The Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra is calling on Island artists to help put together an art exhibit inspired by a piece of classical music inspired by an art exhibit.
In April, the VIS performs Pictures of an exhibition by 19th-century Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky. It is a suite of 10 pieces inspired by an exhibition of paintings by a friend of the composer. Along with the performance, the VIS also presents a documentary, an educational series and an art exhibition, all under the name Pictures Project.
Vancouver Island artists have until January 16 to listen to recordings of Pictures of an exhibition and submit two-dimensional works inspired by the 10 movements. A panel of jurors will select the 10 works that they believe best represent the pieces that will be on display throughout April and presented during the concert. The preferred artist of the jury wins a prize of $ 1,000 and the other nine finalists receive $ 300 each.
VIS Development Officer Rebecca Woytiuk oversees the call for applications. She said what sets VIS apart is that many of its members live outside of Nanaimo and have to travel to the island or across the island every month to perform. So she suggested that the landscape could also be a source of inspiration.
“If you’re an artist from Vancouver Island, maybe you look out the window every day and you’re like, ‘This is an inspiring subject,’” she said. “So when you listen to music, when you look out the window, enjoy the weather, whatever it is, how does life on Vancouver Island influence the art you create?” “
Woytiuk said she hopes the Pictures Project will introduce people to symphonic music and help them develop an appreciation for it through repeated listening. She said people listen to songs they recognize because “they’re layered and complex and you don’t get all the fun out of them the first time you listen to them.”
“If you sit there and listen to something over and over again, then you start to hear the instrumentation, you start to hear the nuances, you start to hear the complexity of this music,” Woytiuk said. “And if you just sit there studying it for inspiration, then every time you listen to it you get a deeper experience of this music.”
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