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Met Museum Announces 2011-12 Concert Season

Met Museum Announces 2011-12 Concert Season

The 2011-2012 season of Metropolitan Museum Concerts combines the return of acclaimed ensemble series - Pacifica Quartet, New York Philharmonic CONTACT!, and Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert - with unique programs conceived to complement the Met's collection and galleries by a distinguished roster of world-renowned artists.

African singer-songwriter-superstar Angelique Kidjo opens the season with an event coordinated to the exhibition Heroic Africans: Legendary Leaders, Iconic Sculptures. The opening of the New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia occasions performances in the course of the season by artists including Jordi Savall, kamancheh (Persian string instrument) virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor, and famed Moroccan singer/musician Hassan Hakmoun. The great baritone Thomas Hampson and the vocal ensemble Chanticleer perform programs tied to the completed renovation of the American Wing.

The early music ensemble Tenet performs a program tied to the exhibition The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini; and Patti Smith returns to the Met with a program inspired by Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O'Keeffe. Two of the three programs by the Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert reflect the artistic influences of gallery openings in 2011-2012. The Pacifica Quartet performs all of the Beethoven string quartets in six concerts; the New York Philharmonic CONTACT! programs feature two world premieres; and holiday concerts will be performed by Paul Winter, Judy Collins, and the Vienna Boys Choir, among others.

The 2011-2012 season was programmed by Concerts & Lectures Senior Manager Lisa Musco Doyle and the Concerts & Lectures staff. The newly appointed Concerts & Lectures General Manager, Limor Tomer, began working at the Museum on May 2.

All concerts take place in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium unless otherwise indicated.

THE PACIFICA QUARTET PLAYS BEETHOVEN

In 2009-2010, the Pacifica Quartet, called "one of the fastest rising ensembles today" by The New York Times, became the Metropolitan Museum's second quartet-in-residence, succeeding the Guarneri String Quartet. After a first season of programs of diverse repertoire and a second season devoted to the complete string quartets of Shostakovich, the quartet will for its third season perform the complete string quartets of Beethoven in six programs, each of which features early and later works:

- Quartets No. 2 in G Major, Op. 18, "Compliments"; No. 10 in E flat Major, Op. 74, "Harp"; and No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131. Saturday, October 22, 2011, at 7:00 p.m.

- Quartets No. 3 in D Major, Op. 18; No. 12 in E-flat Major, Op. 127; and No. 9 in C Major, Op. 59, "Hero." Saturday, November 12, 2011, at 7:00 p.m.

- Quartets No. 6 in B flat Major, Op. 18, "La Maliconia"; No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 95, "Serioso"; and No. 13 in B-flat Major, Op. 130, "Liebquartett"; with "Grosse Fuge," Op.133. Saturday, December 10, 2011, at 7:00 p.m.

- Quartets No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18; and No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59. Saturday, January 7, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.

- Quartets No. 5 in A Major, Op. 18; and No. 15 in A Minor, Op. 132. Saturday, February 25, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.

- Quartets No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 18; No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59; and No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135. Saturday, March 10, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.

This series is supported in part by the Grace Jarcho Ross and Daniel G. Ross Concert Fund.

New York Philharmonic CONTACT! NEW MUSIC SERIES

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 members of the orchestra.
This series is made possible by the Xerox Foundation.

- Alan Gilbert conducts the world premiere of Alexandre Lunsqui's Fibres, Yarn and Fabric, a New York Philharmonic commission, as well as Magnus Lindberg's Gran Duo; and HK Gruber's Frankenstein!!, for which the composer will perform as chansonnier, his New York Philharmonic debut as a performer. Friday, December 16, 2011, at 7:00 p.m.

- David Robertson conducts the world premiere performance of Yann Robin's Backdraft, as well as the U.S. premiere of a new work by Michael Jarrell; both works are New York Philharmonic co-commissions. Also on the program is the contemporary classic ...explosante/fixe... by Pierre Boulez. Friday, June 8, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.


METROPOLITAN MUSEUM ARTISTS IN CONCERT

"It's hard to find better chamber-music playing in New York than in the cellist Edward Arron's series," said The New Yorker in April 2011 about the Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert. For the acclaimed ensemble's ninth season, Edward Arron, its artistic director, has crafted three programs, two inspired by new galleries.
This series is generously supported by the Brodsky Family Foundation.

