Artist Amelia Kaiser To Join BSO For Live Painting Of 'Scherezade'

Maestro Mario Alejandro Torres leads the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra in a concert that is sure to rouse the imagination. Rachmaninoff's beautiful and lovely Vocalise sets the initial tone for the concert. Then, the acclaimed soprano Cyndia Sieden will delight audience members with Strauss' Four Songs, Op. 27 - songs that were written as a wedding gift for his beloved bride, soprano Pauline de Ahna. In closing, we'll immerse ourselves in the extraordinary tales of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade with artist Amelia Kaiser.

Amelia Kaiser will paint live alongside the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra during Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, on February 16 and 17 at Bainbridge Performing Arts. Thrilled to work for an audience with such a deep appreciation for the arts, Amelia says that each live-painting event poses a unique challenge, and that - at 50 minutes - this performance of Scheherazade marks the shortest time frame she's undertaken to date.

Amelia looks forward to bringing a visual representation of this beloved tale to life, in concert with BSO's beautiful musical rendition. She'll work with acrylic paint on birch wood panels, lending a natural texture to the painting that will suit the subject - a rendezvous in a sultan's palace chamber, overlooking the sea. She says, "My intent is to paint a diptych, completing one panel per performance - the first featuring Scheherazade and the second the Sultan, enchanted by her storytelling. My strokes will be quick and gestural, with strong colors and bold contrast to allow the audience to easily see my progress as I work." The finished works will be available to purchase.

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra presents MUSES on February 16 and 17, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. A pre-concert chat is offered on Sunday, February 17 at 2:15 p.m. Tickets, $21 for adults, and $18 for seniors, students, military, and teachers, may be purchased online at, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. Each youth receives free admission when accompanied by a paying adult thanks to the BSO's "Youth in Music Initiative" funded by Wicklund Dental. BPA Box Office hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

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