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JOHN ZORN Celebration Set for the Met Museum Today

JOHN ZORN Celebration Set for the Met Museum Today

Note the following updated program and artist information for a Met Museum Presents event: John Zorn-A Museum-Wide Celebration (Sept. 28). Details below!

Saturday, September 28, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

John Zorn-A Museum-Wide Celebration

A recipient of the 2006 MacArthur Award, New York City native and music icon John Zorn is a composer, performer, arranger, producer, impresario, and multi-instrumentalist whose influential body of work defies categorization, having explored a vast spectrum of genres-including jazz, rock, hardcore punk, classical, klezmer, popular, and improvised music, among many others-over the past four decades. To celebrate his 60th birthday (September 2, 2013), the Met will present an unprecedented Museum-wide musical event devoted to the work of this one composer, free to all Museum visitors.

For an entire day, the Museum's galleries will pulsate with John Zorn's restless and electric sounds, as musicians perform in various galleries. Most of the works presented on this day are Met Museum commissions; others are existing pieces, specifically selected for their organic and sonic relevance to particular gallery spaces. Performances will begin in the Great Hall, and continue in galleries including Ancient Near Eastern Art, the Vélez Blanco Patio, the Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Arms and Armor Court, Medieval Sculpture Hall, The American Wing, the Egyptian Wing, the European period rooms, and The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing.

Performers include Mike Patton, voice; Milford Graves, percussion; Bill Frisell, guitar; John Zorn, organ; Jay Campbell, cello; Erik Friedlander, cello; and others.

This event is one of many that make up Zorn@60, a global celebration of the composer's 60th birthday that includes events not only in New York City but throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

Free with Museum admission

All performances begin at the top of the hour, every hour (unless otherwise noted), and the lengths of the works vary:

10:00 a.m.: The Great Hall
Opening Antiphonal Fanfare for Six Trumpets- Nate Botts, Wayne duMaine, Gareth Flowers, Josh Frank, Stephanie Richards, Nate Wooley, trumpets [New work]

10:15 a.m.: The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing
Gnostic Preludes - Bill Frisell, guitar; Kenny Wollesen, vibraphone; Carol Emanuel, harp

11:00 a.m.: The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Gallery for Assyrian Art
Volac -Masada: Book of Angels - Erik Friedlander, cello

12:00 p.m.: Medieval Sculpture Hall
The Holy Visions -Jane Sheldon, Sarah Brailey, Abby Fischer, Mellissa Hughes, Kirsten Sollek, vocalists

1:00 p.m.: The Virginia and Leonard Marx Gallery in The American Wing
All Hallows' Eve - Chris Otto, violin; Dave Fulmer, viola; Jay Campbell, cello

2:00 p.m.: Abstract Expressionism Gallery 921 featuring Jackson Pollock's Autumn Rhythm (No. 30)
Duo Improvisation by John Zorn, alto saxophone; Milford Graves, drums


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