- A program inspired by the New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia: Strauss's Four Pieces for Piano Quartet; Sulkhan Tsintsadze's Miniatures for String Quartet; Vache Sharafyan's Adumbrations of the Peacock for Piano Quartet (2003); the world premiere of a new work by ensemble member and composer Colin Jacobsen; and Shostakovich's Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57. The musicians include Colin Jacobsen and Jesse Mills, violins; Nicholas Cords, viola; Edward Arron, cello; and Andrew Armstrong, piano. Saturday, December 17, 2011, at 7:00 p.m.

- A program inspired by the Met's collection of French masterpieces featuring Stravinsky's Concertino for String Quartet (1920); Germaine Tailleferre's String Quartet (1917-19); Debussy's Sonata for Cello and Piano (1915); "Alice Toklas" from Virgil Thomson's Five Ladies for Violin and Piano (1930); and Fauré's Piano Quartet in G Minor, Op. 45. The musicians include Colin Jacobsen, violin; Nicholas Cords, viola; Edward Arron, cello; and Jeewon Park, piano. Saturday, March 31, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.

- A program inspired by the New American Wing Galleries for Paintings, Sculpture, and Decorative Arts: Amy Beach's Dreaming for Cello and Piano (1892/1937); Henry Cowell's Seven Paragraphs for String Trio (1925); John Adams's Shaker Loops for String Septet (1978); and Dvorák's String Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 97, "American." The musicians include Jennifer Frautschi and Laura Frautschi, violins; Colin Jacobsen, violin and viola; Nicholas Cords, viola; Edward Arron and Eric Jacobsen, cello; Kurt Muroki, bass; and Bernard Rose, piano. Saturday, May 12, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.

CONCERTS CELEBRATING THE NEW GALLERIES FOR THE ART OF THE ARAB LANDS, TURKEY, IRAN, CENTRAL ASIA, AND LATER SOUTH ASIA

Throughout the 2011-2012 season, Metropolitan Museum Concerts will present an array of events in which a diverse selection of artists will perform music from, or inspired by, the regions and cultures represented in the New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia, opening November 1, 2011.
The new galleries will house the Metropolitan Museum's preeminent collection of its Department of Islamic Art-one of the most comprehensive gatherings of this material in the world-a completely renovated, expanded, and reinstalled suite of 15 galleries. The organization of the galleries by geographical area will emphasize the rich diversity of the Islamic world, over a span of 1,300 years, by underscoring the many distinct cultures within its fold.
Related concerts will include:

- Hassan Hakmoun Ensemble and Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers - Two famed virtuoso artists and their ensembles perform hypnotic praise songs from North Africa and South Asia. Morocco's Hassan Hakmoun Ensemble, representing the Gnaoua spiritual trance tradition, and Pakistan's Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers, belonging to the Sufi Qawwali tradition, perform their distinctive music and come together for a specially created finale. Saturday, October 29, 2011, at 7:00 p.m.
This program is generously supported by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. The appearance of Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers is part of Caravanserai: a place where cultures meet. Caravanserai is a groundbreaking initiative designed to open and expand the dialogue between American communities and contemporary Muslim societies using the arts as a point of entry and is managed by Arts Midwest on behalf of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations.

- Hassan Hakmoun Ensemble and Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers - Music for Families - The Hassan Hakmoun Ensemble and the Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers perform an hour-long family program highlighting aspects of the Gnaoua and Qawwali traditions, including drumming solos and acrobatic dancing. This program is generously supported by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. Sunday, October 30, 2011, at 3:00 p.m.
This program is generously supported by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. The appearance of Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers is part of Caravanserai: a place where cultures meet. Caravanserai is a groundbreaking initiative designed to open and expand the dialogue between American communities and contemporary Muslim societies using the arts as a point of entry and is managed by Arts Midwest on behalf of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations.

- Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert - The Museum's acclaimed ensemble performs a program inspired by the galleries: Strauss's Four Pieces for Piano Quartet; Sulkhan Tsintsadze's Miniatures for String Quartet; Vache Sharafyan's Adumbrations of the Peacock for Piano Quartet (2003); the world premiere of a work by ensemble member and composer Colin Jacobsen; and Shostakovich's Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57. The musicians include Colin Jacobsen and Jesse Mills, violins; Nicholas Cords, viola; Edward Arron, cello; and Andrew Armstrong, piano. This concert is generously supported by the Brodsky Family Foundation. Saturday, December 17, 2011, at 7:00 p.m.

- Kayhan Kalhor - The internationally acclaimed virtuoso on the kamancheh (Persian bowed string instrument), known for his collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project, is a three-time Grammy nominee. For his only solo New York performance of the season, he performs an evening of traditional Persian music. Saturday, January 28, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.

