Press release

Metropolitan Museum Announces 2012-13 Season of Performances and Talks, Newly Renamed "Met Museum Presents"

The Wide-ranging Series of Performance and Talk Events—Inspired by the Met’s Collections, Exhibitions, and Tradition—Includes a Residency by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, Tan Dun’s Peony Pavilion, Framing Beethoven with the Endellion String Quartet, The Sau Wing Lam Collection of Violins Played by the Salomé Chamber Orchestra, Charles Lloyd, Patti Smith, and More

(New York City, April 5, 2012)–The Metropolitan Museum of Art today unveiled the 2012-13 season of Met Museum Presents, its newly-renamed series of performances and talks. This is the first full season to be programmed by Concerts & Lectures General Manager Limor Tomer, who assumed her post at the Met in July 2011. The program offers interpretations of and reflections on the Museum’s collection, special exhibitions, and tradition through the work of some of today’s most celebrated composers and performing artists.

“As singular artistic statements and critical entry points to the Met’s collections, these events herald the fresh energy that Limor Tomer brings to this important part of our work,” said Metropolitan Museum Director Thomas P. Campbell. “Indeed, this bold, innovative season has emerged directly from the creative dialogue that she has encouraged between curators and performers. It is a program that will surely excite audiences to explore the Met in all sorts of new ways.”

Among the wide-ranging offerings are:
* Season-opening event with rock legend Patti Smith saluting Andy Warhol in conjunction with the exhibition Regarding Warhol: Fifty Artists, Fifty Years
* Composer Tan Dun’s 70-minute adaptation of the Chinese opera Peony Pavilion, which will take place in the Museum’s Astor Court in conjunction with an exhibition devoted to Chinese garden imagery in painting and the decorative arts
* Concerts featuring rare instruments of the famed Sau Wing Lam Collection, one of the most important collections of Western string instruments, played by the Salomé Chamber Orchestra in conjunction with a display of instruments from that collection
* Framing Beethoven, eight events over 10 days, featuring England’s Endellion String Quartet performing the complete string quartets, and talks by curators on Beethoven’s role in the emergence of the Romantic era

* Holiday concerts in the Medieval Sculpture Hall including David Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion performed by The Crossing, Christopher Taylor playing Messiaen’s Vingt regards sur l’enfant-Jésus, Alla Francesca, the JACK Quartet, Chanticleer, the Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine, and more
* The fourth season of the New York Philharmonic’s CONTACT! series and the 10th anniversary season of Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert
* A 75th birthday celebration for jazz saxophone legend Charles Lloyd
* Talks with Fareed Zakaria, Tan Dun, and others
* Gallery tours with Bill T. Jones, Miguel Gutierrez, and others

“In creating the first Met Museum Presents season,” said Limor Tomer, Concerts & Lectures General Manager, “I realized that the greatest resource at our disposal—and what makes this job so exciting—is the Met Museum itself. I worked closely with the Met’s brilliant curators to develop a program informed by and grounded in the Met's enviable intellectual and physical infrastructure. The events in this series aspire to be absolutely unique to the Met—they resonate with and illuminate this global, encyclopedic, and iconic institution." Limor Tomer was formerly executive producer for music at 105.9 FM WQXR and Adjunct Curator for Performing Arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Tickets for the Met Museum Presents 2012-13 season of events are available now—see details on page 14.

A major innovation in 2012-13 is the introduction of a performing artist residency. The Met Reframed is an unprecedented year-long multilayered artistic partnership that kicks off next season with Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, a composer, multimedia artist, writer, and DJ who has made music and art across a huge expanse of styles. Over the course of the year, Paul Miller will engage with a wide variety of audiences at the Met: in addition to five major performances, he will host a number of panel discussions, conversations, workshops, and gallery tours for audiences including New York City public school teachers, Met Museum curators and educators, young people, and the general public. Among the performance events are a newly commissioned work inspired by the upcoming exhibition Photography and the American Civil War; a concert inspired by Oceania’s musical legacy; a performance of DJ Spooky’s original re-score to the Korean film Madame Freedom with a film screening; and a participatory concert using DJ Spooky’s iPhone/iPad app.

In addition, the 2012-13 season introduces new enhancements for audiences, including:
* Web streaming of select events
* Post-concert receptions
* Print-at-home tickets
The recently initiated ticket discount programs—including 30 and Under $15 tickets, and Bring the Kids! $1 tickets—will continue for select events (see details on page 13).

