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Met Museum Presents NY Phil's CONTACT!, Jordi Savall and Cirène, June 2012


Met Museum presents the New York Philharmonic's concert series CONTACT!, Jordi Savall's "Orient-Occident: A Dialogue of Souls," and New York ensemble Cirène's interpretation of a classic love story of the Middle East with music, dance and painting, all in June 2012. See details below.

For tickets, visit or call 212-570-3949. Tickets are also available at the Great Hall Box Office, which is open Tuesday-Saturday 10-5:00 and Sunday noon-5:00. Tickets include admission to the Museum on day of performance.

30 & Under Rush: $15 tickets for ticket buyers 30 years and younger, with proof of age, the day of the event (subject to availability). For more information, visit, call 212-570-3949, or visit the box office.

Bring the Kids!: $1 tickets for children (ages 7-16) when accompanied by an adult with a full-price ticket (subject to availability). For more information, visit, call 212-570-3949, or visit the box office.

Friday, June 8, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.
New York Philharmonic CONTACT!David Robertson Leads Elliott Carter World Premiere

The New York Philharmonic’s acclaimed new music series, CONTACT! returns for a third season of two programs curated and hosted by Philharmonic Composer-in-Residence Magnus Lindberg, with Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert and David Robertson conducting.

In this second program of the season, David Robertson conducts the world premiere performance of Elliott Carter’s Two Controversies and a Conversation (New York Philharmonic co-commission with Aldeburgh Festival and Radio France), a double concerto with piano and percussion, with featured players Colin Currie, percussion, and Eric Huebner, piano; as well as the U.S. premiere of NACHLESE Vb: Liederzyklus, a musical meditation on the nature of linguistic translation, by Michael Jarrell (New York Philharmonic co-commission with Ensemble Contrechamps), featuring soprano Charlotte Dobbs. Also on the program is the contemporary classic ...explosante/fixe... by Pierre Boulez, for which soloists include Principal Flute Robert Langevin on MIDI flute, Philharmonic flutist Mindy Kaufman, and flutist Alexandra Sopp.

A reception with free beer provided by Brooklyn Brewery will follow the concert. Tickets: $20.

Bring the Kids! $1 tickets available for children (ages 7-16) when accompanied by an adult with a full-price ticket. Available by phone 212-570-3949 or at the box office.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.
Jordi Savall –“Orient-Occident: A Dialogue of Souls”

Jordi Savall returns to the Metropolitan Museum with “Orient-Occident: A Dialogue of Souls,” a program of Ottoman, Armenian, Arabo-Andalusian, Sephardic and Christian music from medieval Spain and around the Mediterranean. Jordi Savall plays the rebec, bowed lyre, and rebab; Dimitri Psonis plays the santur and Moorish guitar; and David Mayoral plays percussion.

According to the program’s introductory note, “As [Lebanese-born French author] Amin Maalouf says, ‘If we are to restore some hope to our disoriented humanity, we must go beyond a mere dialogue of cultures and beliefs towards a dialogue of souls … The diverse does not have to be a prelude to the adversarial; our cultures are not enclosed behind impenetrable barriers; our world is not doomed to interminable rifts; it can still be saved... After all, hasn’t that, since the dawn of the human adventure, been the overriding purpose of art?’”

This program is presented in conjunction with the opening of the New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia on November 1, 2011.

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