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Describing a painting in words is relatively simple: You can comment on the contrast between light and dark colors, the way the paint is applied to the canvas, and, with a bit of research, the subject matter. Art historians have waxed poetic in this manner for centuries. But how do you describe a work of visual art through song? This is the challenge facing two members of the Wolf Trap Opera Company, soprano Amy Owens (pictured) and baritone Morgan Pearse, when they perform at the Phillips Collection. After considering several pieces from the museum’s permanent collection and the music in their own repertoires, the musicians will pair art and song, reflecting on the relationship between the two. You could hear showtunes, classical arias, or pop standards presented in conjunction with works by European Impressionists or American folk artists. Whatever the pairing, expect this overdose of art to get your own creative thoughts flowing. The performance begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Phillips Collection, 1600 20th St. NW. $8–$20. (202) 387-2151. phillipscollection.org.