- Fazil Say - The acclaimed Turkish pianist and composer, known for his work with jazz as well as classical repertoire, performs a program featuring, in addition to Janá?ek's Piano Sonata and Prokofiev's Piano Sonata No. 7, a number of his own works: Black Earth, Three Ballades, Paganini Jazz Variations, Inside Serail, Alla Turca Jazz, and Summertime Variations. Friday, April 20, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.

- Jordi Savall - The "early music superstar" (The New York Times) returns to the Metropolitan Museum with "La Lira D'Espéria," a program of dances, lamentos, and stampitte in the Mediterranean cultures. Jordi Savall performs on the rebab, vielle, and lira, and is joined by Dimitri Psonis playing santur, morisca, and percussion. Thursday, June 14, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.

- Cirène - An ensemble of some of New York's best young artists - led by violinist Colin Jacobsen (Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert, The Knights, Brooklyn Rider) - Cirène reimagines timeless tales from around the world and crafts them into presentations of dance, music, and live painting and animation. For this family concert inspired by the new galleries, folktales of the region will be set to original music, dance, and live animation. Saturday, June 16, 2012, at 3:00 p.m.

CONCERTS COMPLEMENTING EXHIBITIONS & COLLECTION

- Angélique Kidjo - Saturday, October 1, 2011, at 7:00 p.m.
Exhibition: Heroic Africans: Legendary Leaders, Iconic Sculptures
Called "Africa's premier diva" by Time magazine, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo performs traditional folk songs from her native Benin with her fellow countryman Lionel Loueke, guitar. The rich multicultural heritage of Benin (formerly Dahomey) is brought to life with Kidjo's unique blend of Zilin vocal technique and jazz vocalese.
The exhibition, on view September 20, 2011 - January 29, 2012, will consider eight landmark sculptural traditions from West and Central Africa created between the 13th and early 20th century in terms of the individuals who inspired their creation. The exhibition is made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Ceil & Michael E. Pulitzer Foundation, Inc. The exhibition was organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in collaboration with the Museum Rietberg, Zurich.

- Vince Giordano - Friday, October 21, 2011, at 7:00 p.m.
Exhibition: Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O'Keeffe
Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks will rediscover musical gems of Scott Joplin, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, and others who, with New York City as their backdrop, wrote ragtime, pop, Broadway, jazz, and early film music.
The exhibition, on view October 13, 2011 - June 2, 2012, is the first large-scale presentation of paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints from Alfred Stieglitz's collection, acquired by the Metropolitan in 1949.

- Patti Smith - Friday, December 2, 2011, at 7:00 p.m.
Exhibition: Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O'Keeffe
Patti Smith, Jesse Smith, and friends will salute Alfred Stieglitz and his circle, focusing on his collaborative relationship with Georgia O'Keeffe. The rock icon performs her ninth concert at the Metropolitan Museum in a program devoted to the role of artist and muse.
The exhibition, on view October 13, 2011 - June 2, 2012, is the first large-scale presentation of paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints from Alfred Stieglitz's collection, acquired by the Metropolitan in 1949.

- Thomas Hampson, Baritone - Sunday, January 22, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in The Charles Engelhard Court, The American Wing
New American Wing Galleries for Paintings, Sculpture, and Decorative Arts
Great American baritone Thomas Hampson and pianist Craig Rutenberg present "Song of America," a panorama of American song, with music by Copland, Barber, Ives, Hopkinson, Griffes, Thomson, and others. This is Hampson's only New York recital of the season.
The new galleries, the final stage of the renovation of the American Wing, open January 16, 2012.

- TENET - Friday, February 3, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.
Exhibition: The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini
One of New York's preeminent early music ensembles, TENET performs "Portraits in Song: Renaissance Italy from Ciconia to Petrucci," a program of songs and instrumental music from 15th-century Italian composers, featuring lyric poetry on themes of love, desire, and more. Jolle Greenleaf, soprano and the ensemble's artistic director, is joined by Ryland Angel, countertenor; Jason McStoots and Aaron Sheehan, tenors; Jesse Blumberg, baritone; Grant Herreid, plectrum lute; Scott Metcalfe, vielle and harp; and Debra Nagy, recorder, douçaine, and harp.
The exhibition, on view December 21, 2011 - March 18, 2012, brings together paintings, medals, drawings, and sculpture that testify to the new vogue for and uses of portraiture in 15th-century Italy.


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