Ithaca High School Orchestra Performs with Cornell Chamber Orchestra in Unique Collaborative Concert Featuring Multimedia Artwork by IHS Art Students
On Sunday, March 19, the Cornell Chamber Orchestra and Ithaca High School (IHS) Orchestra performed together in an exploration of the intersection of art and music. The backdrop for this concert featured multimedia artwork inspired by the music and created by the IHS Art Department.
ABOUT THE ART
Reflection by Jesse Wright
Sunday’s concert was an amazing opportunity to celebrate collaboration and community through art and music in Cornell’s prestigious Bailey Hall. The IHS Art Department was grateful to receive the invitation from Kirsten Marshall to contribute visuals. Selections came from all of the IHS art courses featuring digital photography, paintings, drawings, sculptures, digital art, collages, and ceramics. Also featured was a timelapse video of a mural highlighting the refugee crisis in Ukraine that was created by studio art classes and the Art Club set to Grieg’s “Last Spring.” Special thanks and credit goes to Mr. Shyne and Mr. Innes’s English digital media (EDM) students and volunteers from studio art for preparing the many videos!
ABOUT THE MUSIC
Reflection by Jonathan Fleischman
The music chosen for Sunday’s concert revolved around Scandinavia; all of the composers represented the region while still giving a good mix of pieces. The IHS Chamber Orchestra started with two movements of Nordgren’s “Portraits of Country Fiddlers,” featuring stellar solos by Lyndon Hess, Anna Cummings, and Tania Hao. After the serenade by Dag Wiren, played wonderfully by the Cornell Chamber Orchestra, we joined forces to present the Grieg and Nielsen. Our students reached new levels of emotion and power in the Grieg, and the Nielsen is a force to be reckoned with. Thank you to all of our students for your hard work and practice, and thank you to Kirsten Marshall and Cornell for hosting!
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"Last Spring" Time-Lapse
In response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and in compassion for its people, Ithaca High School Art Club and Studio Arts Classes were moved to create an ever-changing mural. This time-lapse video documents the process of making that work of art as students stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian community while raising awareness about the situation. The mural features two refugees and several flowers and iconography related to Ukraine set to Grieg's "Last Spring"