Art & music merge in season’s grand finale

Eureka Symphony

EUREKA – Music and art merge in the Eureka Symphony’s grand season finale “Transitions of the Past” on Friday, May 18 and  Saturday, May 19 at the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts, 412 G St., Eureka. A free lecture is offered before each concert at 7 p.m. The concert begins at 8 p.m.

Bach’s inspiring Suite No. 3 in D Major will be performed in concert with a special screening of artist Kathrin Burleson’s paintings from her Creation Series. The stunning Requiem in C minor by Luigi Cherubini, sung by the Eureka Symphony Chorus, ends the evening and season with a mix of reverence, grandeur and moving intensity.

Burleson’s Creation Series is an ongoing series of watercolors featuring abstract paintings as well as work primarily focusing on flora and fauna found in coastal Northern California. In conjunction with this collaborative screening, Burleson has donated 20 signed and dated prints from the series to the Eureka Symphony to offer as a “Symphony Special” to concertgoers. Each print is valued at $250, but symphony patrons may purchase them for $200 at the concert.

For advance “Symphony Special” purchase, please contact the Eureka Symphony office at (707) 798-6139. All proceeds from the sale of those prints benefit the Eureka Symphony’s ongoing efforts to provide the community with live world class music by North Coast musicians.

“It is a privilege to have this opportunity to collaborate with the Eureka Symphony,” Burleson said. “Carol Jacobson and these fine musicians bring great music, and much joy, to Humboldt County and are the crown jewel of culture in this area. To be even a small part of that is an honor.”

A musical tribute honoring local WWII veterans and featuring her portraits of them was the first collaboration between the Eureka Symphony and Burleson. She said it was great to work with the symphony then and that she’s “very excited to have this opportunity to add color and images to their beautiful music.”

Cherubini, the composer that Beethoven called “the greatest” of his contemporaries, was influenced by the social and political issues of his day. This Requiem in C minor was controversial because of its inclusion of women’s voices. While this piece was commissioned to honor the memory of Louis XVI, it is ironic that Cherubini also conducted the celebratory music at the beheading of Louis XVI 20 years earlier.

Tickets for the Eureka Symphony’s “Transitions of the Past.” at the Arkley Center for Performing Arts can be purchased online at or by calling the symphony ticket line at (707)845-3655.