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A lot of great artists and musicians collaborate with one another. That's happening this weekend in Toledo with a unique concert and live art event! It may never have been done before -- a renowned painter creating a portrait live on stage in the time it takes the Toledo Symphony to play a concert!

Toledo Museum of Art Director Brian Kennedy came up with the idea. "So I had this idea of making a portrait, you know, sort of a pictures at an exhibition would involve making a portrait. And there was only one person I knew who could potentially make a portrait live on stage in two hours of a concert." That artist is Spanish painter Felix de la Concha. "It was crazy, of course, the idea because there were many aspects to think about. How, for instance, not to interfere with the musicians with the noise," Felix de la Concha said.

The solution? Padding beneath his brushes and paints. Each of his brushstrokes will be visible on stage, and projected onto two big screens. "The enormous screens make every little mark that he makes visible in a tangible way. I don't think anybody has ever seen a painting be made from start to finish like this."

Kennedy says, "You put them together and I think that you've got a moment of synergy or certainly the potential to see two art forms come together sensorially at once. I've seen the rehearsals and it's great!"

So whose portrait will de la Concha be painting? The conductor? A musician? An audience member? "Every night there will be a different composition, so i have to decide right on the way and improvise."

Tickets are still available for the show on February 4th through the Symphony Box Office. Call 419-246-8000 or visit www.toledosymphony.com. The artist and directors will discuss the work on stage starting at 7 pm. The concert starts at 8 pm.

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