montgomery blair high school fine arts department
As part of the Fine Arts Festival, the MBHS Concert Band and Concert Orchestra presented a concert in the MBHS auditorium on Wednesday, April 30th -- a day which many will remember for heavy rains and flooding that caused a horrendous evening commute for most anybody on the roads, and delayed lots of people trying to get to their evening activities. In preparation for this concert, the students of Ms. Armstead's Advanced Digital Art class created an animation which was synchronized with the Concert Band's playing of 'Dance of the Spirits' by Michael Sweeney and was displayed on a large screen over the stage as the Concert Band played the piece. This became known in the department as the "Synesthesia" concert. This first-ever joint presentation by the MBHS Visual Arts and Music forces was well-done, and highly appreciated by the people who could be there. We are proud not only of the resulting presentation, but also of the conceptualization, collaboration and camaraderie that made it possible. The text below from Ms. Armstead captures the spirit of the experience, and includes links to the animation itself and to a video of the live performance.