By Jessica Creagan
VERO BEACH -- While chamber music fills the Vero Beach Museum of Art's Leonhardt Auditorium, the paintings on the museum wall will silently join in the chorus celebrating the grand ole' U.S. of A.
The Atlantic Classical Orchestra chamber music players will visit the museum on Feb. 23 for a concert featuring piano trio works by three American composers and the museum will highlight one of its newest exhibitions, "Picturing America: Signature Works from The Westmoreland Museum of American Art."
Tickets to the 3 p.m. concert and post-concert cheese and wine reception are $30 for museum members and Atlantic Classical Orchestra subscribers, $40 for non-members and non-subscribers, and $5 for students.
Stewart Robertson, orchestra artistic director and concert conductor said the music performed will be from the 19th and 20th centuries.
"The connections between the musical works in this program and the exhibition's art works is fascinating," Mr. Robertson said in a press release.
One selection, "Piano Trio in D, Opus 56," by Charles Wakefield Cadman, was composed in the late 19th century Central European romantic tradition and was a harbinger of the style of music that Ira Gershwin and others would make popular, Mr. Robertson said.
Another piece, "Piano Trio" by Amy Beach is more romantic and impressionistic, while the final work, "Café Music," a piece for violin, cello and piano by Paul Schoenfield is inspired by folk traditions and the composer's time as a house pianist in Minneapolis.
"These concerts offer something for everyone, and give an intriguing insight into American music during the 20th century," Mr. Robertson said.
Museum directors said the "Picturing America" exhibition is a good display for visitors of all ages.
"It reveals the richness and diversity of American's historical heritage and offers a glimpse at the depth and richness of America's art and the talent and the diversity of its artists," a press release said.
The paintings include samples of portraiture, still life and landscape paintings from the late 18th to the mid-20th centuries.
Some of the artists included in the gallery include Mary Stevenson Cassatt, Levi Wells Prentice, Childe Hassam and John Singleton Copley.
The Atlantic Classical Orchestra is the only resident performing arts organization of Florida's Treasure Coast and is composed of members from Florida's principal musical organizations and major orchestras throughout the U.S. The organization's educational and outreach efforts include an ongoing relationship with the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony.
This will be the orchestra's 24th year of performing in the Treasure Coast and South Florida.
For tickets or more information about the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, visit www.atlanticclassicalorchestra.com. For more information about exhibits or programs at the Vero Beach Museum of Art, visit www.verobeachmuseum.org.