Music and visual art can be a powerful match. We see it all the time in the movies and on TV. In person, it is more powerful still. When you add the element of Christian faith, the mix becomes infinitely richer.
The musical organization Exultate used this approach in a sequence of concerts March 7-9, combining the work of J.S. Bach with the distinctive images of He Qi (pronounced “Hah Chee”). Exultate exhibited paintings by the Chinese artist, now living in Roseville, during three Lenten performances of Bach’s St. John Passion in the Twin Cities. He Qi was present as well.
Music and images together “get to the hearts of the people who are listening,” says Exultate conductor and founder Thomas Rossin.
Passion in music and the fine arts
He Qi’s richly textured paintings show familiar scenes from the Bible. According to his website, his art is “a reinterpretation of sacred art within an ancient Chinese art idiom.” more »