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Metropolitan Museum Concerts
March 2012

Metropolitan Museum Concerts Announces Two New Ticket Discount Programs
30 & Under Rush:
 $15 tickets for ticket buyers 30 years and younger, with proof of age, the day of the event (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) 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.

* Max Raabe & Palast Orchester Perform a Program Drawing from Their New Album One Cannot Kiss Alone
* Cappella Romana Performs Medieval Byzantine Music for the Easter Season in Conjunction with the Exhibition
Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition
* Pacifica Quartet and
Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert

And:
Historian David McCullough & Curator Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser Talk About “The Paris Years of Five American Masters”

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
Tuesday-Saturday 10-5:00 and Sunday noon-5:00.
Group discount tickets are available for some events; call 212-570-3949.
Tickets include admission to the Museum on day of performance.


Saturday, March 3, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. – Max Raabe & Palast Orchester: “One Cannot Kiss Alone”
This new show from the über-suave Max Raabe and his Palast Orchester presents the elegant high style and musical glory of the 1920s and 1930s, and songs from their new album One Cannot Kiss Alone. Weimar-era classics will be performed alongside modern love songs, and all will be imbued with the ensemble’s signature consummate mix of irony, melancholy, and wit. Blended throughout is Max’s narrative banter and playfully imperious charm that have wooed audiences worldwide.
This concert is supported by the estate of Kathryn Walter Stein.
Founded in 1986 by the charismatic baritone Max Raabe, Max Raabe & Palast Orchester has been heard by adoring audiences throughout the United States and in cities including Shanghai, Paris, Berlin, Moscow, Tokyo, Vienna, Amsterdam, Rome, and Tel Aviv, performing more than 100 concerts a year.
Max Raabe captures this timeless music with debonair charm and wit. A singer of incredible range, he has a singular ability to capture the cunning rasp of the cabaret singer, the confident belcanto hero, the oily melodiousness of the revue beau, the carefree timbre of early jazz, and the falsetto of ragtime, all backed by his stellar 12-member band, many of whom have been with him from the beginning. Max Raabe's art lies in revealing the enigmatic intelligence, ambiguity, musical power and complexity of the "German chansons" from the turbulent Weimar Republic. In his amazing performances he keenly reminds us that between melancholy and irony, rebellion and resignation, elegy and slapstick there is often only half a measure, sometimes just a single note or a mere word.
www.palast-orchester.de/en
Tickets: $45

Saturday, March 10, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. - Pacifica Quartet
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.
This sixth and final program features the Quartets No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 18; No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59; and No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135.
This series is supported in part by the Grace Jarcho Ross and Daniel G. Ross Concert Fund.
Having performed the complete Shostakovich string quartets at the Metropolitan Museum last season, the Pacifica has embarked on a four-volume series of studio recordings. The Soviet Experience: String Quartets by Dmitri Shostakovich and his Contemporaries. Volume 1, just released, offers Shostakovich’s Quartets Nos. 5-8, plus Nikolai Miaskovsky’s String Quartet No. 13. Recognized for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style, and often daring repertory choices, the Pacifica Quartet has carved out a compelling and critically lauded musical path.  In addition to the Musical America Ensemble of the Year 2009 Award, and a 2009 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance, the Pacifica Quartet has swept top awards in the U.S. and abroad, including the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2006, making the Pacifica only the second chamber music ensemble to be selected.  Formed in 1994, the ensemble quickly began to win top prizes in leading international competitions, including the 1998 Naumburg Chamber Music Award. 
The members of the Pacifica Quartet live in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, where they were appointed to the faculty of the University of Illinois in 2004 and now serve as Faculty Quartet in Residence. They are also resident performing artists at the University of Chicago and the Longy School in Massachusetts. The Pacifica Quartet was instrumental in creating the Music Integration Project, an innovative program that provides musical performances and teacher training to inner-city elementary schools. The quartet originated on the West Coast, where it first performed together, and takes its name from the Pacific Ocean. Throughout their journey as a string quartet, its members continually strive to be “Distinct as the billows/yet one as the sea” (James Montgomery).   www.pacificaquartet.com
Tickets: $45 (Bring the Kids! $1 tickets available)

Friday, March 30, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.- Cappella Romana – “Desert and City:Medieval Byzantine Music of the Holy Land”
Cappella Romana, the vocal chamber ensemble devoted to exploration of the early and contemporary musical traditions of the Christian East and West, performs “Desert and City: Medieval Byzantine Music of the Holy Land,” a program of music of the Easter season composed in and around Jerusalem during the seventh to ninth centuries by the city’s great church fathers of the period. It also features excerpts of the Great Vespers for the Feast of St. Catherine of Alexandria as it might have been celebrated in the Sinai, Egypt, during the 15th century.
This concert is inspired by Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition, on view March 14–July 8, 2012. Major support has been provided by Mary and Michael Jaharis, The Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and The Hagop Kevorkian Fund. Additional support has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
Cappella Romana, founded in 1991, is a vocal chamber ensemble dedicated to combining passion with scholarship in its exploration of the musical traditions of the Christian East and West, with emphasis on early and contemporary music. Cappella Romana’s name refers to the medieval Greek concept of the Roman oikoumene (inhabited world), which embraced Rome and Western Europe, as well as the Byzantine Empire of Constantinople ("New Rome") and its Slavic commonwealth. Each program in some way reflects the musical, cultural and spiritual heritage of this ecumenical vision.
Flexible in size according to the demands of the repertory, Cappella Romana is one of the Pacific Northwest’s few professional chamber vocal ensembles. It has a special commitment to mastering the Slavic and Byzantine repertories in their original languages. Among the ensemble’s recordings: Tikey Zes Choral Works and When Augustus Reigned (Gagliano Records); The Akáthistos Hymn by Ivan Moody, Epiphany: Medieval Byzantine Chant, and Gothic Pipes: The Earliest Organ Music (Gothic); Music of Byzantium (in cooperation with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, over 11,000 copies sold); Lay Aside All Earthly Cares: Music by Fr. Sergei Glagolev and The Fall of Constantinople (CR Records). Forthcoming recordings include the Fall of Constantinople, the Byzantine Divine Liturgy in English, the Divine Liturgy set by Peter Michaelides, and 15th-century music of Cyprus. www.capellaromana.org
Tickets: $35

Saturday, March 31, 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 inspired by and exhibition and new galleries.
This second concert in the ensemble’s series is inspired by the exhibition The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde, on view February 28—June 3, 2012. The exhibition is made possible by The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation and the Janice H. Levin Fund. Additional support provided by The Daniel and Estrellita Brodsky Foundation. The exhibition was organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Réunion des Musées Nationaux-Grand Palais, Paris. It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
The program features 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 are Colin Jacobsen and Laura Frautschi, violin; Nicholas Cords, viola; Edward Arron, cello; and Jeewon Park, piano. The final program in the series is May 12.
This series is generously supported by the Brodsky Family Foundation.
Tickets: $35 (Bring the Kids! $1 tickets available)


AMONG THE LECTURES IN MARCH 2012:

Thursday, March 1, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. – “The Paris Years of Five American Masters” with David McCullough & Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough reflects on his most recent book, The Greater Journey-Americans in Paris, and discusses the impact of the City of Lights on the lives and works of Samuel F.B. Morse, George P.A. Healy, Mary Cassatt, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and John Singer Sargent. Joining him in conversation about American paintings from the collection will be Curator Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser.
This program in honor of Marvin Schwartz has been made possible by the Jerome Levy Foundation.
Tickets: $25

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