Original Student Composition Performed by Orchestra and Choir
For the past two years, David Marottolo ’18 has been working towards this moment. And, today, his fellow students in the KO orchestra and choir performed the premiere of his original composition, Pictures at an Exhibition, comprised of several movements.
Working with Creative Arts teachers Todd Millen and Scott McDonald, Marottolo developed his senior project, an orchestral and choir piece, selecting student artwork that spoke to him in which he created a magical audio version of what he saw. Each of the artwork featured had an accompanying movement that expressed the emotions that the piece elicited for David.The student artwork included pieces from Hannah Bash ’18, Nicole Galik ’17, MacKenzie Goldschlager ’18, Alicia Henry ’18, and Olivia Rossi ’18.
Prior to the performance, Marottolo spoke to the audience of his thought process and ruminations on the work. The prelude consists of a walking theme, as one was to stroll through a gallery absorbing the artwork. “Light”, the second movement, was based on artwork depicting an indeterminate time of day – before sunrise or after sunset. The music consisted of various tonalities, a perfect fifth and dissonant passages. “Lanterns,” described by Marottolo, is a surreal piece that is “minimalist and mysterious and would fill one with a sense of wonder and uncertainty. The final two movements were entitled “Snow Drifts” and “Creation/Blooming.”
Todd Millen said, “I’m incredibly proud of David. This was a great learning experience and creative process for him. He is a once in a lifetime talent, and I’m thrilled he can showcase his work with us at KO.”
Located in West Hartford, CT just steps from Blue Back Square, Kingswood Oxford is a private school inspiring co-ed day students in grades 6-12 with a college preparatory curriculum. Empowered students become clear confident communicators, resourceful problem-solvers, and ethical leaders. KO: where unlimited potential meets endless opportunities.