Monday, November 18, 2013

Art in Indy: Childe Hassam

A storm front went through the Indianapolis area Sunday, 
bringing heavy rain and severe wind gusts. 
This photo was taken around 4 p.m. from a reception room window 
overlooking Monument Circle on the second floor of the Circle Theatre. 
The giant candy cane and toy soldier in the background 
are a part of the holiday decor on the Circle.  

The rainy scene reminded me of the city scapes by American Expressionist 
painter, Childe Hassam (1859-1935). The scene shown above,
Rainy Day on Fifth Avenue, was painted in 1893 and is among the
most familiar of Hassam's paintings portraying daily life 
in New York City. 

There were two concerts Sunday afternoon. The first was another performance 
by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra of the Ravel and Debussy works
scheduled for the weekend, while the New World Youth Orchestra, 
made up from talented middle and high school musicians
played a late afternoon concert. Among the pieces they performed 
was the Concerto in A minor for Piano and Orchestra 
by Robert Schumann. The pianist for the occasion was
Jeeyoon Kim, a native of Korea who, in addition to her concert 
and recital appearances, lives in Indianapolis where she
 teaches keyboard at Butler University.


dive said...

What a perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon, Speedway. I'm so jealous of your Symphony gig with its wonderful fringe benefits.

William Kendall said...

I think we've got the wind out of that storm system here today...

A day at the concert hall listening to the orchestra is one well spent.

Speedway said...

Thank you for dropping by. The main benefit I get is a voucher for a future concert of my choice. I've so far collected eight, but have no one to share them with. Yet.

The storm system that went through yesterday had been forecast well ahead of time, or there would probably have been more injuries and fatalities. As it is, several areas were torn up and several people killed. We waited in the theatre for the storm to hit, preparing for much worse, hoping for less then anticipated. We lucked out.