Rochester-based quintet fivebyfive is excited to commission four works for an exhibition of the renowned stained glass artist, Judith Schaechter, to be held at the Memorial Art Gallery (MAG) in February 2020. Schaechter has explored and pushed the limits of the stained-glass medium for over 35 years. Her singular, subversive, and masterful approach has altered the landscape of contemporary American art. She embraces the inherent contradictions of her work, gleefully melding the opposing currents of high and low, beauty and gore, sacred and profane, and transcendence and defeat.
The exhibition will explore her magical, ethereal and other-worldly images. Combined with the lush, rich colors and patterns, fivebyfive is eager to bring Schaechter’s works to life musically, and will commission four composers to write pieces inspired by her work.
Composers Edie Hill, Jung Sun Kang, Andrea Mazzariello and Jonathan Russell will write pieces for a premiere concert that will coincide with the exhibition and a visit by the artist in February 2020. These composers were chosen for their unique compositional voices that we believe will effectively capture and reflect upon the emotional, color-filled world of Ms. Schaechter’s work. The commissioned works will be completed in the Fall of 2019. Following the premiere concert, fivebyfive will include these works on its tour and make a documentary and recording of the project.
1) Music / Glass FRINGE SHOW!
Memorial Art Gallery Ballroom, 2:00PM
Create an original fused glass artwork while fivebyfive performs
Saturday, September 14, 2019 with Studio 34 Creative Arts Center
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$12 general admission
2) Meet the Composers
Memorial Art Gallery Auditorium, 2:00PM
Sunday, September 15, 2019 – JON RUSSELL
Sunday, November 10, 2019 – JUNG SUN KANG
Sunday, December 8, 2019 – ANDREA MAZZARIELLO
Sunday, January 26, 2020 – EDIE HILL
Entrance free with MAG admission ($15 general admission)
3) Premiere Performance of New Works
Memorial Art Gallery Auditorium, 3:00PM
Sunday, February 16, 2020
Spring 2020 – subsequent performances of works, tour and recording of project