Pictures at an Exhibition, part II

29 10 2010

Now it’s done, and what an incredible experience. Being surrounded and overwhelmed by Mussorgsky’s work was thrilling, and the pressure to produce a drawing within the 35-minute time constraints ended up being a surprisingly exciting kind of motivation. There are things about the drawing I would change–I might enlarge the hut on fowl’s legs and eliminate Baba Yaga altogether, though I love the concept of her riding in a mortar and pestle with her broom for a rudder–but overall I was pleased to have a mostly finished study at the end of the piece.

Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra is comprised of area musicians, college students, and a few high school students. They only rehearse together for a day or two before each performance, having learned the music largely on their own, yet they consistently produce great results. I failed to remember to ask anyone to take photographs, so all I have are these photos from a newspaper reporter.

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