The Orchestra On The Hill, in cooperation with other local visual artists, animators, composers, dancers and poets, produced a collaborative concert at the Ipswich Performing Arts Center called “Images I6”. The purpose was to explore the similarities in the personal creative process within each of the participating artists which strengthened their artistic relationship -- and contributed positively to the cultural health of the community. The performance provided a multifaceted experience for the audience and a new appreciation and understanding of our rich artistic culture was realized. We're very proud of the educational component involving student poets and animators.
“Images I6” involved a cooperative effort among the varied artists involved. Composer Robert Bradshaw, from Gloucester, wrote a musical composition inspired by visual artist John Stobart who paints historical maritime and other New England scenes. Stobart’s painting was given to poetry students at Salem State University. There was a contest for the students to produce a poem which was then used during the musical performance of Bradshaw’s work. Composer G. Paul Naeger derived his musical inspiration from a poem by Aline Blanchard, an Ipswich resident. Composer Chris Florio, also from Ipswich, wrote a musical score that was given to his animation students in Boston. They then created an animated interpretation of Florio’s work. Local photographer Stoney Stone derived a series of works inspired from a newly written musical composition by New England composer, Kay Barney. Dancer Anna Lisa Ledson, from Ipswich and now working in New York City, choreographed a dance inspired by Suite for Trumpet and Orchestra written by TOOTH Musical Director, Thomas Palance, was then orchestrated by Gerry Ascione. Palance, the visionary for this project, gave two of his musical compositions to Ledson so that she could create a dance interpretation. Ledson, sent a new dance to Palance and he composed a new piece connecting the others inspired by the dance.
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