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Series—Sight and Sound: Leon Botstein and The Orchestra Now

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Series—Sight and Sound: Leon Botstein and The Orchestra Now


In this series, conductor and music historian Leon Botstein explores the parallels between orchestral music and the visual arts. Each concert opens with a talk accompanied by musical excerpts performed by The Orchestra Now with on-screen artworks, followed by a full performance and audience Q&A.

Tickets start at $30; $75 for the series.

Sunday, October 27, 2 pm
The Last Knight: Strauss's Don Quixote

Emperor Maximilian I (1459–1519), known since the 19th century as "the last knight," was passionate about armor and the trappings and ideals of knighthood. This romantic tradition inspired Cervantes's tales of Don Quixote, which were in turn the source for Strauss's "fantastic variations on a theme of knightly character"—a thrilling and moving musical realization of Quixote's chivalric journey.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition "The Last Knight: The Art, Armor, and Ambition of Maximilian I." met.org/thelastknight


Sunday, December 8, 2 pm
Honegger, Vallotton, and the Avant-Garde in Paris

Composer Arthur Honegger and painter Félix Vallotton were both Swiss nationals who spent the larger part of their careers in Paris, where they became part of the avant-garde scene in music (Les Six) and art (Les Nabis). Both explored the intersection between tradition and modernism and Honegger's first symphony mirrors the magnetism of Paris in the 1920s.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Félix Vallotton: Painter of Disquiet." met.org/felixvallotton


Sunday, February 23, 2 pm
Haydn's The Clock: The Intersection of Art and Technology

Musicians, like their contemporaries in art and science, were mesmerized by the rapid and dazzling advancements in science and technology during the second half of the 18th century. While Mozart poked fun at this fascination in Così fan tutte, Haydn drew inspiration from the fabulous advances in horology in Vienna and London, and thus the delightful "Clock" symphony.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Making Marvels: Science and Splendor at the Courts of Europe." met.org/makingmarvels

Tickets include same-day Museum admission. Bring the Kids for $1 (ages 6–16) (not available when bought as a complete series)

Enjoy a pre-performance drink in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium. Wine, prosecco, and water will be available for purchase. Doors will open approximately one hour prior to the event.

The Met Fifth Avenue in The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium. Assistive listening devices are available from the ushers.

Image: Leon Botstein and The Orchestra Now. Photo by David DeNee



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