One perk of living in the East Valley is our vibrant music and art scene. We regularly enjoy national and international performers, but we are also blessed with talented local musicians and artists. You can experience that for yourself Saturday at the Mesa Arts Center, where the Symphony of the Southwest and the Youth Symphony of the Southwest perform Ravel’s famous arrangement of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition,” along with other works by Brahms and Strauss.
Artwork created by high school students from Mesa Unified School District will display on a large video screen during the performance. Students voluntarily contributed the artwork, using the original paintings that inspired Mussorgsky as a springboard for their work. The paintings include renderings of gnomes, the Tuileries and The Great Gate of Kiev.
Mountain View High School art students Sophie Henrie, Lexi Neil and Teghan Skousen said they didn’t understand the importance of the event at first, but when they realized the pictures were going to be shown at the concert and auctioned off later in the lobby, they realized it was “pretty cool” and were looking forward to attending the performance.
DETAILS >> 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. $19. (480) 644-6500 or www.mesaartscenter.com.
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