The Metropolitan Museum Announces 2012-13 Season of Performances and Talks, Renamed 'Met Museum Presents'

The Metropolitan Museum Announces 2012-13 Season of Performances and Talks, Renamed 'Met Museum Presents'

The Metropolitan Museum of Art today unveiled the 2012-13 season of Met Museum Presents, its newly-renamed series of performances and talks. This is the first full season to be programmed by Concerts & Lectures General Manager Limor Tomer, who assumed her post at the Met in July 2011. The program offers interpretations of and reflections on the Museum's collection, special exhibitions, and tradition through the work of some of today's most celebrated composers and performing artists.

"As singular artistic statements and critical entry points to the Met's collections, these events herald the fresh energy that Limor Tomer brings to this important part of our work," said Metropolitan Museum Director Thomas P. Campbell. "Indeed, this bold, innovative season has emerged directly from the creative dialogue that she has encouraged between curators and performers. It is a program that will surely excite audiences to explore the Met in all sorts of new ways."

Among the wide-ranging offerings are:
Season-opening event with rock legend Patti Smith saluting Andy Warhol in conjunction with the exhibition Regarding Warhol: Fifty Artists, Fifty Years
Composer Tan Dun's 70-minute adaptation of the Chinese opera Peony Pavilion, which will take place in the Museum's Astor Court in conjunction with an exhibition devoted to Chinese garden imagery in painting and the decorative arts
Concerts featuring rare instruments of the famed Sau Wing Lam Collection, one of the most important collections of Western string instruments, played by the Salomé Chamber Orchestra in conjunction with a display of instruments from that collection
Framing Beethoven, eight events over 10 days, featuring England's Endellion String Quartet performing the complete string quartets, and talks by curators on Beethoven's role in the emergence of the Romantic era

Holiday concerts in the Medieval Sculpture Hall including David Lang's Little Match Girl Passion performed by The Crossing, Christopher Taylor playing Messiaen's Vingt regards sur l'enfant-Jésus, Alla Francesca, the JACK Quartet, Chanticleer, the Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine, and more
The fourth season of the New York Philharmonic's CONTACT! series and the 10th anniversary season of Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert
A 75th birthday celebration for jazz saxophone legend Charles Lloyd
Talks with Fareed Zakaria, Tan Dun, and others
Gallery tours with Bill T. Jones, Miguel Gutierrez, and others

"In creating the first Met Museum Presents season," said Limor Tomer, Concerts & Lectures General Manager, "I realized that the greatest resource at our disposal-and what makes this job so exciting-is the Met Museum itself. I worked closely with the Met's brilliant curators to develop a program informed by and grounded in the Met's enviable intellectual and physical infrastructure. The events in this series aspire to be absolutely unique to the Met-they resonate with and illuminate this global, encyclopedic, and iconic institution." Limor Tomer was formerly executive producer for music at 105.9 FM WQXR and Adjunct Curator for Performing Arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Tickets for the Met Museum Presents 2012-13 season of events are available now.