In addition, a new collaboration between the Metropolitan Museum and WQXR will launch in the 2012-13 season featuring the recording, broadcasting, and streaming of a selection of concerts and events including performances by the Salomé Chamber Orchestra and holiday concerts by Chanticleer, the Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine, Christopher Taylor, Alla Francesca, the JACK Quartet, and the Vienna Boys Choir.

The Met Reframed: DJ Spooky in Residence
An unprecedented Metropolitan Museum artist residency, The Met Reframed is a year-long multilayered artistic partnership. It launches in the 2012-13 season with Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, a composer, multimedia artist, writer, and DJ. His recorded output includes remixes of music ranging from Wu-Tang Clan, Metallica, and Bob Marley to classical/new music legends Steve Reich and the Kronos Quartet, and he has DJ’ed major festivals including Bonnaroo and Power to the Peaceful. His work as a media artist has been featured at the Whitney Biennial, Venice Biennial, and Miami/Art Basel; and his first collection of essays, Rhythm Science, was released by MIT Press in 2004, followed by Sound Unbound, an anthology of writings on electronic music and digital media (MIT Press, 2008).

"For me, it's such an honor to work with the Met from the viewpoint of sampling,” says Paul D. Miller. “I want to make a vibrant reflection of this incredible collection of materials from all over the world. My residency will be a fun festival of ideas. From the South Pacific to Asia, from the Civil War to 3D photography, from Antarctica to environmental activism, I want to show that music and art are always in dialogue."

“Through engagement with our collection, living artists can animate gallery spaces, shed new light on the collection, and poetically transfer the power of artwork poetically to visitors,” said Limor Tomer. “Paul Miller is an omnivorous and articulate artist who connects deeply and emotionally with diverse audiences and can engage with many different types of communities. In many ways he is the ideal performer to inaugurate this program: his capacity for experimentation is very high, and his collaborative spirit supports collective ‘open source’ program design.”

During the year-long residency, from October 2012 through June 2013, Paul D. Miller will work with the Museum’s Education Department on events including workshops for teachers and gallery discussions for students and the public. He will also present five performance events:

Madame Freedom – Film screening with live performance of an original score
Friday, October 26, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Conversation with Soyoung Lee: Wednesday, October 24, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. in the Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall
In 2007, Paul D. Miller was commissioned by Art Center Nabi in Seoul, Korea, and the Korean American Film Festival in New York to re-score this classic 1956 film. As he explains, “In the 1950s, Korea went through a drastic modernization process. After the Korean War ended, South Korea was firmly embedded in a Western cultural sphere, families were put into radically unexpected contexts, and the rise of independent women changed the face of society. The film was viewed as a metaphor of the harmful westernization of all traditions in postwar Korea....”
Miller’s score for string quartet evokes jazz nightclubs of the 21st century, and his use of electronic music enhances the dynamic tensions in the story and foregrounds the visual rhythm of the film’s editing.
In a related event, Miller will talk with Soyoung Lee, Associate Curator in the Met’s Asian Art Department, about his score for the film. This event is supported by The Giorgio S. Sacerdote Fund.

The Nauru Elegies – A live performance/multimedia event
Friday, January 18, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Paul D. Miller: “The Republic of Nauru is a small island in the South Pacific Ocean. It was, by consensus of several ‘Great Powers,’ used as a raw resource until there was literally nothing left. Nauru has been mined throughout the last two centuries for its phosphate deposits, which occupied 90% of the island. A small territory with no [other] exploitable resources, Nauru in the 1990s turned to off-shore financing and the creation of ‘virtual banks’ as a way of earning sorely needed foreign currency. The Nauru Elegies posits that Nauru reflects many of the issues facing our contemporary information economy.
“The music component of The Nauru Elegies reflects colonial and postcolonial issues facing the digital economy of the 21st century translated into a string quartet, while the literary and multimedia component of the project spatializes and formalizes otherwise invisible economic flows and irreversible ecological devastation.
The Nauru Elegies is a technical synthesis of a live string ensemble, projected high-definition video footage, digital animation and live internet feed of GPS coordinates of specific aspects of the island and its physical and financial infrastructure. It is an orchestration of content retrieved and processed in multiple localities including research in New York City and documentation in Nauru. The Elegies are a statement of technology and media processes in the 21st century that is exponentially progressing to a more dematerialized and delocalized state.”

