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March 10, 2015

Celebration of Creativity blends music, art and writing

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Austin Peay State University Professor of Music, Dr. Patricia Halbeck will combine music, visual art and creative writing into a unique event as she presents a solo piano recital titled “A Celebration of Creativity.” The event will be held Monday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall on the APSU main campus.

Beginning with music by J.S. Bach, Chopin, and Schumann, Dr. Halbeck created a series of oil paintings reflecting the mood and atmosphere of the music. Additionally, her rendering of short poetic interludes expands upon the music and art to create a fascinating exchange among the three artistic mediums of sound, image and words.

Dr. Halbeck will take the audience on a multi-sensory journey combining her art, writings and interpretations of the much-loved music of the masters. During the concert, images of the paintings will be displayed above the piano on stage and poetry will be read before each musical selection.

“I was surprised at how much each art form influenced the others,” Dr. Halbeck said. “Originally, I believed the music would be the primary foundation for the event, but in reality, my interpretation of the music was equally influenced by the paintings that evolved and by the words that I wrote. It became a three-way conversation between the piano, the paint brush, and the pen.”

The concert is free and open to the public. Following the concert, the audience is invited to a reception in the mezzanine and lobby areas of the Music/Mass Comm. Building, where the art exhibit can be viewed.

For more information, contact the Austin Peay Music Department at 221-7818.

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