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Kernis concerto inspires student work on display at PSO exhibition

Princeton Symphony Orchestra is set to present an exhibition of art, poetry and prose by local middle school students called Listening to the Colored Field.

The works on display are the culmination of students’ participation in Listen Up!, a special music initiative offered through PSO’s BRAVO! education program designed to encourage creativity through active listening.

Students listened to composer Aaron Jay Kernis’ cello concerto Colored Field, written in response to a stirring tour of Auschwitz Holocaust sites, at PSO’s Nov. 3 Eternal Light concert. The students created their own responses to Kernis’ music and its reflection of the Holocaust, working independently and in groups.

The resulting exhibition of students’ work includes artwork created using a variety of techniques and mediums including acrylics, water color, graphite and photography. The exhibition has expanded this year to include written responses in poetry and prose, demonstrating how similar themes can be expressed across multiple art forms.

Thirty-six students were chosen by art and English teachers based on their creativity and love of music, the largest student group since Listen Up!’s inception in 2007.

[…] Listening to the Colored Field is scheduled to be on display Jan. 6 to 18 at the Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon St., Princeton. An opening reception is set for 4 p.m. Jan. 6.

The exhibition is set to move to Richardson Auditorium for PSO’s Classical Series Concert La Noche Espanola on Jan.19 The exhibition will then move to The Jewish Center of Princeton for display Jan. 21 to Feb. 2.