|Painting to music
Students paint while string quartet performs selections
by Beethoven, Ravel, Kaufmann
Mary Saslow's ARTS 305 painting studio engaged in an experimental
collaboration of music and art last October when they invited
the Marian Anderson String QuartetEnsemble
in Residence at Texas A&M and Prairie View universitiesto
perform as they painted.
The cavernous studio in Langford B was the site of the venue,
which included selections from Beethoven, Ravel, and Kaufmann.
The artwork created during the performance was later exhibited
at the quartet's Nov. 3, 2003 concert in Rudder Theater on the
Texas A&M campus.
"We were interested in playing while the students drew or
painted whatever came to mind that represented the music that
they heard visually," said Marian Henry, the quartet's first
Once called the Chaminade Quartet fourteen years ago, the Marian
Anderson Quartet has brought inspiration to performance venues
ranging from the concert stage to soup kitchens; from presidential
inaugurals to juvenile correctional facilities. In 1991, the Quartet
won the International Cleveland Quartet Competition, becoming
the first African American ensemble in history to win a classical
music competition. The quartet's mission is to create new and
diverse audiences for the field of chamber music.
The collaboration with the College of Architecture studio was
supported, in part, by A&M's Academy for the Visual and Performing
Arts. Ward Wells, director of the academy, furnished the studio
with fresh canvases
See related story in the Bryan-College Station Eagle: Marian
Anderson String Quartet reaches out to audiences.
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