Pacific Symphony Holds Music-Inspired Art Competiton

Inspired by the possibility of receiving a Musician Innovation Grant, which funds creative projects byPacific Symphony musicians, harpist Michelle Templeproposed an idea that in turn would inspire others. Temple's source of inspiration is not surprising-music-yet her project took root from the famous Southwestern artist Georgia O'Keeffe's idea that "music could be translated into something for the eye."

The result is themusic-inspired art competition, "Art2Art: Celebrating Inspiration," which invites local college students to listen to the musical piece, "Aria" for alto flute and harp by James Hopkins (performed by Temple and Symphony flutist Cynthia Ellis)-allowing it to fire imaginations and unleash creative vision through painting or drawing.

Designed for students from Southern California colleges, "Art2Art" seeks new 2D artworks using any painting or drawing media to be submitted from Sept. 26 through Oct. 30. Finalists will be judged on their work's quality and interpretation of the musical inspiration, with a collective vote taken from the online community. Open Oct. 31 through Nov. 10, online voting along with jurors Dr. Malcolm Warner, Marinta Skupin and composer Hopkins, will determine up to six finaliststo participate in the multimedia event taking place at Laguna Art Museum on Sunday, Nov. 27, at 2 p.m. The finalists' works will be on display during a live musical performance, when the audience will select the winner of the $500 prize. For more information and rules on submitting artwork, visit www.PacificSymphony/Art2ArtCompetition.

Art forms beyond music and visual art will also be explored during the event, including poetry and dance. FeaturingSymphony musicians-Ellis, flute; Temple, harp; Agnes Gottschewski, violin I; Christine Frank, violin II; Pamela Jacobson, viola; and Robert Vos, cello-the program includes Jules Mouquet's "La Flute de Pan, Op. 15"; "On Hearing a Symphony of Beethoven," poetry by Edna St. Vincent Millay; Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, movements three and four, with choreography by Naugle; and Hopkins' "Aria & Villancico," "Cloud Shadows" and "Images Sonnates."Audience members are invited to stay for a post-concert Q&A discussing artistic inspiration with Hopkins, Naugle, the museum's Executive Director Malcolm Warner and the art competition winner. The event is free with museum admission.For more information visit

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