THE GRAND TOUR and JOHN ZORN Celebration Set for the Met Museum, Sept 2013
Note the following updated program and artist information for two Met Museum Presents events: The Grand Tour (Sept. 17-18) and John Zorn-A Museum-Wide Celebration (Sept. 28). Details below!
The Grand Tour
This unprecedented evening, which celebrates the reinstallation of the Museum's New European Paintings Galleries, 1250-1800, takes groups of audience members into four different galleries to experience, one after another, four different 20-minute programs by some of the world's leading early music artists. Ensembles Tenet, Dark Horse Consort, and Quicksilver, and harpsichordist Jory Vinikour perform music that harmonizes with the content of the individual galleries.
Please note: On September 17 only, the concert will begin with a performance by TENET, Dark Horse Consort, and Quicksilver, of a short work, "Dancksaget dem Vater" ("Give Thanks to the Father") by Johann Rosenmüller, in the Great Hall.
A program of highlights from the extraordinarily rich repertoire of Italian madrigals published in 16th-century Venice. Music printing was born in Venice in 1501 and the city became home to the leading publishers of music. This program samples the brilliant repertoire of polyphonic vocal music. One of New York's preeminent vocal ensembles, TENET, under artistic director Jolle Greenleaf, is winning acclaim for its innovative programming, virtuosic singing, and command of repertoire that spans the Middle Ages to the present. www.tenetnyc.com
Performers: Jolle Greenleaf and Molly Quinn, sopranos; Owen McIntosh, alto; Jason McStoots, tenor; Hank Heijink, lute; Scott Metcalfe, harp
Program: Works by Luca Marenzio, Giaches de Wert, and Claudio Monteverdi
DARK HORSE CONSORT in the Evelyn Borchard Metzger Gallery featuring Dutch paintings from The Benjamin Altman Collection
Renaissance instrumental music from wind-band manuscripts by Tylman Susato, Jacob Obrecht, Nicolas Gombert, and Orlande de Lassus. Much like their counterparts in the art world, the composers from the low countries were sought after by every court and cathedral in Europe. How better to appreciate the new techniques in brushwork than with its counterpart in counterpoint? The Dark Horse Consort is an ensemble dedicated to the brass music of the early 17th century. http://darkhorseconsort.org
Performers: Kiri Tollaksen and Alexandra Opsahl, cornettos; Greg Ingles, Erik Schmalz, and Mack Ramsey, sackbuts
Program: Works by Jacob Obrecht, Tylman Susato, Nicolas Gombert, Orlande de Lassus, and Giaches de Wert
QUICKSILVER in Baroque Painting in Italy Gallery
A program of mannerist, experimental sonatas in the 17th-century "modern style." Led by violinists Robert Mealy and Julie Andrijeski, Quicksilver brings together leading historically-informed performers in America today; they released a recording, Stile Moderno: New Music from the Seventeenth Century, in 2011. http://quicksilverbaroque.com
Performers: Robert Mealy and Julie Andrijeski, violins; Avi Stein, harpsichord; and Charles Weaver, theorbo and guitar
Program: Works by Giovanni Paolo Cima, Dario Castello, Giovanni Battista Fontana, and Johann Kaspar Kerll
JORY VINIKOUR, HARPSICHORD, in History, Portraits, and Genre in Eighteenth-Century France Gallery
Harpsichordist Vinikour performs music of Louis and François Couperin and Rameau, whose work brings a unique harmonic sense and unparalleled virtuosity to repertoire for that instrument. Jory Vinikour is recognized as one of the outstanding harpsichordists of his generation. His 2012 recording of the complete harpsichord works of Rameau received a Grammy nomination for best classical instrumental solo recording. www.joryvinikour.com
Program: Works by Louis Couperin, François Couperin, Jean Philippe Rameau
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:
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
3:00 p.m.: Melanesia Gallery 354
Dark River - William Winant, Alex Lipowski, percussion
3:12 p.m.: Melanesia Gallery 354
Gri Gri - William Winant, percussion
4:00 p.m.: The School of Paris Gallery 901 featuring Balthus' The Mountain
Earthspirit- Jane Sheldon, Mellissa Hughes, Kirsten Sollek, vocalists
5:00 p.m.: The Vélez Blanco Patio
Mycale - Masada: Book of Angels - Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, Sofia Rei, Malika Zarra, Sara Serpa, vocalists
6:00 p.m.: British Eighteenth-Century Painting Gallery 629
(This performance is inspired by Pieter van Laer, called Il Bamboccio, Magic Scene with Self-Portrait (L.2006.30) located in adjacent Dutch History Painting Gallery 631)
The Alchemist - Pauline Kim and Jesse Mills, violin; Dave Fulmer, viola; Jay Campbell, cello
8:00 p.m.: The Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Arms and Armor Court
The Hermetic Organ: Office No. 10 - John Zorn, organ (on the Appleton Organ of the Musical Instruments Collection)
5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: The Tomb of Perneb Gallery 100
IAO by John Zorn
5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: Patti Cadby Birch Gallery for Art from Spain, North Africa, and the Western Mediterranean Gallery 457
Shanir Blumenkranz, Solo oud
For tickets, 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 11-3:30. Tickets include admission to the Museum on day of performance.
30 & Under Rush: $15 tickets for ticket buyers 30 years and younger, with proof of age, the day of the event on select performances (subject to availability). For more information, visit www.metmuseum.org/tickets call 212-570-3949, or visit the box office.
Bring the Kids!: $1 tickets for children (ages 7-16) for select performances when accompanied by an adult with a full-price ticket (subject to availability). For more information, visit www.metmuseum.org/tickets call 212-570-3949, or visit the box office.