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Through out history\, artists have been inspired by music. Now\, Lisa Zwerling has created a series of 38 paintings inspired by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's oper atic fantasy The Magic Flute. For Zwerling\, who usually paints in series\, The Magic Flute is her most extensive and concentrated.

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The Magic Flute fuses per sonal tales of love and loss with Masonic philosophy about values and wisdo m. Zwerling makes both parts intimate with a keen interest in psychology an d an expressive style. Zwerling's paintings explore the emotional flowering of the opera's characters as they set forth on an enchanted quest to rescu e a princess and reach a state of enlightenment. The Magic Flute offers an abundance of visual inspiration including magic bells and a magic flute\, c hild spirits\, trials of fire and water\, a dragon\, a vengeful queen with a high F note\, comedic characters bedecked in feathers\, and enchanted vil lains.

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Though the paintings create a continuous narrative\, and in a rejection of the same sized grid\, each is a different size and shape\, in a staccato vi sual play. Zwerling does this to keep the viewer involved\, just as film mo ves back and forth between distance and close-up. A thread of repeated colo r weaves throughout as a leitmotif. Music and dance have been essential to Zwerling\, a former dancer with professional musicians in the family.

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In a unique fusion of art and music\, The Opera Company of Brooklyn will perform The Ma gic Flute in concert form on October 24th at 8:00 pm at the gallery. Lisa Z werling's paintings\, in conjunction with this exclusive performance\, give fans the opportunity to experience a new visual interpretation of the oper a. For ticket reservations\, visit: www.operabrooklyn.org. T ickets are available for $60.

DTEND:20121027 DTSTAMP:20140924T014859 DTSTART:20121002 GEO:40.7500504;-74.0043122 LOCATION:First Street Gallery\,526 W 26th St # 209 \n New York\, NY 10001 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Lisa Zwerling: The Magic Flute\, Lisa Zwerling UID:232387 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20121004T200000 DTSTAMP:20140924T014859 DTSTART:20121004T180000 GEO:40.7500504;-74.0043122 LOCATION:First Street Gallery\,526 W 26th St # 209 \n New York\, NY 10001 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Lisa Zwerling: The Magic Flute\, Lisa Zwerling UID:232388 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR