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Music Institute of Chicago MELODIES ON CANVAS

When:

January 20 at 1:30 p.m

Where:

Evanston Art Center, 1717 Central Street, Evanston

Students from the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy, a training center for gifted pre-college musicians, are collaborating with the Evanston Art Center (EAC), 1717 Central Street, to perform the first collaboration of a new project, “Melodies on Canvas,” aiming to bring together the music and visual arts genres.

Academy cellist Cameron Chiu introduced this idea to his Academy colleagues and instructors after participating in the Center Stage for Strings summer camp at the University of Michigan. “Students enrolled in the program performed chamber music in front of paintings they selected from the museum. That day, I listened to five completely new pieces. The simple pairing of imagery and sound didn’t just enhance each of the two elements but provided a different experience altogether. I hope that this and other events under the ‘Melodies on Canvas’ banner show my appreciation for art’s impact, while allowing students, adults, musicians, and artists to learn something new about the world.”

Each Academy string quartet will perform in the EAC First Floor Gallery in front of the artwork that inspired the music piece. The program, which features three Academy string quartets, includes the following:

Music Institute of Chicago MELODIES ON CANVAS
Music Institute of Chicago MELODIES ON CANVAS
Xena String Quartet: Claire Arias Kim, violin; Noelle Naito, violin; Camille Toubol, cello; and Isabel Chen, viola Photo courtesy Music Institute of Chicago

Music: String Quartet #5, H. 268, Allegro vivo by Bohuslav Martinů
Musicians: Xena String Quartet: Noelle Naito, violin; Claire Arias-Kim, violin; Isabel Chen, viola;
Camille Toubol, cello
Artwork: Flight by Elizabeth O’Connor-Bolich

Music Institute of Chicago MELODIES ON CANVAS
Nova String Quartet (L to R): Zechary Mo, viola; Irina Casasnova,s violin; Cameron Chiu, cello; John Heo, violin Photo courtesy Music Institute of Chicago
Music Institute of Chicago MELODIES ON CANVAS

Music: String Quartet in E minor, Allegro by Giuseppe Verdi
Musicians: Nova String Quartet: John Heo, violin; Irina Casasnovas, violin; Zechary Mo, viola;
Cameron Chiu, cello
Artwork: Lake Michigan Sunset by Leah Durst

Music Institute of Chicago MELODIES ON CANVAS
Music Institute of Chicago MELODIES ON CANVAS
Fiero String Quartet: (top, L to R) Isabella Brown, violin; Elena Galentas, viola; (bottom, L to R) Kaylin Liu, violin; Alon Hayut, cello Photo courtesy Music Institute of Chicago
Music Institute of Chicago MELODIES ON CANVAS

Music: String Quartet in F Major, Opus 50, #5, Finale: Vivace by Joseph Haydn
Musicians: Fiero String Quartet: Kaylin Liu, violin; Isabella Brown, violin; Elena Galentas, viola;
Alon Hayut, cello
Artwork (L): Good Ol' Charlie Brown by Reece Pekin (Music Institute oboe student)

Music: String Quartet #1 in G minor, Opus 27, Un Poco Andante—Allegro molto ed agitato
by Edvard Grieg
Musicians: Fiero String Quartet: Kaylin Liu, violin; Isabella Brown, violin; Elena Galentas, viola;
Alon Hayut, cello
Artwork (R): Cataclysm by Anne Kauff

 

Photos courtesy of Music Institute of Chicago

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