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Why Patterns? Del Sol String Quartet Performs Music by Terry Riley

September 24, 2016, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Del Sol String Quartet will perform three concerts, thematically focusing on three approaches to expression. Finding parallels in the art in the exhibition and the music performed, the students will have the opportunity to make art engaging some of the same elements in projects geared to the musical manifestations of these elements.

There are three planned performances as part of the Fall residency. Suggested donation of $10 for adults attending the concert.

About this event: The performance explores pattern and repetition. In response, the audience will view the work of artist Squeak Carnwath as she uses shape and strong color together with repetition to define and order space.

In our First Session we will look at pattern and repetition, taking note of how a painter like Squeak Carnwath uses shape and strong color together or contrasted with muted colors- to define and order space. In listening to the first concert of the music of Terry Riley, students will be able to extract the compelling strength of repeating pattern. In making a series a paintings, students will individually and also collaboratively with parents. Exploring the idea of repetition of movement as well as music, looping and rhythmic line, punctuated dots and dashes, and collaboratively interwoven patterns, students will see how the patterns emerge and take form.

Initially using paint with a palette limited to primary colors and then expanded to secondary and tertiary, the shifting weight of color will echo the students’ experience of the music.

The art workshop following the performance is intended for elementary school children and their parents. All ages are welcome for the musical performance.

Workshops are free but please rsvp to or call 510.620.6772 to reserve.

Music performance begins at 2:00 p.m.
Art workshop begins at 3:00 p.m.

About the teaching artist: Mary Curtis Ratcliff is an artist working in diverse media, including sculpture, mixed media works on paper and photography.  She lives in Berkeley and has taught art to children and teenagers at the East Bay French American School, the Nomura School and Oakland’s Renaissance High School, among others.

The Residency by the Del Sol String Quartet, organized in partnership with the Richmond Art Center, has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America through its Residency Endowment Fund. Photo by R. J. Muna.


September 24, 2016
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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