Music & Art + potluck party
We are very fortunate to be able to present the internationally renowned Szymanowski Quartet, stopping by CU for a preview before their Feb. 6 Orange County concert at the Samueli Theater at the OCPAC. This young Warsaw-based quartet has been featured at prestigious festivals and concert halls around the world. Their recent CD on the Hyperion label has received rave reviews for their performances of rarely-heard but wonderful 19th century Polish composers Zarebski and Zelenski. For CU, The Szymanowski Quartet will perform their namesake Szymanowski's Nocturne and Tarantella, and Schubert's iconic Death and the Maiden Quartet.
The Dawn, is a culmination of 15 years in my artistic search. It is a particularly meaningful work for me - both stylistically and personally.
The work came about after a long quest to find the most powerful and convincing way of expressing the type of Imagery that affects our imagination deeply and expresses truth about our current condition. It is a look at our reality and the unseen forces behind it; a style that I call NOVOREALISM.
The Dawn is conceived as an epic saga spanning the wide range of visual themes that engage our senses. The magic, majesty and the promise of a fleeting moment just before the sun breaks through a dark horizon and when the world is filled with the glow of ever-expanding and imminently rising light. The lone modern-day Madonna invokes the singular sanctity of motherhood and of a blissful paradise, an island of love. In the midst of a dark infinite expanse are forces much beyond our control that threaten us where we do not see, but feel their presence.
The status quo of the world is crumbling all around us, yet the force of life is inextinguishable and the mystery of a new life holds the future in its hands, in fact being more powerful than all the forces of the world.
The many anxieties about the future of our world serve as a perfect symbol signifying the vastly transformative nature of our times. The world will go on; it is up to us to chart its future course, but for this to happen we need a revolution that inspires an elevated consciousness...as we greet "The Dawn" and the new beginning.