The alchemy of words,
images, and music reaches new heights!


April 24, 2016, 4:00PM – RISD Auditorium*

Aurea, Rhode Island’s own performance ensemble with a superb string quartet at its heart, explores the intense cross-pollination of art, poetry and music at the turn of the 20th century.

Focusing on the fascinating, synesthetic output of Lithuanian composer, visual artist and writer Mikalojus Čiurlionis (1875-1911), this new program interposes some of his vast output for piano, string quartet and voice with writings and projections of his highly imaginative, symbolic artwork. Works of Bach, Messiaen, Stravinsky, and Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt will further highlight the striking vibrancy of Čiurlionis’ unique vision and create a context both past and present for his work. Noted art historian and scholar Stasys Gostautas will introduce the program with a short discussion of Ciurlionis’ artistic impact and relevance at the turn of the 20th century.

Aurea has previously premiered five different programs at FirstWorks, some of which went on to appear at major events like the Chicago Humanities Festival.

Tickets: $20 advance / $25 at the door
*Please note venue and time change

Connecting Art with Education: A correlating educational program called “Come to Your Senses” will be developed to provide an interactive framework for the show and help middle and high school students explore the idea of synesthesia, a phenomenon reflected in Ciurlionis’ music.