January 24, 2018

“BRAVO! Listen Up!” Student Exhibit at Arts Council

“OUTBURST”: This work by Timberlane Middle School student Raelynn Cui is featured in the “BRAVO! Listen Up!” exhibition running January 30 through February 26 at the Arts Council of Princeton. An opening will reception will be held on Tuesday, January 30 at 4 p.m.

On Tuesday, January 30 at 4 p.m., the Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s (PSO’s) “BRAVO! Listen Up!” exhibition featuring student artwork and writing created in response to Erwin Schulhoff’s Concerto for String Quartet and Winds opens at the Arts Council of Princeton (ACP). Participating middle school students will be on hand to discuss their works and their interaction with PSO’s guest ensemble, the Lark Quartet, who performed the concerto with the orchestra on October 29.

Comprised of Deborah Buck, violin I; Basia Danilow, violin II; Kathryn Lockwood, viola; and Caroline Stinson, cello, the Lark Quartet inspired students with the on-stage performance of the Schulhoff concerto as well as with shorter compositions at a workshop held last fall at the Arts Council. Music Director Rossen Milanov stopped by and contributed to the discussions on personal interpretations of the music. ACP instructor Susan Hoenig highlighted well-known visual artists who have created works in response to music, and guided the students in their artistic reflections. Over the course of several weeks, the students gave form to their own creative ideas in writing and visual art.

Thirty-four students from nine area middle schools make up this season’s “Listen Up!” artists and writers.

Now in its 11th year, “Listen Up!” is an art response program which encourages creativity through active listening. To date, it has engaged nearly 285 students. Online galleries featuring previous years’ student artwork can be accessed via the website at princetonsymphony.org under PSO BRAVO! Listen Up!

The students’ visual and literary works will be on display from Tuesday, January 30 through Monday, February 26 at the ACP’s Paul Robeson Center, 102 Witherspoon Street, Second Floor lobby, during regular gallery hours. Both the opening reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.