1913: The World Implodes
Europe was on the verge of committing suicide; Africa burst into Western consciousness; technology was on a dizzying trajectory; music was losing its grip on tonality, slipping loudly into entropy. Two monumental works were premiered within eight months of each other: Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.
To put this striking period into context—and perhaps find parallels with our own time—Met Museum Presents offers a series of four conversations and two concerts.
American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME)
Saturday, November 2nd, 7:00 pm: $40
"One of New York’s brightest new music indie-bands" —Time Out New York
ACME, which the New York Times describes as "vital," "brilliant," and "electrifying," continues the series with Schoenberg’s seminal Pierrot Lunaire, featuring acclaimed actress Barbara Sukowa (Hannah Arendt), along with a new companion piece selected specifically for this series.
Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire (1912) and selections from Caroline Shaw's Ritornello (2013). Shaw is the 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner in Music, and the youngest ever to win the prize.
Saturday, November 9th, 7:00 pm: $40
"When the music ends, if you’re not deeply moved by the depth of Kohlberg’s insight, you might want to check your pulse." —NPR
From the seeds of one of the world’s most enduring conflicts comes an inspiring musical collaboration, as two pianists create an alliance that their nations are yet to enjoy. Yaron Kohlberg and Bishara Haroni, the preeminent pianists of their generation in their respective homelands—Israel and Palestine—perform two compositions separated by 100 years.
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 (1813) and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring (1913) arranged for two pianos, four hands.
Single tickets: $40
Series of two: $70
Tickets to this event include Museum admission.
Bring the kids! $1 tickets are available for children (ages 7-16) accompanied by an adult with a full-price ticket on select performances.
Image above: ACME © Ryuehi Shindo; Duo Amal courtesy Aviv Productions.
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