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MET MUSEUM PRESENTS Announces Remaining 2012 Events

November 12
11:11 2012
MET MUSEUM PRESENTS Announces Remaining 2012 Events

Performances

Friday, November 30, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

Live Webcast of Peony Pavilion

Updated Version by Tan Dun and Huang Doudou

Performed by Zhang Jun and the Shanghai Zhang Jun Art Center Company

in the Metropolitan Museum's Astor Court 

Saturday, December 1, 2012, at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. – SOLD OUT

Sunday, December 2, 2012, at noon and 3:00 p.m. – SOLD OUT

Peony Pavilion

Updated Version by Tan Dun and Huang Doudou Performed by Zhang Jun and the Shanghai Zhang Jun Art Center Company in the Metropolitan Museum's Astor Court 

On Friday, November 30, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will offer a live webcast of the first of five performances of an updated version of the 16th-century Chinese Kunqu opera masterpiece Peony Pavilion that will take place in the Met's Astor Court, the courtyard modeled on a 17th-century Chinese garden.  This 70-minute version of the opera has been developed and directed by celebrated composer Tan Dun, with a new score by Mr. Tan and choreography by Huang Doudou, one of China's most prominent dancers.  It will be performed by Zhang Jun, one of China's most respected Kunqu performers, and the Shanghai Zhang Jun Art Center Company.

The webcast of the Friday, November 30, performance at 7:00 p.m. (not including the post-event presentation) will be live-streamed on the Met's website, www.metmuseum.org; see the event page for more information. The event will also be archived for later viewing.

Tickets are sold out for the five performances of the opera in The Astor Court (November 30 at 7:00 p.m.; December 1 at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.; and December 2 at noon and 3:00 p.m.), but tickets are still available for a live, high-definition transmission of the first of the performances, on Friday, November 30, in The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium.  Following the transmission, the company will make a brief onstage presentation in the auditorium.

Peony Pavilion is co-produced by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the US-China Cultural Institute. 

This program is made possible by an anonymous donor.  Additional support is provided by the China-United States Exchange Foundation, US-China Cultural Institute, China International Cultural Association, and the Tang Family Foundation (Bermuda).

Tickets for November 30 Transmission:  $15

Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at 6:30 & 8:30 p.m. in the Medieval Sculpture Hall

Sunday, December 2, 2012, at 6:30 & 8:30 p.m. in the Medieval Sculpture Hall

Chanticleer – Holiday Concert

The renowned vocal ensemble celebrates the mystery and wonder of Christmas with traditional carols, medieval and Renaissance sacred works, and new holiday music.

            Concerts in the Medieval Sculpture Hall are presented in front of the Museum's Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche.  The exhibition of the crèche is made possible by gifts to The Christmas Tree Fund and the Loretta Hines Howard Fund.

On a 10-country tour in early 2012, Chanticleer returned to some of Europe's most renowned concert halls, including the Musikverein (Vienna), Bela Bartók Concert Hall (Budapest), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), and Philharmonic Hall (Vilnius).  The season also included Chanticleer's performance on the soundtrack of the 10th-anniversary release by Microsoft of its legendary video game HALO, the ensemble's first live film score performance, and a return visit to six California missions with more newly discovered music of the period.  www.chanticleer.org

Tickets:  $70

Sunday, December 9, 2012, at 6:30 & 8:30 p.m. in the Medieval Sculpture Hall

Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine led by Kent Tritle –

"O Magnum Mysterium: O Great Mystery" – Holiday Concert

Kent Tritle, Director of Music at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, leads the cathedral's choir  in "O Magnum Mysterium: O Great Mystery," a program featuring settings of the O Magnum Mysterium text by T.L. da Victoria, Morton Lauridsen, and Francis Poulenc; works by Byrd, Biebl, and Hassler; and music by contemporary American composer Eric Whitacre.

Concerts in the Medieval Sculpture Hall are presented in front of the Museum's Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche.  The exhibition of the crèche is made possible by gifts to The Christmas Tree Fund and the Loretta Hines Howard Fund.

The Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine leads the musical ministry at that sacred place.  Under the direction of Kent Tritle, Director of Cathedral Music and Organist, who was called "the brightest star in New York's choral music world" by the New York Times, the choir is made up of vocal professionals who enjoy careers in opera, oratorio, early music, and contemporary music and sing weekly for Sunday morning and Evensong services throughout the year.  The choir is also heard throughout the New York concert scene; recent performances included a special live broadcast from WQXR's Greene Space on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. 

