Harmony in the Arts
Reception - May 1st from 6 to 9 pm.
Oil paintings by visual artist Liz Gill Neilson and artwork by narrator David Robinson will be featured at the Broderick Gallery, 814 SW 1st Avenue during May in anticipation of the Portland Chamber Orchestras performance of The Creatures of Prometheus. Keith Scales, artistic director of the Classic Greek Theatre of Oregon, will join the artists to embellish details about the myth of Prometheus on May 22 at the Broderick Gallery. Detailed close-ups of Neilsons paintings will be projected above the orchestra during the May 24th concert to highlight the original interpretation of Prometheus by Seattle-based David Robinson.
Neilson will be present at First Thursday to talk about her work.
A second Gallery Walk-Through at Broderick Gallery is scheduled on Thursday, May 22nd from 7 pm to 9 pm. Yaacov Bergman, conductor of Portland Chamber Orchestra, will join Keith Scales, artistic director of the Classic Greek Theatre of Oregon to discuss Beethovens music and the Prometheus myth. Artists Neilson and Robinson will explain the narrative imagery in their oil paintings. Detailed close-ups of Neilsons paintings will be projected above the orchestra during the May 24th concert to highlight the original interpretation of Prometheus by Seattle-based David Robinson.
PORTLAND CHAMBER ORCHESTRA TO PREMIERE NEW MULTI-MEDIA INTERPRETATION OF BEETHOVENS THE CREATURES OF PROMETHEUS
Concert Saturday, May 24th, 2008 7:30 p.m. at Kaul Auditorium, Reed College
Pre-Concert Lecture at 6:30 p.m.
Free Dress Rehearsal for children and families at 10:00 a.m.
Free concert related activities for children prior to dress rehearsal at 9:30 a.m.
The Portland Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Yaacov Bergman, will present an innovative multi-media version of Beethovens early masterpiece The Creatures of Prometheus which premiered as a ballet in 1801.
The concert entitled BEETHOVEN UNDERGROUND features an original narration by Seattle author/storyteller David Robinson with digital projections of oil paintings by New York visual artist Liz Gill Neilson.
The original scenario of Beethovens ballet is lost. However a broad outline of the story survives in the form of a theatre bill from the first performance. Inspiration for the imaginative story and paintings was derived from the outline left by Beethoven for the ballet. According to Greek mythology, Prometheus is the Titan who brought fire, reason, and enlightenment to human kind. Prometheus, the great provider, helped humans transcend their animal nature, giving them consciousness of self, customs, ritual, and an appreciation of beauty.
While Beethovens rhythmically vivacious score awaits a creative modern choreographer to reconstruct the original ballet, the Portland Chamber Orchestra, in collaboration with storyteller David Robinson and artist Liz Gill Neilson, revives Beethovens original score in a tapestry of music, narration, and visual imagery.
The program brings to life universal themes explored by Beethoven and many great masters across all ages and cultures through the story of Prometheus and his gifts to humanity, a multi-media performance in music, story, and art.
PRE-CONCERT LECTURE AND CONCERT DETAILS
Before the evenings performance on May 24th is a pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m. called Recreating Prometheus presented by panelists David Robinson, Liz Gill Neilson, Keith Scales, and Yaacov Bergman. Scales, an expert in Greek mythology, will shed light on the mythical character Prometheus, while artists Neilson and Robinson will discuss their interpretation (a prequel) of the myth. Bergman will comment on the movements in the ballet score by Beethoven.
The Concert begins at 7:30 pm on Saturday, May 24th, 2008 in the Kaul Auditorium at Reed College located at 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, Oregon 97202. Parking and handicap accessibility is at 28th and Botsford Drive.
Tickets for the Concert are on sale now for $25. For students, seniors and Portland Chamber Orchestra Association members, tickets are $20. To purchase tickets, call 503-771-3250 or order on-line at www.portlandchamberorchestra.org.
FREE DRESS REHEARSAL AND CHILDRENS ACTIVITIES
There is a free dress rehearsal on Saturday, May 24th at 10:00 a.m. open to children and their families. Bring children earlier at 9:30 a.m. for concert related activities. Portland Chamber Orchestra provides free dress rehearsals to make live performances accessible to children of all ages and economic situations. Led by Portland Chamber Orchestra Conductor and Music Director Yaacov Bergman, the dress rehearsal provides a welcoming environment for children to be themselves while enjoying the magic of sound and sight through music, storytelling, and visual imagery.
For more information, visit www.portlandchamberorchestra.org
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