Of Water and Ice – A Concert of Compositions Based on Water and Arctic Rhythms
Saturday, March 23, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Of Water and Ice is a composition for string quartet and video that evolved from Paul D. Miller’s large-scale multimedia work Sinfonia Antarctica. Of Water and Ice is a music/video exploration of the composition of ice and water, and our relationship to the vanishing environment of the arctic poles.

World Premiere of New Work Relating to Photography and the American Civil War exhibition
Friday, May 10, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Working in tandem with Jeff L. Rosenheim, the Curator in Museum’s Department of Photographs, Paul D. Miller creates a music-video piece for string ensemble with live-mixed electronic music and video, using images from the exhibition Photography and the American Civil War, on view April 2–September 2, 2013.

Audience Participation Event Using DJ Spooky’s iPhone/iPad App
Friday, June 21, 2013, at 9:30 p.m. in the Great Hall
Paul D. Miller invites the audience to bring their iPhones and iPads and collectively mix a soundtrack for a listening party, using his iPhone/iPad app, in the Museum’s Great Hall. This app already has been downloaded by more than 250,000 users.

The Peony Pavilion, Version by Tan Dun and Huang Doudou
Performed by Zhang Jun and the Shanghai Zhang Jun Art Center Company
Performances in The Astor Court:
Friday, November 30, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 1, 2012, at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 2, 2012, at noon and 3:00 p.m.
Conversation with Tan Dun and Maxwell K. Hearn:
Thursday, November 29, 2012, at 6:00 p.m., in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
With the aim of engaging with Metropolitan Museum galleries in new ways, Met Museum Presents offers five performances of a contemporary adaption of the 16th-century Kunqu opera masterpiece The Peony Pavilion in The Astor Court, which is modeled on a traditional 17th-century Chinese scholars’ garden court. This 70-minute version features music by celebrated composer Tan Dun and choreography by Huang Doudou, one of China’s most prominent dancers, and stars Zhang Jun, China’s most celebrated Kunqu performer, and his company. Fifty audience members will be seated at each performance, and select performances will be live-streamed for an audience in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium.
Tan Dun’s new score, which recalls the style and themes of traditional Kunqu music, will be performed by a traditional Kunqu ensemble of four musicians, and will include taped elements.
The performances accompany the exhibition Chinese Gardens: Palace Pavilions, Scholars’ Studios, Rustic Retreats, on view August 18, 2012—January 6, 2013, which explores the rich interactions between pictorial and garden arts in China across more than 1000 years, featuring more than 70 paintings and contemporary photographs as well as ceramics, carved bamboo, lacquerware, metalwork, and textiles drawn from the Museum’s collection.
Composer Tan Dun and Maxwell K. Hearn, Douglas Dillon Curator in Charge of Asian Art and the curator of the exhibition, will talk about the role of the garden as locus for music, theater and intellectual activity in China, in a conversation to take place the day before the performances begin.
The Peony Pavilion is one of the most important works of classical Chinese opera. A sweeping love story with subplots involving feudalism, the work in its original form consisted of 55 acts, taking more than 20 hours to perform. This version is directed by Zhang Jun, one of China’s most respected Kunqu performers, and remains faithful to the core plot focusing on the love story between the heroine and hero—Du Liniang and Liu Mengmei—and the Peony Pavilion, where their love began.

