Saturday, May 4, at 7 p.m. in Twichell Auditorium at Converse College. In addition to hearing this emotionally stirring concert, patrons will also get a glimpse into the mind of students who will exhibit their visualization of the music in an art exhibit.

“This concert will touch people on many different levels,” conductor, Sarah Ioannides said. “we will take it a much bigger step further in presenting it to the community. We will show people what this music might actually look like to from the young artists perspective.”

For the past several weeks, high school students in Spartanburg School Districts 1, 2 and 7 have been asked to listen to the recorded symphony and to create visual art—paintings, drawings, sculptures—that reflects the music. This exhibit will be shown in part on the night of the concert. It will be shown in its entirety at Chapman Cultural Center starting April 18.

Art in Progress from Spartanburgs School Districts

The accompanying art exhibit is being created by students in grades 9 through 12, involves six schools, and both music and art teachers. More than 300 pieces of artwork are anticipated being produced. From that large pool of contributors, four local judges—Kathy Zimmerli Wofford, Arts Teacher for the Chapman Cultural Center; Sarah Ioannides, Project Director for the Rite of Spring Schools Arts Project; Richard Higgs, Dean of Arts at Converse College; and Tom Rickis, incoming president for the Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg—will select the final exhibitors.

To give all the students who participated the opportunity to have their work shown, a comprehensive slide show is being created and shown at the Chapman exhibit, during the concert, and at other related events, such as Spartanburg High School’s Spring Concert on April 11.

View photographs of more art from Spartanburgs School Districts

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