Vancouver Island Symphony will present music alongside visual art – Nanaimo News Bulletin


Island artists and the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra promise a “one-of-a-kind immersive experience” with an upcoming presentation of Pictures to one Exposure.

Pictures at an exhibition is a suite of 10 pieces composed for piano by Modest Mussorgsky in 1874 which were inspired by the works of his late artist friend Viktor Hartmann, and written after Mussorgsky visited Hartmann’s posthumous exhibition, from which he composed a piece of music for each piece of art.

Canadian composer Jason Nett has arranged Mussorgsky’s suite for the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra’s Pictures Project, which will be presented at the Port Theater on April 23-24. The show includes live theatrical performances and an exhibition of 10 works by island artists, including Nanaimo’s Gerda Hofman, who was shortlisted in the concert’s grand prize of image for her acrylic on canvas work, ” The Kyiv Roundabout”.

The work is on display at the Modern Café in downtown Nanaimo until April 21 before being moved to the Port Theater.

The VIS Pictures project will further develop Pictures at an exhibition in a traveling educational show for 4th graders across the island this fall and spring of 2023 with a modified performance that will give students more time to get to know the music and the instruments and musicians who perform it a bit better.

WHAT’S THIS… Pictures at an exhibition takes place at the Théâtre du Port on Saturday April 23 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and April 24 at 2 p.m. For tickets and to learn more, visit
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