The Sau Wing Lam Collection of Violins Played by Salomé Chamber Orchestra
Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
The Sau Wing Lam Collection of Violins is one of the finest collections of violins currently in private hands, with instruments by Antonio Stradivari, Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù, the Amati family, and others. A selection of instruments from the collection will be on view in the Metropolitan Museum’s André Mertens Galleries for Musical Instruments from December 18, 2012, through June 30, 2013.
In four concerts during the 2012-13 season, New York’s dynamic young Salomé Chamber Orchestra ( will present programs featuring members and guest artists who perform on instruments from the collection:
Saturday, December 22, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.Bach Brandenburgs – Violinist Karen Gomyo is the soloist in Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 3, 5, and 6, and the Concerto in D Major, BWV 1064, for Three Violins, joined by members of the orchestra. Karen will play the “Bavarian” Stradivari of 1720.
Saturday, February 2, 2013, at 7:00 p.m.The Eight Seasons – Violinist and Salomé co-founder Sean Avram Carpenter and violist David Aaron Carpenter are the soloists in Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
Friday, April 12, 2013, at 7:00 p.m.The Dark Arts of the Viola – Violinist Philippe Quint joins Salomé co-founders Sean Avram Carpenter and violist David Aaron Carpenter in performances of works featuring viola: Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola, and String Orchestra, K. 364; Lera Auerbach’s Dialogues on Stabat Mater for Violin, Viola, and String Orchestra (after Pergolesi); and the New York premiere of Richard Dubugnon’s arrangement of Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier Suite for String Orchestra. Mr. Quint will play the “Bavarian” Stradivari of 1720 in the Mozart work, and Sean Carpenter will play the “Baltic” Guarneri del Gesù of 1731 in the Auerbach work. David Aaron Carpenter will play a viola from the collection made by Andrea Amati, Cremona, ca. 1580.
Saturday, May 4, 2013, at 7:00 p.m.The Lam Collection in Action – Works by Paganini, Saint-Saëns, Kreisler, and Sarasate, and Heifetz transcriptions will be performed by guest violinists Philippe Quint and Chee-Yun, with David Aaron Carpenter, viola.
These concerts are generously supported by the Brodsky Family Foundation.

Framing Beethoven: Concerts and Conversations
The Endellion String Quartet Playing the Beethoven String Quartets
Talks on Beethoven’s Role in the Rise of the Romantic Era
Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Friday, February 15 – Sunday, February 24, 2013
Framing Beethoven: Concerts and Conversations
, eight events over 10 days, centers on the six-concert performance by England’s Endellion String Quartet of the complete string quartets of Beethoven. Complementing the performances are talks by Metropolitan Museum art historian Kathryn Calley Galitz on the rise of Romanticism among Beethoven’s art contemporaries, and by art historian Marsha Morton on the context in which his music became central to theories of romanticism and the sublime.
The acclaimed Endellion String Quartet will make its first New York appearances since 1995 with these six concerts. This ensemble, in residence at Cambridge University, marked its 30th anniversary in 2009 with the release of a boxed set of the complete Beethoven string quartets on Warner Classics.
Of the recordings, which were also named a Gramophone Editor’s Choice of 2009, The Strad said, “The performances of the central canon of 17 quartets are the best overall from the past decade or so. ... The Endellion String Quartet...has steadily evolved from a neat and tidy group into something a little shaggier and far more penetrative, especially in Beethoven. All four players are remarkable artists and Andrew Watkinson is a leader of international stature.”
Friday, February 15, at 7:30 p.m.: Quartets Op. 18, No. 2; Op. 59, No. 3; Op. 130
Saturday, February 16, at 7:00 p.m.: Quartets Op. 18, No. 6; Op. 18, No. 1; Op. 132
Sunday, February 17, at 2:00 p.m.: Quartets Op. 18, No. 4; Op. 74; Op. 131
Friday, February 22, at 7:30 p.m.: Quartets Op. 18, No. 5; Op. 135; Op. 59, No. 2
Saturday, February 23, at 7:00 p.m.: Quartets Op. 18, No. 3; Op. 95; Op. 127
Sunday, February 24, at 2:00 p.m.: Quartets Op. 59, No. 1; Op. 130 with Grosse Fuge
This series is supported in part by the Grace Jarcho Ross and Daniel G. Ross Concert Fund.
Friday, February 15, at 6:00 p.m. – “Setting the Stage: A Few Notes on Romantic Painting” with Metropolitan Museum art historian Kathryn Calley Galitz. The rise of Romanticism in the early 19th century signaled a rejection of Neoclassical ideals. Reason and order gave way to emotion and untamed nature, and the notion of the man of genius captured the popular imagination. This talk focuses on works by Beethoven’s contemporaries, including Delacroix and Friedrich, setting the stage for the Romantic revolution.
Friday, February 22, at 6:00 p.m. – “Beethoven: The Sights and Sounds of the Romantic Sublime” with Pratt Institute Professor of Art History Marsha Morton. Beethoven began composing in the 1790s, when theories of romanticism and the sublime were being formulated in Germany. This talk will consider the context within which his music came to embody the dark drives, metaphysical essence, and “endless longing” (E.T.A. Hoffmann) that inspired generations of musicians, artists, and writers.

