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Putting an ear to the vision

Two cultures and 20 pieces of visual art have inspired a new orchestral suite.

May 19, 2005|Andy Brumer | Special to The Times

"Ana's work captures Mexican surrealism in depth and has wonderful textures, tambour and open chords, whereas Robert's involves more harmonic structures and is earthy and soulful at the same time," Diemecke says. "The strategy of quoting each other's lines helps to unify the symphony as a whole."

Though classical music has a long history of being inspired by visual art -- such as Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky's 19th century "Pictures at an Exhibition" -- "Dos Visiones" has a dose of 21st century technological dazzle.

Luke, Diemecke and Fishman enlisted Hollywood film engineer and cinematographer Vito Kobliha to create a digitized video based on the paintings the composers had chosen as their inspiration.

A blend between MTV and the "Back to the Future" ride at Universal Studios, this piece of photo-choreography transforms sections of paintings into one another and turns two-dimensional paintings into kaleidoscopic three-dimensional tunnels of streaming color, motion, images and light.

During the concert, Fishman, a Juilliard-trained classical musician, orchestrates the real-time projection of the video onto a screen above the orchestra in response to Diemecke's conducting.

"I'm not just following the music," Fishman explains, "I'm trying to amplify it."

At the end of the day, Fishman feels that Dos Visiones "has to succeed as a work of art on its own."

"Hopefully," he continues, "the music will help people better understand the art, and the photo-choreography of MOLAA's collection will help them gain a deeper understanding of the music."


`Dos Visiones'

The concert

Where: Terrace Theater, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Price: $12 to $57

Info: (562) 436-3203;

The exhibition

Where: Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach

When: 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays

Ends: June 5

Price: $3 to $5; 11 and under, free

Info: (562) 437-1689;

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