October 21, 2020
Visual Artist Jimmy Longoria
We are pleased to share this first entry in a series of blog posts in which local artists explore the connections between music and other art forms. Our inaugural installment features visual artist Jimmy Longoria, who has been celebrated for his unique painting style and a long list of cultural achievements including the development of his youth outreach organization, Mentoring Peace Through Art.
Minnesota Orchestra audiences may recognize his work from Sommerfest 2019, Música Juntos, when he ran activities with Mentoring Peace Through Art during family-friendly events and had several pieces displayed in the Orchestra Hall lobby throughout the summer. Learn more about Longoria and his work here.
In this blog post, Longoria has depicted the underlying themes and emotional journeys of the October 23rd repertoire through a selection of his own paintings.
Jennifer Higdon: Amazing Grace for String Quartet
The images begin dark, in the comprehension of the sinfulness of the theme. And gradually, the image changes into brighter, warmer combinations of color that denote the awareness and acceptance of one’s guilt and sinfulness.
The next image opens to the realization of redemption, closing with a static image of celebration and jubilation over the rebirth of the soul through confession.
Beethoven: String Quartet in C minor, Opus 18, No. 4
The image is cut flowers in a vase, paradoxically alive while cut into facets and reflections and constant motion coming in and out over and over again, progressing steadily toward an exuberance of light and dark, absence and color. These four images resonate with a celebration of nature with light and color retorting the sound and the silence.
Valerie Coleman: Tzigane
The image is dark, with sternness but a vibrance of life despite the harshness of the time.
Folded and multiplied, the image echoes the exuberance of the music as it progresses toward a greater celebration of life.
A village of one unified and interwoven with itself partners with the music to the close.
Paquito D’Rivera: Four Pieces for Brass Quintet
Like rounded clouds at dawn, the horns waltz in across a moody sky. The image refers to the lightness and dynamic of the first piece.
Half-moons floating with icy rain in rolling waves to a steady beat. The second piece has a swooping element that echoes the second image.
Deepening tones of earth booming back at sprinkles headed toward a month of rain. A pleasant happiness to close the end. The images march to a descending mood of closure.