Music By Colors: Miami Symphony Orchestra Turns Paintings Into Sheet Music

Oct 19, 2013

Credit courtesy of Miami Symphony Orchestra

The Miami Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year with its season opener Oct. 20 at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall.

Maestro Eduardo Marturet has been leading the orchestra for the past eight years and points out that the longevity of the Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO) puts it in select company with the New World Symphony and Miami City Ballet.

“Well to me it means a great deal, because, you know, 25 years in South Florida is not a little thing,” said Marturet.

Among four works being performed Sunday, MISO will be presenting a new piece composed by Marturet as a homage to Cuban painter Waldo Balart.

But Balart’s work serves as more than just inspiration for Marturet, he used the paintings as a musical map.

“I assigned to each color that he painted a special note. For example, the color red is the musical note A. Violet is F sharp,” said Marturet. “He has a relationship with color that I like.”

You’ll be able to see the connection as Balart’s paintings are projected onto large screens as the musicians perform. 

Renowned Spanish guitarist Angel Romero will be joining MISO to perform Concierto de Aranjuez by composer Joaquin Rodrigo. Even if you’re not a classical music expert, there’s a fair chance you’ll recognize the music from Concierto de Aranjuez’s 2n Movement.

Added to the already eclectic mix are Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 and Lenard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story