LAKELAND, Fla. — An exhibition at the Polk Museum of Art is giving the Lakeland Symphony Orchestra the opportunity to create a soundtrack for art.

What You Need To Know

  • "Pictures at an Exhibition" pairs art with the classics

  • Lakeland Symphony musicians chose art to match with classics

  • The exhibit is at Polk Museum of Art through 2021

  • Artists featured include Dali and Rauschenberg 

And some art seems made for it — a second-line parade in New Orleans, children dancing in a circle and a cello in a washtub.

“There's a spectacular connection between art and music," Lakeland Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Amy Wiggins said.

In the spirit of collaboration, musicians from the orchestra looked through the Polk Museum of Art’s collection museum and picked a piece of art to couple with a piece of classical music.

The resulting exhibition is titled “Pictures at an Exhibition.”

Look for Salvador Dali's piece called “Untitled." It's paired with "Symphonie Fantastique," Op. 14 IV. March to the Scaffold by Hector Berlioz.


Salvador Dali's "Untitled" is paired with "Symphonie Fantastique," Op. 14 IV. March to the Scaffold by Hector Berlioz in a Polk Museum of Art exhibition in Lakeland. (Spectrum News/Virginia Johnson photo of art at Polk Museum of Art)


Robert Rauschenberg's "Tibetan Garden Song," a cello in a washtub, is matched with Bach's Cello Suite No. 3 in C.

And Cappricio, a bronze sculpture of dancing, gets Mozart's Serenade No. 9 in D Major.

"We want people to feel a connection back to the musicians and their love for this community," Wiggins said, "and their desire to share something of themselves in selecting this artwork.”