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Musical Portraits

  • Velez Blanco Patio Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave New York, NY, 10028 United States

October 3rd, 2015 at 7pm


By painting portraits of his artist friends on the side, American painter John Singer Sargent created a sort of “diary” of his own influences, aspirations and personal allegiances. Many composers past and present have done the same to immortalize their deeply admired friends and influences by way of musical portraits. In these works, how do composers use music to evoke their loved ones? And given the personal nature of the subjects, are any special techniques or ideas being employed? Whether visual or aural, these portraits are significant because of the personal meaning behind each one.

Learn more and Purchase tickets here:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art: John Singer Sargent and Decoda
related exhibition Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends


Program

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976): Three Character Pieces
     John
     Daphne
     Michael

 
David Lang (1957 -  ): from Memory Pieces
     Cello (in memory of Anna Cholakian)
     Grind (in memory of Jacob Druckman)
     Spartan Arcs (in memory of Yvar Mikhashoff)

Ned Rorem (1923 -  ): from Piano Album 1
     Carol Pastiche
     Snapshot of Jack
     Forty Chords for Mark on April 1st

Lou Harrison (1917 – 2003): Reel (Homage to Henry Cowell)
           Elizabeth Joy Roe, piano

Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937): Berceuse sur le nom de Gabriel Fauré
           Anna Elashvili, violin
           Elizabeth Joy Roe, piano

Paul Moravec (1957 -  ): Vince and Jan: 1945
           Sharon Roffman, violin*
           Anna Elashvili, violin
           Meena Bhasin, viola
           Caitlin Sullivan, cello
 
Aaron Jay Kernis (1960 -  ): Mozart en Route
           Anna Elashvili, violin
           Meena Bhasin, viola
           Caitlin Sullivan, cello

Leos Janáček (1854 – 1928): from String Quartet no. 2 “Intimate letters
      IV. Allegro
           Sharon Roffman, violin*
           Anna Elashvili, violin
           Meena Bhasin, viola
           Caitlin Sullivan, cello

Franz Schubert (1797-1828): To Mr Josef von Spaun, Taxman in Linz: Epistle D 749 (arr. Nicholas Britell)
          Anna Elashvili, violin
          Sharon Roffman, violin*
          Meena Bhasin, viola
          Caitlin Sullivan, cello
          Kris Saebo, double bass
           
Charles Mingus (1922 – 1979): Self-Portrait in 3 Colors (arr. Kris Saebo)
           
Anna Elashvili, violin
          Sharon Roffman, violin*
          Meena Bhasin, viola
          Caitlin Sullivan, cello
          Kris Saebo, double bass

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