Sonata #5 Project

Eileen Dorsey, My Cliff, Your Bouquet, 2020, acrylic.

“Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.”

Wassily Kandinsky

The Sonata #5 Project is a multidisciplinary classical concert and fine art exhibition produced by Gordon Square Classical Concerts and Context Fine Art. Music and art have been influenced by one another historically. Artists have continually searched for a greater relationship between the two disciplines. Visually depicting the music’s rhythms, structures, and tones, artists like Kandinsky blurred the lines between art and music.

Brian P. Matheny, Movement #1, 2020, oil.

Sonata #5 Project engages regional artists to create work inspired by the piece and prompts viewers to examine the relationship between the works and the music. Artists included are Leslye Discont Arian, Yvonne Bakale, Justin Brennan, Pat Broughton, Eileen Dorsey, Matthew Gallagher, Mark Keffer, Brian P. Matheny, Patricia Zinsmeister Parker, Eric Rippert, and Danté Rodriguez. Composed by Ryan Charles Ramer (Cleveland Arts Prize Verge Fellow 2019), Sonata #5 is performed by Leah Marie Frank on the piano in four movements. This exhibition and the performance of the music will be accompanied by an album with images of the artwork included.

Eric Rippert, Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven, 2020, Acrylic, enamel,
gesso, latex, graphite

The world premiere performance and exhibition opening are scheduled for Thursday, June 18, at 78th Street Studios, with two encore performances on Third Friday, June 19, and Sunday, June 28, at St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church, located at 1930 West 54th Street in Cleveland.

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Sonata #5 Project is supported by The Ohio Arts Council, Neighbor Up, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, 78th Street Studios, and St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church.