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Music In Motion -Arts and Music Guild Oct. 11

Oct 11 2014

Music in Motion, an Artful Journey of Sight and Sound, returns this year on Saturday, October 11th, from 11am until 9pm. Over 25 professional Guild artists from McKinney and surrounding cities will exhibit and create to live music at the Heard-Craig Center for the Arts in McKinney.

Guild Apprentices (musicians and artists under 18) will join their mentors. Carolyn Lis, a Frisco resident and parent of a Guild Apprentice, looks forward to Music in Motion every year. "McKinney is home to an ever growing number of artists and musicians. It’s at events like Music in Motion that you truly realize the breadth of talent in this community. I am especially inspired seeing youngsters playing with a professional band, or a child painting right next to an established artist." Music in Motion brings the creative experience to the public in a unique way.

Sona Knox, potter and owner of the Art House, comments, “I am excited about the venue this year. I have participated every year in Music in Motion, and am one of the founding members of the Guild. If the weather permits, I’ll throw on my wheel outside; if not, I’ll sculpt with clay inside. I love interacting with the people, meeting families, letting kids have a hands-on experience with the clay. This is a great opportunity for artists to gather in front of the public and work together.” Music in Motion provides a rich setting for the dialogue between artists, musicians, and writers.

Guild artists Douglas E. Winters III and his wife Kiki Curry, directors of the Gallery at Midtown & Artist Studios, and owners of Skypony Studio, look forward to the collaborative energy of the event. “Visual art and music are kindred spirits, for a brush dances most gracefully when it dances to the rhythm of harmonious inspiration.”

Oct 11 2014


In the Carriage House, the spoken word will be added to a mix of jazz, blues and classical music during a program hosted by Jerry Rizzi, whose fellow performers include musicians, writers, and a poet laureate. In Heard-Craig Hall, Steve Powell will read poetry to the music of keyboardistWilliam Foley, while painters Richard Miller and Anne Royer interpret visually. Miller, who digitally restores vintage recordings, recalls a similar “stage” set in the 1940’s and 50’s in American Art. “Jackson Pollock, with his large drip paintings which ‘had no beginning or end,’ was an avid jazz collector. Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie with their Be-Bop improvisations, or Jack Kerouac with his non-stop spontaneous form of writing, all became the embodiment of a perspective that was uniquely American. The writers fed off of the Abstract Expressionist painters, the musicians were inspired by the writers and painters… a new freedom of expression emerged across the spectrum of the Arts.

”Music in Motion offers a wide range of musical genres. Among the fifteen music performances on three stages, guitarist John Wynn, bluegrass fiddlers Gerald Jones and Texas Shorty, the Cat House Band, and jazz saxophonist Jason Davis, are among the popular acts returning to the event. New to Music in Motion are a harp duo, and jazz trumpeter Akira Sato. The Flute Choir and Dance Band, both from the McKinney Community Band, as well as the Children’s Chorus of Collin County and the Odysseus Chamber Orchestra represent non-profit arts groups scheduled to perform.

“It will be such a special event since the Odysseus Chamber Orchestra will be presenting a preview performance with its newly formed ensemble of principal players from the orchestra. We will play two beautiful pieces by Mozart and Borodin, plus a special treat — an arrangement with Jason Davis on the saxophone,” comments Artistic Director Jason Lim. Jason Davis and his ensemble will conclude the evening performances in Heard Craig Hall. Throughout the day, local purveyors of culinary delights will offer for sample and purchase “art” for the palate. Area wineries will provide tastings, and wine will be sold by the glass.

The public is also invited to a catered reception in the evening for the unveiling of the McKinney Historical Homes 2015 Calendar artwork, which will be on exhibit in the Heard Craig Hall. Proceeds and donations to Music in Motion will be given to Serenity High. Funding for Music in Motion is provided by grants from the City of McKinney Arts Commission, Vin and Caren Prothro Foundation, and McDermott Foundation. Sponsors include Orisons Art and Framing, with catering provided by La Misha and Rick’s Chophouse. For information on the schedule, artists and performers, see www.MusicInMotionTX.com.

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