Our mind is an abyss which delights in depths profound…
We love mystery, under whatever form it comes
— Honoré de Balzac
HEARING COLORS SEEING SOUND VAN GOGH’S VIBRANT PALETTE
Van Gogh’s Ear – Seminar Series – HEARING COLORS SEEING SOUND VAN GOGH’S VIBRANT PALETTE
Van Gogh’s synesthetic perception had a major impact on his art, and music figured prominently in his aesthetic outlook. He once compared the movement of his brush on the canvas to that of the bow on a violin string. This seminar will examine Van Gogh’s responses to music and other aural stimuli, his multi-sensorial hallucinations, his evolving perception of color, and the drama that attended his last years of intense and tormented creativity. Members of the Ensemble for the Romantic Century will discuss the approaches to staging the theatrical concert Van Gogh’s Ear, written by ERC Founder and Executive Artistic Director Eve Wolf, which opens in early August at the Signature Theatre. Portions of the documentary The Making of “Van Gogh’s Ear”, by ERC Co-Artistic Director Max Barros, which presents a behind-the-scenes look at ERC’s theatrical concerts, will be screened.
James Melo, ERC Musicologist and Senior Editor at RILM
Donald T. Sanders, ERC Director of Theatrical Productions
Vanessa James, ERC Costume and Set Designer
Monday July 24th, 2017 at 5:30 pm
At The CUNY Graduate Center 365 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10016
Sponsored by the Barry Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation.MORE INFORMATION
With each concert production ERC hosts a seminar. This series of seminars at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), in partnership with the Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation, fulfills one of the founding principles of ERC: merging performance and musicological research in order to enrich the musical experience of the listener through a variety of interdisciplinary discussions. Each seminar centers on a discussion of music in relation to an extra-musical context (literature, philosophy, visual arts, cinema, and others) that is pertinent to the parallel ERC theatrical concert. Scholars from a wide range of disciplines are invited to participate in the seminars, offering the audience an opportunity to engage in intriguing, illuminating, and aesthetically revealing perspectives about the subject matter.
The seminars are free to the public and are held one to two weeks before the concerts.