Lakeland Symphony members bring soundtracks to art


LAKELAND, Florida – An exhibition at the Polk Museum of Art gives the Lakeland Symphony Orchestra the opportunity to create a soundtrack for art.


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  • “Pictures at an Exhibition” combines art with classics
  • Lakeland Symphony musicians chose art to match the classics
  • The exhibition is at the Polk Museum of Art until 2021
  • Featured artists include Dali and Rauschenberg

And some arts seem made for it – a second-line parade in New Orleans, children dancing in a circle, and a cello in a tub.

“There is a spectacular connection between art and music,” said Amy Wiggins, executive director of the Lakeland Symphony Orchestra.

In a spirit of collaboration, the musicians of the orchestra toured the collection museum of the Polk Museum of Art and chose a work of art to pair with a piece of classical music.

The resulting exhibition is called “Images of an Exhibition”.

Look for Salvador Dali’s piece titled “Untitled”.

Salvador Dali’s “Untitled” is paired with “Symphonie Fantastique”, op. 14 IV. March to Hector Berlioz’s scaffold in an exhibition at the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland. (Spectrum News / Virginia Johnson fine art photo at the Polk Museum of Art)

Robert Rauschenberg’s “Tibetan Garden Song”, a cello in a washhouse, goes with Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3.

And Cappricio, a bronze dance sculpture, obtains Mozart’s Serenade No.9 in D major.

“We want people to feel a connection to the musicians and their love for this community,” said Wiggins, “and their desire to share something about themselves by selecting this work.”

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