Tickets:  $60

Tuesday, December 11, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in the Medieval Sculpture Hall

Christopher Taylor, piano – Vingt regards sur l'enfant Jésus – Holiday Concert

Christopher Taylor will perform Messiaen's Vingt regards sur l'enfant-Jésus, a 1944 collection of short pieces, or "contemplations," on the figures present at the birth of Christ.  Of a recent performance of the work by Taylor, Mark Swed wrote in the Los Angeles Times, "Messiaen's mystical music invites out-of-body experiences. ... That was certainly the effect of Christopher Taylor's spellbinding performance of the work. ... he has found a way to make the piano sound as if it could levitate."

Concerts in the Medieval Sculpture Hall are presented in front of the Museum's Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche.  The exhibition of the crèche is made possible by gifts to The Christmas Tree Fund and the Loretta Hines Howard Fund.

Among his generation of pianists, Christopher Taylor stands out as an innovative musician with a diverse array of talents and interests. During the past few years he has appeared regularly in many important concert halls and developed a loyal following throughout the United States and abroad; critics hail him as "one of the most impressive young pianists on the horizon today" (Washington Post) and "frighteningly talented" (New York Times). He is known for a passionate advocacy of music written in the past 100 years-Messiaen, Ligeti, and Bolcom figure prominently in his performances-but his repertoire spans four centuries and includes the complete Beethoven sonatas, the Liszt Transcendental Etudes, Bach'sGoldberg Variations, and a multitude of other familiar masterworks. Whatever the genre or era of the composition, Mr. Taylor is praised for bringing to it an active imagination and intellect coupled with heartfelt intensity and grace.  Christopher Taylor bio

Tickets:  $45

Thursday, December 13, 2012, at 6:30 & 8:30 p.m. in the Medieval Sculpture Hall

Alla Francesca – Thibaut de Champagne & le manuscrit du roi – Holiday Concert

Alla Francesca, the acclaimed early music group that is ensemble in residence at the Musée National du Moyen Âge (Musée de Cluny) in Paris, performs its first New York concert since 2001, a program centering on the work of "Thibaut de Champagne," the Count of Champagne, Thibaut IV (1201-1253), who was one of the great lyric poets of the 13th century.

            This concert is supported in part by Thurmond Smithgall.

Concerts in the Medieval Sculpture Hall are presented in front of the Museum's Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche.  The exhibition of the crèche is made possible by gifts to The Christmas Tree Fund and the Loretta Hines Howard Fund.

Alla Francesca has just released a recording, Le Chansonnier du roi:  Courtly Love & Chivalry of the 13th Century, and the group will draw from that for this program.  Brigitte Lesne, the group's director/conductor, worked directly from "Le manuscrit du roi" ("The Songbook of the King") at the Bibliothèque nationale to produce a rich musical program with singers and period instruments, including a double-sided harp.

Alla Francesca was founded in 1989 by three members of Ensemble Gilles Binchois:  Brigitte Lesne (voice, harp), Emmanuel Bonnardot (voice, fiddle), and Pierre Hamon (winds).  Their repertoire ranges from the art of the troubadours at the end of the 11th century to the sumptuous polyphonic works of the 15th. They perform by turns as soloists and accompanists, recreating all the diversity of this music and offering lively new readings of the different manuscript sources. In the framework of the Centre de Musique Médiévale de Paris, and through their teaching activities there, the members of the ensemble examine these sources in the light of research carried out by musicologists and themselves.

The concept for the December 13 program at the Metropolitan Museum was suggested by Paula Deitz, author of an upcoming book on Thibaut de Champagne. The program premiered at two sold-out performances at the Cluny Museum in Paris in April 2011.

