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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Announces Spring and Summer 2023 MetLiveArts Season

Newly added performances include site-specific commissions, gallery performances, and performative reflections by artists, dancers, and musicians

New Commissions and World Premieres:

Impacto: The Global Influence of Latinx Composers with Herman Cornejo
Wednesday, May 10, at 7 p.m.
The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Herman Cornejo joins the Catalyst Quartet, The Met’s 2022–23 Quartet in Residence, to perform a newly commissioned work set to music by Astor Piazzolla. Latin American composers have helped shape traditions in their homelands as well as abroad, cementing national sounds and movements from the world’s preeminent concert stages. This program celebrates the expansive reach and impact of music by composers, both recognized and marginalized. 

Antonio Carlos Gomes: Sonata de Cordas 
Teresa Carreño: String Quartet in B minor 
Miguel Bernal Jiménez: Cuarteto Virreinal 
Astor Piazzolla: Suite del Angel arr. Catalyst Quartet (with Herman Cornejo) 

The Grammy Award-winning Catalyst Quartet—Karla Donehew Perez (violin), Abi Fayette (violin), Paul Laraia (viola), and Karlos Rodriguez (cello)—was founded by the Sphinx Organization. The New York Times hailed them as “beautiful to watch,” comparing them to “a family in lively conversation at the dinner table: anticipating, interrupting, changing subjects.”

Tickets start at $30 (plus $5 service fee).

Madeline Hollander: Hydro Parade
Saturdays, June 3, 10, and 17, at 7 p.m. 
Various Galleries 

Hydro Parade is a processional performance inspired by the water sources moving under, within, and around The Met. Beginning outside the Museum, on Fifth Avenue, and traveling a meditative, rhythmic journey into the Museum and around its various fountains and water features, dancers will create a continuous stream of movement that flows through the galleries. Hollander connects the ancient waterways of the hidden underground springs and the Old Croton Aqueduct, which still run beneath the Museum, to the activity and circulation of visitors in the galleries above. 

Free with Museum admission.

Ballet Hispánico: Buscando a Juan
Open rehearsals: July 10 and 11, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Performances: July 13 at 1 and 3 p.m., July 14 and 15 at 6 and 8 p.m. 
The Robert Lehman Wing court

“Buscando a Juan” (“Looking for Juan”) by choreographer and Artistic Director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico Eduardo Vilaro is inspired by the exhibition Juan de Pareja, Afro-Hispanic Painter. Featuring dancers from Ballet Hispánico, this MetLiveArts commission explores sancocho, or a mixed soup of cultures and diasporas, and will consider the assumptions experienced when witnessing people of color in white spaces in relation to the exoticized body and fixation on gestures and sensuality.

Free with Museum admission. 
In the Galleries:

Lost and Found in the Galleries
Friday, April 7, and Saturday, April 8, at 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
Various galleries throughout the Museum

Discover music and composers that history has largely pushed to the margins. The Catalyst Quartet, The Met’s 2022–23 Quartet in Residence, continues their series of presenting works by lesser-acknowledged voices. The programs will feature works by Germaine Tailleferre and Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel.

Free with Museum admission.

Johnny Gandelsman’s Bach at The Met Cloisters
Monday, May 22–Thursday, May 25, 7 p.m., The Fuentidueña Chapel at The Met Cloisters

In 2015, violinist Johnny Gandelsman embarked on a three-year journey through J.S. Bach’s six violin sonatas and partitas, culminating in a debut solo recording. But even then, Gandelsman wasn’t ready to leave Bach’s singular sonic world just yet. For the next four years, he turned his focus to the composer’s six unaccompanied cello suites, applying his singular folk-rooted musical dialect to the cello works. Here, over four nights in the resplendent and unmatched acoustics of the Fuentidueña Chapel at The Met Cloisters, Gandelsman realizes his dream of playing both sets together.

