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Metropolitan Museum Concerts Announces
Additions to its Spring 2011 Season

Shen Wei Dance Arts Creates Dance Inspired by Sculpture in the American Wing

• U.S. Premiere of Philip Glass String Quartet No. 5

• Steve Miller and John Pizzarelli Perform Concerts in Conjunction with the Exhibition Guitar Heroes: Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York

• William Bolcom, Joan Morris & Robert White Perform Memories of World War II

• Emerson String Quartet & Menahem Pressler Together, Odair Assad in Recital

• John Lithgow Presents a Family Concert, The Sunny Side of the Street

• Chinese Theatre Works Performs Little Red Riding Hood

• Deborah Voigt Talks with Nimet Habachy, Gilbert Kaplan Asks "Did New York Kill Gustav Mahler?"

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announces the addition of events to the 2010-2011 season of Metropolitan Museum Concerts, the esteemed series currently in its 57th year.

These new events include a site-specific new work inspired by the sculptures in the American Wing by the acclaimed Shen Wei Dance Arts; the U.S. premiere of Philip Glass's String Quartet No. 5, along with two recent works for violin and piano and a talk with the composer; two concerts presented in conjunction with the exhibition Guitar Heroes: Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York, including Steve Miller & Friends performing jazz, and the John Pizzarelli Quartet; a concert featuring pianist Menahem Pressler and the Emerson String Quartet, and guitarist Odair Assad performing music of Latino composers; William Bolcom, Joan Morris, and Robert White performing songs from America's wartime songbook; a Peking Opera interpretation of Little Red Riding Hood by Chinese Theatre Works, in both full-length and children's versions; and a family concert by the actor John Lithgow featuring songs from his Grammy-nominated recording The Sunny Side of the Street. Additional music talks include Nimet Habachy interviewing opera star Deborah Voigt, and a talk by Gilbert Kaplan, "Did New York Kill Gustav Mahler?"

These events join a spring roster that already includes the Pacifica Quartet performing the Shostakovich string quartets, the acclaimed PianoForte recital series that features artists Paul Lewis, Lise de la Salle, Nicholas Angelich, Nelson Freire, Jon Nakamatsu, and Simone Dinnerstein; chamber music from the Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert, Musicians from Marlboro, Itzhak Perlman, Richard Stoltzman and Sharon Isbin; and appearances by cabaret star Steve Ross, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, Dan Zanes & Friends, and the African Children's Choir.

ADDITIONS TO METROPOLITAN MUSEUM CONCERTS 2010-2011 SEASON

For tickets, call the Concerts & Lectures Department at 212-570-3949, or visit www.metmuseum.org/tickets, where updated schedules and programs are available. Tickets are also available at the Great Hall Box Office, which is open Tuesday-Saturday 10-5:00 and Sunday noon-5:00. Student and group discount tickets are available for some events; call 212-570-3949. Tickets include admission to the Museum on day of performance.

Saturday, February 5, 2011, at 3:00 p.m. - Chinese Theatre Works: Little Red Riding Hood
Children's Version

The New York-based company Chinese Theatre Works performs this classic fairy tale in a Peking opera adaptation, with English dialogue and Chinese song, dance, and acrobatics. This afternoon performance is a one-hour children's version of the production, performed entirely in English to a pre-recorded score.
This program is made possible by The Freeman Foundation.
Tickets: $15

Saturday, February 5, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. - Chinese Theatre Works: Little Red Riding Hood
The New York-based company Chinese Theatre Works performs this classic fairy tale in a Peking opera adaptation, with English dialogue and Chinese song, dance, and acrobatics. This full-length performance features live music and a pre-concert talk.
Chinese Theatre Works, founded in 2001, is a company is made up of classically trained Chinese opera artists and skilled puppeteers, reflecting a commitment to maintaining the highest artistic standards in the Chinese traditional performing arts.
These Chinese Theatre Works events are presented in conjunction with The Emperor's Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City, February 1, 2011 – May 1, 2011. The exhibition was organized by the Peabody Essex Museum in partnership with the Palace Museum, and in cooperation with World Monuments Fund and has been made possible through generous support from the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and American Express. Additional support was provided by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the Freeman Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and ECHO (Education through Cultural & Historical Organizations).
Tickets: $30

Saturday, February 12, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. - Steve Miller & Friends: Celebrating the Jazz Guitar
Rock artist Steve Miller was close friends with the luthier James D'Aquisto (1935-1995), whose archtop guitars were prized by great jazz artists. In honor of D'Aquisto, one of the craftsmen whose work is featured in the exhibition Guitar Heroes: Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York, Miller and friends will perform an evening of jazz.
This concert is presented in conjunction with Guitar Heroes: Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York, February 9, 2011 – July 4, 2011. The exhibition is made possible in part by Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Chilton, Jr.
Tickets: $55

Sunday, February 13, 2011, at 3:00 p.m. - Odair Assad, Guitar
Brazilian guitarist Odair Assad performs a program of music by Latin composers, including Barrios' Chôro da Saudade; Villa-Lobos's Estudos Nos. 10 and 12; Piazzolla's Invierno porteño; Gismonti's Memoria e fado; and a work by his brother, guitarist Sergio Assad: Seis brevidades.
Tickets: $40

Thursday, March 31, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. - John Pizzarelli Quartet
One of today's foremost jazz guitarists performs his interpretations of jazz standards with his quartet.
This concert is presented in conjunction with Guitar Heroes: Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York, February 9, 2011 – July 4, 2011. The exhibition is made possible in part by Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Chilton, Jr.
Tickets: $45

