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Firestone art students inspired by music

Firestone art students inspired by music
Aug 28, 2018

The YouTube video How Joyce Yang See Music reveals how the internationally acclaimed pianist uses visual imagery — dots, zig-zag lines and colors — to memorize and shape the music she performs.

Inspired by that video, students from Firestone High School in Akron began last spring to create the artwork that will hang at EJ Thomas Hall for Tuesday Musical's Sept. 11 concert by Ms. Yang.

Guided by art teacher Patrick Dougherty, Firestone students Sandra Diego, Maria Manuel, Camille Harper and others researched, planned and painted the four large panels. Support for the project also came from two Akron businesses: January Paint & Wallpaper, which supplied the paint, and Tomorrow's Treasures, which framed the panels.

A highlight of the project will happen during concert week when Yang visits Firestone to present an in-school concert and Q-and-A.

This season’s intersection of visual art and music continues a multi-year collaboration begun by Dr. Patricia Sargent, a past president of Tuesday Musical and a former arts coordinator for the Akron Public Schools. The collaboration has led to an exciting collection of student artworks inspired by Tuesday Musical’s visiting musicians, including some who visited Firestone High School to work directly with the young artists. For example:

  • Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project inspired a bas-relief sculpture that illustrated the trade path of indigo dye and ceramics across the Middle East.
  • Vasily Kandinsky and So Percussion inspired an interactive “found-sound” triptych.
  • M.C. Escher and the Escher String Quartet inspired a four-panel painting.

Coincidently, another past project has links to Tuesday Musical’s current season. In 2014, students painted three murals showcasing great artists from our area, including tenor Lawrence Brownlee and poet Rita Dove.

Brownlee is a Youngstown native who is returning for the MainStage season Feb. 12. Dove is an Akron native and friend of pianist Lara Downes, who is commemorating the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein with a Fuze series concert on April 18.