Art and Music Converge at RI Youth Orchestra Concert on Jan. 18 — Free for PCS Families!

Paul Cuffee School students and families are invited toballerina-news attend an upcoming Rhode Island Youth Philharmonic Orchestra performance of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. The concert will be held on Sunday, January 18, 3:00–5:00 pm, at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence. The show is free for all PCS students and their families.

The Mussorgsky piece, which has become a classic since it was written 140 years ago, is a suite of 10 movements that the composer wrote with inspiration from paintings by an artist friend. In a unique twist, the January concert will feature art created by PCS students in grades 5–12 as part of the performance.

Alexey Shabalin, conductor and director of the orchestra, earlier invited students to take part in this rare opportunity to combine visual arts with music. The goal is to offer both students and audience members a greater artistic experience by having students produce art that complements the energy and tone of the music. Students’ art will be displayed on a screen while the youth orchestra performs.

Join us on January 18 for this special arts experience!


Photos: Two of the many art pieces created by PCS students in grades 5-12, to be displayed during the upcoming orchestra performance.


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