Patti Smith on Andy Warhol
Friday, September 28, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Rock legend and Met Museum favorite Patti Smith pays tribute to Andy Warhol, her fellow traveler on the cutting edge of the New York art and music scene in the 1970s. This event relates to the exhibition Regarding Warhol: Fifty Artists, Fifty Years, on view September 18 through December 31, 2012.

“13 Most Beautiful...Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests” Featuring
Dean and Britta
Saturday, October 6, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips (former members of the band Luna), comprising the duo of Dean and Britta, present a multimedia event featuring a selection of Andy Warhol’s “Screen Test” films with live musical accompaniment. As 13 of Warhol’s four-minute “Screen Test” film portraits are shown, an onstage four-member ensemble performs a composed score. This event relates to the exhibition Regarding Warhol: Fifty Artists, Fifty Years, on view September 18 through December 31, 2012.
“13 Most Beautiful...Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests” is a project jointly commissioned by the Andy Warhol Museum and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust for the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts 2008.

New York Philharmonic CONTACT!
Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
The New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Museum present the fourth season of CONTACT!, the Philharmonic’s new music series, featuring world premieres of New York Philharmonic-commissioned works by Andy Akiho and Jude Vaclavik; the U.S. premieres of a works by Unsuk Chin, Poul Ruders, and Yann Robin; and the New York premiere of a work by Anders Hillborg. Young American conductor Jayce Ogren and NYP Music Director Alan Gilbert lead the programs, and soprano Elizabeth Futral and NYP Principal Oboist Liang Wang are soloists.
This series is made possible by the Xerox Foundation.
Friday, December 21, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.: Jayce Ogren conducts an all-American program featuring new works by three young composers and a contemporary classic by Jacob Druckman, former NYP composer-in-residence: world premieres of New York Philharmonic-commissioned works by Andy Akiho and Jude Vaclavik; the New York premiere of Andrew Norman’s Try (2011); and Jacob Druckman’s Counterpoise (ensemble version) (1994), featuring Elizabeth Futral, soprano.
Friday, April 5, 2013, at 7:00 p.m.: Alan Gilbert conducts a program of recent European works. NYP Principal Oboist Liang Wang is featured in the U.S. premiere of Poul Ruders’s Oboe Concerto (1998). Unsuk Chin’s Gougalon (2012) has its U.S. premiere performance, as does Yann Robin’s Backdraft (2012), a co-commission by the New York Philharmonic and the Fundacao Casa da Musica, Portugal. And Anders Hillborg’s Vaporized Tivoli (2010) has its New York premiere performance.

Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert: 10th Anniversary Season
Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Since its debut in 2003, the Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert have garnered rave reviews for their vibrant performances and imaginative programs. “What makes this group’s concerts the most consistently satisfying chamber-music series in New York is the zeal with which the musicians go about their work,” wrote Steve Smith in the New York Times in 2008.
For the group’s 10th anniversary season, the ensemble’s artistic coordinator, cellist Edward Arron, has assembled three programs of the lively mix of repertoire that has elicited critical praise over the last decade, including the world premiere of the Metropolitan Museum’s first commissioned work for the ensemble, a work for string trio by Dmitry Yanov-Yanovsky.
This series is made possible in part by Isabel C. Iverson and Walter T. Iverson.
Friday, January 11, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. – Reiko Aizawa, piano; Colin Jacobsen, violin; Nicholas Cords, viola; and Edward Arron, cello, perform a Boccherini String Trio; Kurtag’s Jelék for Solo Viola, Op. 5; and Dvorák’s Piano Quartet in D Major, Op. 23.
Friday, March 29, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. – Hyunah Yu, soprano; Jeewon Park, piano; Colin Jacobsen, violin; Nicholas Cords, viola; and Edward Arron, cello, perform Schnittke’s Musica Nostalgica for Cello and Piano (1992); the world premiere of a Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert commission, a work for string trio by Dmitry Yanov-Yanovsky; Shostakovich’s Seven Romances on Poems by Alexander Blok for Soprano and Piano Trio, Op. 127; and Beethoven’s Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 16.
Friday, June 7, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. – To round out the season, Colin Jacobsen, violin; Nicholas Cords, viola; and Edward Arron, cello, perform a program of Biber’s Passacaglia in G Minor for Solo Violin; and a string trio arrangement by Dmitry Sitkovetsky of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