Tickets:  $60

Sunday, December 16, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. in the Medieval Sculpture Hall

"Modern Medieval" – A Holiday Concert by the JACK Quartet

The acclaimed JACK Quartet-Christopher Otto and Ari Streisfeld, violins; John Pickford Richards, viola; and Kevin McFarland, cello-performs "Modern Medieval," a program featuring both re-arranged and re-imagined music of the Middle Ages, with the world premieres of three new works.  On the program are Rorate Caeli (Gregorian chant used during Advent); Michael Harrison's Chant (world premiere); Guillaume Dufay's Moribus et genere, arranged by John Pickford Richards; Sasha Zamler-Carhart's The St. Francis String Quartets, pieces representing episodes in the life of St. Francis of Assisi (world premiere); Rodericus's Angelorum Psalat, arranged by Christopher Otto; and the world premiere of a new work by Toby Twining.  The Toby Twining work was commissioned through New Music USA's Commissioning Music/USA program.

Concerts in the Medieval Sculpture Hall are presented in front of the Museum's Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche.  The exhibition of the crèche is made possible by gifts to The Christmas Tree Fund and the Loretta Hines Howard Fund.

The JACK Quartet electrifies audiences worldwide with "explosive virtuosity" (Boston Globe) and "viscerally exciting performances" (New York Times). The Washington Post commented, "The string quartet may be a 250-year-old contraption, but young, brilliant groups like the JACK Quartet are keeping it thrillingly vital." JACK has recent and upcoming performances at the SONiC Festival as hosts of the Extended Play Marathon at Miller Theatre, and throughout 2012-14 JACK will join legendary pianist Maurizio Pollini as a part of his Pollini Perspectives series with performances in Europe and Japan.  JACK is focused on the commissioning and performance of new works, leading them to work closely with composers Helmut Lachenmann, György Kurtág, Matthias Pintscher, Georg Friedrich Haas, James Dillon, Toshio Hosokawa, Wolfgang Rihm, Elliott Sharp, Beat Furrer, Caleb Burhans, and Aaron Cassidy.  www.jackquartet.com 
Tickets:  $45

Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at 6:30 & 8:30 p.m. in the Medieval Sculpture Hall

Vienna Boys Choir – Holiday Concert

The famed boys choir performs "Christmas in Vienna," a program of Austrian folk songs, classical works, popular songs, and holiday favorites.

Concerts in the Medieval Sculpture Hall are presented in front of the Museum's Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche.  The exhibition of the crèche is made possible by gifts to The Christmas Tree Fund and the Loretta Hines Howard Fund.

The Vienna Boys Choir traces its beginnings to 1498, when Emperor Maximilian I moved his court and his court musicians from Innsbruck to Vienna.  Today there are around 100 choristers between the ages of 10 and 14, divided into four touring choirs. The four choirs give around 300 concerts and performances each year in front of almost half a million people. Each group spends nine to eleven weeks of the school year on tour around the world. The choir's repertoire includes everything from medieval to contemporary and experimental music. Motets and lieder for boys choir form the core of the touring repertoire, as do the choir's own arrangements of waltzes and polkas by Strauss.  www.wsk.at

Tickets:  Sold out

Friday, December 21, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

New York Philharmonic CONTACT!

Jayce Ogren, conductor, and Elizabeth Futral, soprano

CONTACT!, the New York Philharmonic's new music series, is in its fourth season.  In this first of two programs, Jayce Ogren conducts an all-American program featuring new works by three young composers and a contemporary classic by Jacob Druckman, former NYP composer-in-residence.  The program includes world premieres of New York Philharmonic-commissioned works by Andy Akiho and Jude Vaclavik (SHOCK WAVES); the New York premiere of Andrew Norman's Try (2011); and Jacob Druckman's Counterpoise (ensemble version) (1994), featuring Elizabeth Futral, soprano.

This series is made possible by the Xerox Foundation.

Jayce Ogren is rapidly developing a reputation as one of the finest young conductors to emerge from the States equally at home in both symphonic and operatic repertoire.  A series of high-profile New York City dates in 2012-13 demonstrates beautifully his wide ranging talents:  a Mostly Mozart Festival debut with the groundbreaking International Contemporary Ensemble; and programs with ICE at Columbia University's Miller Theatre (and the Wien Modern Festival); an all-Stravinsky program with the New York City Ballet; and with New York City Opera, new productions of Britten's Turn of the Screw and Rossini's Mosè in Egitto.  A particular recent highlight was stepping in as a last-minute replacement for James Levine to conduct the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a challenging program that included the world premiere of Peter Lieberson's song cycle Songs of Love and Sorrow (with Gerald Finley).  Jayce Ogren biography

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