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SONIC BLOSSOM, WAVE MOVEMENTS Coming Up at the Met Museum This Month

Lee Mingwei's interactive performance work Sonic Blossom (2015) is set for Sunday, November 8, during Museum hours in the Blanche and A. L. Levine Court (Gallery 915) and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Gallery 206) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

"May I give you the gift of a song?" This question is at the heart of artist Mingwei's interactive performance work Sonic Blossom. In the Met's galleries for modern and contemporary art, as well as for Asian art, singers from Manhattan School of Music will approach Museum visitors at random with the query. If your answer is "yes," the vocalist will perform a Schubert lied. Mingwei compares the sporadic performances to "the folding and unfolding of a 'Sonic Blossom.'"

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Gallery 206): November 1-5
Blanche and A. L. Levine Court (Gallery 915): November 6-8

This program is made possible by the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan (R.O.C.) and Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York. This performance is presented in collaboration with Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) and Manhattan School of Music.

Free with Museum admission.

Wave Movements (U.S. Premiere) is set for Friday, November 6, and Saturday, November 7, at 7:00 p.m. in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium. Composed by Richard Reed Parry and Bryce Dessner, with film by Hiroshi Sugimoto, Wave Movements is presented as part of CONTACT!, The New York Philharmonic's New-Music Series. Featuring André de Ridder, conductor, and Estelí Gomez, soprano.

A new collaborative work composed by Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire and Bryce Dessner of The National for chamber orchestra and film takes as its inspiration the wave cycles of the world's oceans. The music, composed directly to the actual rhythms of waves, is performed in sync with a film made by photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto, who created an iconic series of seascapes in the 1980s. Also on the program is Thomas Adès's imaginative Chamber Symphony.

This performance is co-commissioned by Met Museum Presents and the Barbican Centre, Edinburgh International Festival, Cork Opera House, Sydney Festival, and Saint-Denis Festival. It is presented in collaboration with the New York Philharmonic.

Tickets start at $50. Part of MetFridays: New York's Night Out.

For tickets and information, visit www.metmuseum.org/tickets or call 212-570-3949. Tickets are also available at the Great Hall Box Office, which is open Monday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tickets include admission to the Museum on day of performance. Prices are subject to change.

Bring the Kids for $1 tickets www.metmuseum.org/events/programs/concerts-and-performances/bring-the-kids for children (ages 7-16) are available for select performances when accompanied by an adult with a full-price ticket.

For more information, visit www.metmuseum.org/tickets, call 212-570-3949, or visit the box office. For more information about Met Museum Presents, visit www.metmuseum.org/tickets. For more information about MetFridays: New York's Night Out at www.metmuseum.org/events/programs/met-fridays.

Enjoy a pre-performance drink in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium. Doors will open approximately one hour prior to the event and you may purchase a drink and relax in your seat prior to the show.

The live arts series at The Metropolitan Museum of Art that explores contemporary innovations through the lens of the Museum's exhibitions and unparalleled gallery spaces with singular performances and talks. Met Museum Presents invites artists, performers, curators, and thought-leaders to explore and collaborate within the Met, leading with groundbreaking commissions, world premieres, and site-specific durational performances.



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