MetLiveArts Presents February Performances

This February at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MetLiveArts includes The Lincoln Family Album with actors Kathleen Chalfant and Rufus Collins; the male vocal quintet, Profeti della Quinta, performing the works of Claudio Monteverdi and Salomone Rossi; Gerald Clayton Quartet in an evening that celebrates 100 years of jazz standards and love songs, as part of MetFridays; and Quartet in Residence, PUBLIQuartet, returns to The Met with a program exploring, What is "American music"? with Jessie Montgomery's Banner.

MetLiveArts: February Performances

The Lincoln Family Album

Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, 7 pm, The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

Actress Kathleen Chalfant as Mary Todd Lincoln

Rufus Collins as Abraham Lincoln

Harold Holzer, historian

Explore one of the most misunderstood yet fascinating White House relationships: that of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln. They struggled with death, war, and disagreement, and endured civil wars at home and in their fractured country. With words taken entirely from the couple's writings, Kathleen Chalfant (Broadway's Angels in America, Netflix's House of Cards, and Showtime's The Affair) and Rufus Collins (Broadway's The Royal Family) bring their story to life, with historian Harold Holzer providing narration, context, and illustrations.

Tickets start at $40.

Love and Jazz

Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, 7 pm, The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

Gerald Clayton Quartet

Dee Dee Bridgewater, vocals

Terence Blanchard, trumpet

New Orleans jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard and three-time Grammy-
winning singer Dee Dee Bridgewater channel Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald-both born in 1917-in a celebration of 100 years of jazz standards and love songs. Pianist and jazz family scion Gerald Clayton leads the tribute.

Free with Museum admission. Advance registration is required.

What Is American?: PUBLIQuartet & Orchestra

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, 7 pm, The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

What does "American music" really mean? PUBLIQuartet leads a conductorless orchestra in collaboration with the Mannes School of Music, reworking American string quartet pieces for chamber orchestra and using full ensemble improvisation to question the definition and image of "American music." Featured in this concert are works by living composers, including New Yorker Jessie Montgomery's daring Banner, based on the national anthems of America's immigrants and indigenous peoples.

Tickets start at $40.

PUBLIQuartet is the 2016-17 Quartet in Residence.

The Father of Opera and His Jewish Coeval with Profeti della Quinta

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, 7 pm, The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

Profeti della Quinta, a superb male vocal quintet founded in Galilee, performs the work of two giants of Italian music: one Catholic and hugely famous, one Jewish and utterly forgotten. Claudio Monteverdi "invented" opera; Salomone Rossi-Monteverdi's contemporary in age, education, and stature-revolutionized Jewish concert music with compositions for Hebrew prayers. Hear the works of these two great Italian composers side by side.

Tickets start at $50.

Judy Collins-A Love Letter to Stephen Sondheim

Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24 and 25, 2017, 7 pm, The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

The beloved Judy Collins brings her distinctive vocal style to The Met for two evenings of Sondheim. It's a perfect pairing: her pure, expressive voice; his penetrating, bittersweet lyrics and melodies. From "Send in the Clowns" (a huge hit for Judy Collins, and the only Sondheim song to crack the charts) to the lesser-known corners of his repertoire.

Tickets start at $75.

For tickets and information, visit or call 212-570-3949. Tickets are also available at the Great Hall Box Office, which is open Monday-
Saturday, 11 am-3:30 pm

Tickets include admission to the Museum on day of performance.

Prices are subject to change.

Bring the Kids for $1 tickets for children (ages 7-16) are available for all performances (unless specifically noted) when accompanied by an adult with a full-price ticket. For MetLiveArts: February Performances more information, visit, call 212-570-3949, or visit the box office.

About MetLiveArts

The critically acclaimed performance series at The Metropolitan Museum of Art commissions and presents contemporary performance through the lens of the Museum's exhibitions and gallery spaces. MetLiveArts invites artists, performers, curators, and thought-leaders to create groundbreaking new work, including live and digital performances, as well as site-specific durational performances that have been named some of the most "memorable" and "best of" performances in New York City by the New York Times, New Yorker, and Broadway World.


PUBLIQuartet, Quartet in Residence

This residency is made possible by the Grace Jarcho Ross and Daniel G. Ross Concert Fund.

The Father of Opera and His Jewish Coeval with Profeti della Quinta

This performance is made possible in part by Martha Fleischman.

(Photo Credit: Met Museum)

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