Programs (all works by J.S. Bach):

Monday, May 22, at 7 p.m.
Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002
Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003

Tuesday, May 23, at 7 p.m.
Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
Sonata No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005
Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006

Wednesday, May 24, at 7 p.m.
Suite No. 1 in G major for unaccompanied cello, BWV 1007 (transcribed for violin)
Suite No. 2 in D minor for unaccompanied cello, BWV 1008 (transcribed for violin)
Suite No. 3 in C major for unaccompanied cello, BWV 1009 (transcribed for violin)

Thursday, May 25, at 7 p.m.
Suite No. 4 in Eb major for unaccompanied cello, BWV 1010 (transcribed for violin)
Suite No. 5 in C minor for unaccompanied cello, BWV 1011 (transcribed for violin)
Suite No. 6 in D major for unaccompanied cello, BWV 1012 (transcribed for violin)

Tickets start at $70 ($65 + $5 service fee).
Four-concert package: $210 ($200 + $10 service fee).

On the Stage of the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium:

Sight and Sound: The Orchestra Now Series
Join conductor and music historian Leon Botstein as he delves into the parallels between orchestral music and the visual arts. Accompanied by on-screen works from The Met collection and current exhibitions, along with musical examples played by The Orchestra Now, Botstein engages in lively discussion that culminates in a full performance and audience Q&A.

Tickets start at $30 (plus $5 service fee).

Art and Music in the Danish Golden Age, with works from Beyond the Light: Identity and Place in Nineteenth-Century Danish Art 
Sunday, April 16, at 2 p.m.

Niels Gade: Symphony No. 1, “On Sjøland's Fair Plains”

During the early and mid-19th century, Denmark emerged from its imperial traditions and became a modern constitutional democracy. In art, this ushered in a focus on the ideal Danish landscape and its northern light. In music, celebrated Danish composer Niels Gade was just beginning his career. His 1842 Symphony No. 1, “On Sjøland's Fair Plains,” which incorporates themes from several Danish folk songs, caught the attention of Felix Mendelssohn, sparking a close friendship and kinship between the two giants.


CQ Minute
The Met’s Instagram Account (@metmuseum), the MetLiveArts Instagram Account (@metlivearts), and The Met’s YouTube 

To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Catalyst Quartet has commissioned string quartets from 10 composers, ranging from Pulitzer Prize-winners to jazz legends and indie pop stars. These mini-compositions, filmed specifically for The Met, feature works by Andy Akiho, Kishi Bashi, Billy Childs, Paquito D’Rivera, Jessie Montgomery, Angélica Negrón, Kevin Puts, Caroline Shaw, and Joan Tower.


Recent Premieres:

Paquito D'Rivera’s “But, Just a Minute?!” in the Musical Instruments galleries
Jessie Montgomery’s “Build” in the Greek and Roman Art galleries
Billy Childs in front of Kara Walker's "The Crossing" in The American Wing
Kishi Bashi’s "2017, Con Brio" for the Vélez Blanco Patio
Kevin Puts’ “Emerge” for  The Met’s staircase in the Great Hall

Retrospective: Bijayini Satpathy
Saturday, May 20, 2023, at 11 a.m.

As part of The Met’s celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, MetLiveArts revisits Bijayini Satpathy’s 2021–22 residency with recordings from her acclaimed performances in the Museum’s galleries and Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, and a discussion with Satpathy.

Program Credits:

Ballet Hispánico: Buscando a Juan:
This program is made possible by the Arnhold Fund for Dance Innovation at The Met, and the Adrienne Arsht Fund for Resilience through Art.

Johnny Gandelsman’s Bach at The Met Cloisters:
This program is made possible by the Grace Jarcho Ross and Daniel G. Ross Concert Fund.

Madeline Hollander: Hydro Parade:
This program is made possible by the Arnhold Fund for Dance Innovation at The Met.

The Quartet in Residence programming is made possible by the Grace Jarcho Ross and Daniel G. Ross Concert Fund.

Exhibition Credits:

Beyond the Light: Identity and Place in Nineteenth-Century Danish Art 

The exhibition is made possible by Gilbert and Ildiko Butler.

Additional support is provided by the The Schiff Foundation.

The exhibition is organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum, in collaboration with SMK – The National Gallery of Denmark.

Juan de Pareja, Afro-Hispanic Painter

The exhibition is made possible by the Sherman Fairchild Foundation.

Major support is provided by Denise Sobel.

Additional funding is provided by Laura and John Arnold, Fundación María Cristina Masaveu Peterson, Ann M. Spruill and Daniel H. Cantwell, and The Met’s Fund for Diverse Art Histories.

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.


March 28, 2023

Contact: Meryl Cates

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