Posted: Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Composers of opera and orchestral music have always been able to draw from the never-ending well of great literature to convey a wealth of emotion and overtly programmatic elements (Benjamin Britten's operas The Turn of the Screw, Death in Venice, and Billy Budd; Richard Strauss's tone poem Don Juan; Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture), but instrumental chamber music seldom gains access to such source material. Chief among these few rare examples are the two string quartets of the Czech composer Leoš Janáček (1854–1928), with each quartet using the written word as a resource for conveying both mood and emotion while still maintaining their primary role as abstract music.
Posted: Thursday, December 4, 2014
The Met's famous Christmas tree and Neapolitan Baroque crèche holds a special place in the hearts of generations of New Yorkers, as has the Met's holiday concert series. Over the past three seasons, Met Museum Presents has remixed the traditional offerings in order to provide a wider variety of engaging performances. By invigorating classical programs with contemporary music performed by eclectic ensembles, introducing pop-up performances (which are free with Museum admission!), and presenting several New York premieres, Met Museum Presents offers something for just about every musical preference, with performances taking place on most days throughout December.
Posted: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Few composers have an output of chamber music with such singular impact as Franz Joseph Haydn's string quartet cycle. The sixty-eight quartets, written over the course of nearly forty years, are so revered in the musical canon that the composer has become well known as the "Father of the String Quartet." As part of their yearlong relationship with the Museum, Attacca Quartet—the Met Museum Presents 2014–15 Quartet in Residence—will perform two concerts of Haydn's music which will include three quartets as well as the string-quartet version of the transformative Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross, presented with an evocative video environment by Ofri Cnaani.
Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
This morning, Director Thomas P. Campbell announced the 2014–15 season of performances and talks at the Met programmed by Concerts and Lectures General Manager, Limor Tomer. The third year of Met Museum Presents programming by Tomer, this new season will include groundbreaking commissions, New York premieres, and adventurous performances in iconic galleries—something our audiences have come to expect at the Met. A thrilling "new normal."