Musicians Paint the Music Room with Sound: Vocal Colors Part II

Lee Gatch, City at Evening, 1933. Oil on canvas, 18 x 25 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. Acquired in 1943.

Talented vocalists and other musicians from Wolf Trap return to The Phillips Collection this Thursday at 6:30 pm for the second concert in the Vocal Colors: A Musical Exploration of Visual Art series. Pianist Stephanie Rhodes guest blogs about her experience interpreting artwork through music.

I see in black and white, but I hear color.  As a pianist, I have 88 keys and printed black notation staring off a glaring white page. My job (how did I get so lucky?) is to take that straightforward world and transform it into a colorful realm of sound, all with the aim of sweeping up the listener in the process of creation, typically with the help of a talented singer.

Here’s the thing:  aural orientation doesn’t really lend itself to visual art. I’ve spent time in some of the greatest art museums in the world, with an audio tour guide in tow and a strong desire to experience the masterpieces before me.  Often though, the type of connection and impression I so value in my musical being eludes me.

Preparing our Vocal Colors recital for The Phillips Collection, that has not been the case. Continue reading “Musicians Paint the Music Room with Sound: Vocal Colors Part II” »