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MET MUSEUM PRESENTS
MAY 2012

* Kronos Quartet with Tony Kushner, Marjane Satrapi, Rula Jebreal in Kick-Off Event for The PEN World Voices Festival
* Chanticleer and Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert Perform All-American Programs To Celebrate the New American Wing Galleries
* H. Barbara Weinberg on John Singer Sargent’s iconic Madame X

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.
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 (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.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. - Kronos Quartet: “Exit Strategies” with Tony Kushner, Marjane Satrapi, Rula Jebreal
The Metropolitan Museum collaborates with PEN World Voices Festival – one of the world’s biggest international literary gatherings – on the kickoff event of the Festival’s 2012 season at The Metropolitan Museum of Art with a performance by the Kronos Quartet (David Harrington and John Sherba, violins; Hank Dutt, viola; and Jeffrey Zeigler, cello) with noted writers Tony Kushner, Marjane Satrapi, and Rula Jebreal. The program features readings by the authors, interspersed with music, exploring the boundaries between music and the spoken word. www.pen.org/worldvoices
The emotional reach of music and the import of the written/spoken word amplify each other and bring a new meaning to both.
Presented in collaboration with the PEN World Voices Festival, the Fritt Ord Foundation of Oslo, and the Open Society Institute.
This event is made possible in part by the Cheswatyr Foundation Inc.
For nearly 40 years, the Kronos Quartet has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to expanding the range and context of the string quartet. In 2011, Kronos became the only recipient of both the Polar Music Prize and the Avery Fisher Prize, two of the most prestigious awards given to musicians. The group’s numerous awards also include a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance (2004) and “Musicians of the Year” (2003) from Musical America. www.kronosquartet.org
Tickets: $30

Thursday, May 3, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. - Chanticleer
The acclaimed vocal ensemble’s annual concert at the Metropolitan Museum features a program in honor of the completion of the American Wing renovation. Beginning with two works by Mexican composer Antonio de Salazar (1650-1715), the program proceeds to songs by William Walker, Samuel Barber, John Corigliano, and Eric Whitacre; features Steven Sametz’s Not an End of Loving, settings of three poems by Walt Whitman that the group premiered in 2010; and four selections from Stephen Paulus’s The Lotus Lovers, a 2011 work commissioned for Chanticleer by Mrs. Mary Rodgers and Mr. Henry Guettel. The program will conclude with a set of traditional songs and classics by Ellington, Rodgers & Hart, and Arlen.
The New American Wing Galleries for Paintings, Sculpture, and Decorative Arts, the final stage of the renovation of the American Wing, opened in January 2012.
Among Chanticleer’s season activities are a 10-country tour in early 2012 with return visits to Europe’s most renowned concert halls, including the Musikverein (Vienna), Béla Bartók Concert Hall (Budapest), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), and Philharmonic Hall (Vilnius). The season also includes Chanticleer’s performance on the soundtrack of the 10th-anniversary release by Microsoft of its legendary video game Halo, the ensemble’s first live film score performance. www.chanticleer.org
The Charles Engelhard Court, The American Wing
Tickets: $65

Saturday, May 12, 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 this concert, Edward Arron, its artistic director, has crafted a program in honor of the completion of the American Wing renovation: Amy Beach’s Dreaming for Cello and Piano (1892/1937); Henry Cowell’s Seven Paragraphs for String Trio (1925); John Adams’s Shaker Loops for String Septet (1978); and Dvorák’s String Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 97, “American.” The musicians include Jennifer Frautschi and Laura Frautschi, violins; Colin Jacobsen, violin and viola; Nicholas Cords, viola; Edward Arron and Eric Jacobsen, cello; Kurt Muroki, bass; and Bernard Rose, piano.
This series is generously supported by the Brodsky Family Foundation.
The New American Wing Galleries for Paintings, Sculpture, and Decorative Arts, the final stage of the renovation of the American Wing, opened in January 2012.
Tickets: $35
*Bring the Kids! $1 tickets available
*30 & Under Rush $15 tickets subject to availability


LECTURE HIGHLIGHT IN MAY 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. - John Singer Sargent’s Endlessly Fascinating Madame X
Sargent’s extraordinary Madame X (Madame Pierre Gautreau), which has intrigued and challenged viewers ever since its debut in the 1884 Paris Salon, is an icon of style and sophistication. H. Barbara Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, explores the portrait’s creation, exhibition, and presence in scholarship and popular culture.
This program is made possible by the Clara Lloyd-Smith Weber Fund.
Tickets: $25

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