The Inspiration for Sarasota Orchestra's Tropical Beethoven Tee

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SRQ DAILY WEDNESDAY PHILANTHROPY EDITION WEDNESDAY JUL 22, 2020

John Pirman’s pop-esque, evocative illustrations are often in issues of Sarasota Magazine, but this local artist’s graphic design and editorial artwork carry national clout. He has created, designed, and illustrated for Vogue, Estée Lauder, The New York Times, Bloomingdales, and many other household names in media and fashion. For 15 years, The Museum of Modern Art has included John’s holiday cards in their retail store.

The 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birthday will be this December, and this major milestone in classical music served as a focal point for Sarasota Orchestra’s 2019-2020 concert season. As part of the celebration, they asked John to reimagine Beethoven’s iconic visage. His treatment was altogether brilliant and energizing, just as they envision their concert experiences to be.

“In this portrait, I wanted to reflect the intense drama of Beethoven’s compositions by using bold colors," says John Pirman.

"His likeness is classical and the palette is modern, bringing a 21st-century interpretation to Beethoven’s expression using minimal graphic shapes of color.”

 In addition to our 2019-2020 season ticket brochure, John’s “tropical Beethoven” has graced a limited line of apparel. T-shirts are now available for sale, with proceeds benefiting Sarasota Orchestra. The T-shirt sale ends in just 10 days. If you want to support your Sarasota Orchestra in style, purchase your T-shirt today and outfit the music-lovers in your life, too.

Sarasota Orchestra, 709 N Tamiami Trail, web@sarasotaorchestra.org

Click here to buy a T-shirt and support Sarasota Orchestra.

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