Holiday Concerts in the Medieval Sculpture Hall
In the 2012-13 season, the Metropolitan Museum tradition of seasonal holiday music in the Medieval Sculpture Hall, called “an essential New York experience” by The New Yorker, is a lively assemblage of such favorite ensembles as Chanticleer and the Vienna Boys Choir, alongside groups and artists new to the series, including the JACK Quartet, the French early music ensemble Alla Francesca, the Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine led by Kent Tritle, The Crossing contemporary chamber choir, and pianist Christopher Taylor.
Concerts in the Medieval Sculpture Hall are presented in front of the Museum’s Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche. The exhibition of the crèche is made possible by gifts to The Christmas Tree Fund and the Loretta Hines Howard Fund.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at 6:30 & 8:30 p.m.Chanticleer, the renowned vocal ensemble, celebrates the mystery and wonder of Christmas with traditional carols, medieval and Renaissance sacred works, and new holiday music.
Sunday, December 2, 2012, at 6:30 & 8:30 p.m.Chanticleer
Sunday, December 9, 2012, at 6:30 & 8:30 p.m.Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine led by Kent Tritle performs “O Magnum Mysterium: O Great Mystery”: a program of settings of the O Magnum Mysterium text, from the traditional Christmas service, by T.L. da Victoria, Morton Lauridsen, and Francis Poulenc; works by Byrd, Biebl, and Hassler; as well as music by Eric Whitacre and Nico Muhly.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.Christopher Taylor, piano, will perform Messiaen’s Vingt regards sur l’enfant-Jésus, a 1944 collection of short pieces, or “contemplations,” on the figures present at the birth of Christ. Of a recent performance of the work by Taylor, Mark Swed wrote in the Los Angeles Times, “Messiaen's mystical music invites out-of-body experiences. ... That was certainly the effect of Christopher Taylor's spellbinding performance of the work. ... he has found a way to make the piano sound as if it could levitate.”
Thursday, December 13, 2012, at 6:30 & 8:30 p.m.“Thibaut de Champagne & le manuscript du roi” – Alla Francesca, the ensemble in residence at the Musée National du Moyen Âge in Paris (Musée de Cluny), performs a program centering on the work of Thibaut de Champagne, one of the great lyric poets of the 13th century. This concert is supported in part by Thurmond Smithgall.
Sunday, December 16, 2012, at 6:30 p.m.JACK Quartet performs “Modern Medieval,” a program featuring re-imagined advent chant, Christmas music of Guillaume Dufay, and new music by Toby Twining, Michael Harrison, and Sasha Zamler-Carhart (pieces representing episodes in the life of St. Francis of Assisi). The new work by Toby Twining was commissioned through New Music USA’s Commissioning Music/USA program.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at 6:30 & 8:30 p.m.Vienna Boys Choir performs “Christmas in Vienna”: Austrian folk songs, classical works, popular songs, and holiday favorites.
Sunday, December 23, 2012, at 6:30 p.m.The Crossing Performs David Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion, the Pulitzer Prize-winning work that the New Yorker called “a modern masterpiece.” Also on the program: James MacMillan’s Alpha and Omega (And I Saw a New Heaven); Gabriel Jackson’s I look From Afar ; Bo Holten’s First Snow; Kenneth Leighton’s A Hymn to the Nativity ; Jonathan Dove’s Three Kings; Andrew Gant’s What Child is This; and Robert Convery’s Christmas Daybreak. Winner of both the 2009 and 2011 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming from Chorus America, The Crossing is one of the only professional choirs in the world dedicated to singing exclusively new and recently composed works. This concert is made possible in part by the Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Fund.

