Big Arts in the Little Apple

The Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra is excited to lead a multi-part collaboration celebrating music and the visual arts in our community.

Each year, Appleton Area students learn about and listen to a featured piece of music. After listening and learning, they respond with the creation of their own artworks in their visual art classes.

This year, over 900 students submitted artwork inspired by Mothership by Mason Bates.

"The mothership floats high above, an orchestra pulsing rapidly with a heart of techno. At several moments in the piece, various soloists dock with the mothership, dropping in with solos both virtuosic and lyrical. The work was commissioned by Michael Tilson Thomas and the YouTube Symphony which premiered the work in March 2011 at the Sydney Opera House in Australia."

This piece was performed featuring student artwork during our March 9, 2019 concert.

All of the artwork was part of the Community Celebration Exhibit - displayed at 23 locations across the community from March 15 - May 19th, 2019. Check out this map for more information on participating locations and how to locate work from a particular school.

Big Arts in the Little Apple is part of:
FVSO Music For Everyone


Thank you so much to all of our community partners who make this collaboration possible including:
Appleton School District
US Bank
Secura
Bright Idea Fund and Infant Welfare Circle
Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region
School Specialty
Richeson School of Art and Gallery
Heid Music
Appleton Education Foundation


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