One of my favorite habits as a Classics Reader and citizen of West Michigan is finding references to our books amid the thousands of entries in one of the largest art competitions in the world, ArtPrize. In years past I’ve seen bits of Gulliver’s Travels,
and even an unintentional Great Gatsby reference.
This year’s festival just started yesterday, and I haven’t yet been downtown to see the works in their glory, but the media’s been pretty good at flooding my feed with glimpses of what awaits. Including this rather unexpected entry:
Even though Mrs. Emma B. wasn’t my favorite character or novel, I would love to hear this. The piece is by Grand Rapids Symphony’s principal oboist for their newly appointed principal cellist. According to this interview it is heavily influence and inspired by Flaubert’s work.
It’s an actual ArtPrize entry, and if you can’t make the concert you can always listen to the midi file online. Personally, I’d rather scramble to find a last-minute babysitter and some dough for some tickets.
What? That’s not the sound of crickets I hear? Oh, I see, it’s the sweet music of electronic strings. That makes more sense.