Saturday, April 2, 2011, at Noon and 3:00 p.m. - John Lithgow: The Sunny Side of the Street
Award-winning stage, film, and television star John Lithgow headlines a program based on his Grammy-nominated children's album of stories and music, The Sunny Side of the Street.
Tickets: $15

Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. - Emerson String Quartet & Menahem Pressler
Legendary pianist Menahem Pressler is joined by the Emerson String Quartet – Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, violin; Lawrence Dutton, viola; David Finckel, cello – for this program: two solo piano works, Beethoven's Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110, and Debussy's Estampes; and Dvorák's Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81.
Tickets: $50

Mondays, June 6 &13, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. - The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Series: Shen Wei Dance Arts
The award-winning choreographer Shen Wei, who choreographed the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, creates a site-specific dance inspired by the sculptures in the Metropolitan Museum's American Wing.
Hailed by The New York Times as "startlingly imaginative," Shen Wei Dance Arts creates interdisciplinary, cross-cultural performances. Each work develops an original dance vocabulary incorporating visual and storytelling elements from the theater, Chinese opera, Eastern philosophy, traditional and contemporary visual art, and sculpture. The result, at turns figurative and abstract, combines performance with strong scenic elements to create a "fascinating fantasy in movement" (Sydney Herald Sun).
Tickets: $25, $40 (With June 6 post-performance reception: $40, $55)

Friday, June 10. 2011, at 7:00 p.m. - Someone Talked! Memories of World War II
William Bolcom, Piano
Joan Morris, Mezzo-soprano
Robert White, Tenor
Hazen Schumacher, Narrator

Composer and pianist William Bolcom, his wife, the mezzo-soprano Joan Morris, and tenor Robert White join forces for a program of music from America's wartime songbook, with narration – telling stories of life on the battlefront and the home front during World War II.
Tickets: $35

Saturday, June 11, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. - Philip Glass and Franz Schubert
The Days and Nights Festival Players
In the run-up to Philip Glass's 75th birthday year in 2012, this concert features the U.S. premiere of the composer's String Quartet No. 5 (1991), and two recent works for violin and piano: Sonata for Violin & Piano (2008) and Pendulum for Violin and Piano (2010), performed the Days and Nights Festival Players, whose members include violinists Timothy Fain and Maria Bachmann, violist David Harding, and pianist Jon Klibonoff. A talk with Philip Glass and music consultant Richard Guérin precedes the concert.
Tickets: $45

Additional music talks in spring 2011:

Wednesday, January 19, 2011, at 2:30 p.m. - David Dubal: "Sergei Rachmaninoff: The Last Golden Rays of Romanticism"
Pianist, teacher, writer, and broadcaster David Dubal delves into the colorful and tragic life of Sergei Rachmaninoff. The lecture is illustrated with performances by students from The Juilliard School. Tickets: $23

Wednesdays, March 2, 9, 16, 2011, at 2:30 p.m. - David Dubal: "The Devil, The Lover and The Mystic: Three Romantic Apparitions"
Pianist, teacher, writer, and broadcaster David Dubal explores the lives and work of three larger-than-life composers – Niccolò Paganini, Franz Liszt, and Richard Wagner – in lectures illustrated with performances by students from The Juilliard School.
March 2: Niccolò Paganini, 1782-1840: "The Devil Tunes Up"
March 9: Franz Liszt, 1811 – 1886: "Don Juan and Abbé, A Tribute for His 200th Anniversary"
March 16: Richard Wagner, 1813-1883: "The Supreme Egoist, 'The World Owes Me What I Need'"
Tickets: $23

Friday, March 25, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. - Gilbert Kaplan: "Did New York Kill Gustav Mahler?"
After three years in New York, Gustav Mahler died at age 50. Join Gilbert Kaplan, one of the leading authorities on Mahler, for the story of this turbulent time: Mahler's triumphs at the Metropolitan Opera; his controversial appointment as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic; his powerful final symphonies; his battles with Toscanini for supremacy at the Met; and his famous encounter with Sigmund Freud. Mahler's wife Alma later claimed it was New York that killed Gustav Mahler. What really happened here?
Tickets: $25

Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at 2:30 p.m. - Marlene Barasch Strauss: "The Many Loves of Alma Mahler"
Art historian Marlene Barasch Strauss explores the romantic history of Alma Mahler – a brilliant, beautiful woman with an appeal that few men could resist – and the artistic world in which she lived. Alma Mahler captured the hearts of Gustave Klimt, Gustav Mahler, Oskar Kokoshka, Walter Gropius, and Franz Werfel, to name just a few, and the exquisite creations of the Wiener Werkstätte, the ground-breaking architecture and furnishings of the Bauhaus, and the tortured, expressionist paintings of Egon Schiele and Kokoshka were all part of her life.
Tickets: $25

Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. - An Evening with June LeBell and the Callaway Sisters
Broadcaster, lecturer, and American musical theater aficionada June LeBell hosts an event featuring the multi-talented cabaret and musical theater stars, sisters Liz Callaway and Ann Hampton Callaway, for a fun bit of sibling revelry.
Tickets: $25

Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. - Nimet Habachy: A Chat with Deborah Voigt
Writer and lecturer Nimet Habachy hosts a candid conversation with one of the world's leading dramatic sopranos, Deborah Voigt, who in the 2012 season will essay roles ranging from Wagner's Brünnhilde to two Wild West heroines: Puccini's pistol-packing Minnie in the centenary Metropolitan production of La Fanciulla del West and Irving Berlin's Annie Oakley in the Glimmerglass Opera production of Annie Get Your Gun.
Tickets: $25

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