The Salzburg Chamber Soloists – New York Debut, and U.S. Premiere of
Mozart Requiem Arrangement for Strings
Friday, March 22, 2013, in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
The Salzburg Chamber Soloists, led by Lavard Skou Larsen, makes its New York debut with a program featuring the U.S. premiere of Larsen’s arrangement of Mozart’s Requiem for string orchestra. It is an adaptation of the Requiem arrangement for string quartet by Peter Lichtenthal (1780-1853), a Bratislava-born friend of Mozart’s son Karl, who transcribed a number of works with Karl’s authorization. The program also features Haydn’s Seven Last Words of

Charles Lloyd at 75, with special guest Maria Farantouri and friends
(Jason Moran, Reuben Rogers, Eric Harland, and Sokratis Sinopoulos)
Friday, March 15, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Tenor saxophone titan Charles Lloyd has been hailed as one of the most restlessly inventive musicians in jazz history. Lloyd attained rock star status in the mid-60s with one of the all-time great quartets, featuring Keith Jarrett, Cecil McBee, and Jack DeJohnette. As the New York Times said, “Follow the career of Charles Lloyd, and you see a map of great jazz across half a century.” His current quartet—with Jason Moran, piano; Reuben Rogers, bass; and Eric Harland, drums—was honored as the “#1 Acoustic Group” in 2011 by the Jazz Times critics poll.
In celebration of his 75th birthday, Charles Lloyd performs a program that marshals the creativity of his quartet and special guest singer Maria Farantouri. Revered in her native Greece, Farantouri was the legendary voice of resistance during the Greek military junta of the late 1960s, giving hope to millions through the banned protest songs of Mikis Theodorakis and earning widespread praise as the “soul of Greece.” Sokratis Sinopoulos, lyra, also performs on the program, which ranges from Byzantine hymns to 21st-century jazz.

Judy Collins Valentine’s Day Concert
Thursday, February 14, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Folk legend Judy Collins makes her third Metropolitan Museum appearance with a Valentine’s Day-themed program on the day itself.
This concert is supported by the estate of Kathryn Walter Stein.

Highlights of 2012-13 Fall/Winter Talks

Washington Crossing the Delaware: A Four-Part Series
Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Carrie Rebora Barratt,
Metropolitan Museum Associate Director for Collections and Administration and American art scholar, hosts a four-part series of talks with Museum curators about Washington Crossing the Delaware, the renowned Emanuel Leutze painting that is a centerpiece of the New American Wing Galleries for Paintings, Sculpture, and Decorative Arts.
This series is made possible by the Clara Lloyd-Smith Weber Fund.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at 6:00 p.m.Carrie Rebora Barratt on the history of the painting
Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at 6:00 p.m.Michael Gallagher, the Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge of the Department of Painting Conservation, and conservators Lance Mayer and Gay Myers discuss the restoration of the painting.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012, at 6:00 p.m.Ian Alteveer, Assistant Curator in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, discusses painting and photography as documentation or artwork.
Friday, November 2, 2012, at 6:00 p.m.Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser, Curator in the American Wing, on the many iterations and uses of the painting throughout our culture

Private Gallery Tours
A tour of one of the Museum’s galleries with a prominent curator and/or guest artist, followed by lunch.
Monday, November 26, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. – Artistic Director and Choreographer Bill T. Jones and Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser, Curator – Trace the expanding definitions of American art and the Museum’s roots as an institution founded in the aftermath of the American Civil War, as expressed in the artwork in the Museum’s new American paintings galleries.
Thursday, November 29, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. – Choreographer Miguel Gutierrez and Ian Alteveer, Assistant Curator in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, tour the exhibition Regarding Warhol: Fifty Artists, Fifty Years.

Thursday, October 11, 2012, at 6:00 p.m.
Ian Wardropper, Director of The Frick Collection, focuses on Bernini.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. – “The New Arab World? Art, Culture and Politics, Then and Now”: A Conversation with writer and journalist Fareed Zakaria and Navina Najat Haidar, Curator in the Metropolitan Museum’s Islamic Art Department

Met Salon Series
A new series of intimate evenings with Museum curators: a 50-minute presentation on a work of art, exhibition, or artist followed by audience Q&A and reception with the speaker.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. in the Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture HallSoyoung Lee, Curator in the Met’s Department of Asian Art, talks with Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky about the film Madame Freedom.
Thursday, November 29, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. in the Grace Rainey Rogers AuditoriumMaxwell K. Hearn, Douglas Dillon Curator in Charge of Asian Art, talks with composer Tan Dun about art and The Peony Pavilion.

Ticket Information

Tickets for the Met Museum Presents 2012-13 season of events are available now:

* Visit or call 212-570-3949.
* Tickets are also available at the Great Hall Box Office, which is open Tuesday-Saturday 10-4:30 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, 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, call 212-570-3949 or visit the box office.

Press resources