The Met Museum Unveils 2012-13 Performance Season

Thursday, April 05, 2012 - 06:50 PM

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced its 2012-13 season of concerts, lectures and other performing arts events on Thursday, the first programmed by Limor Tomer, who became the general manager of the series last July.

The series, newly renamed “Met Museum Presents,” places a greater emphasis on connecting performance with the museum’s exhibitions and collections. It includes Tan Dun’s 70-minute condensation of The Peony Pavilion, a 20-hour Ming Dynasty opera that was conceived for China’s enclosed gardens. Here it will be presented in the Astor Court in conjunction with an exhibition on prints, paintings and other objects associated with Chinese gardens.

The Salomé Chamber Orchestra will give a series of four concerts performed on the Sau-Wing Lam Collection of precious string instruments, which are on display in the museum. The Endellion String Quartet, a veteran British ensemble known for its residency at Cambridge University, will perform Beethoven's complete string quartets over two weekends in February, accompanied by curator talks on the beginnings of Romanticism.

The Met will introduce a new resident artist, Paul D. Miller a k a DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid. He will lead a series of multimedia performances capped by an evening featuring audience participation and his iPad app.

The season opens with a Patti Smith salute to Andy Warhol, to connect with the exhibition "Regarding Warhol: Fifty Artists, Fifty Years."

In her remarks at a press conference Thursday, Tomer -- who was previously WQXR's executive producer of music -- said that she looks forward to collaborating with the museum's curators in her new role. She said she hopes to draw in audiences who are already visiting the museum for its visual art, but added that has “no interest in a younger demographic -- I'm interested in a curious demographic.”

The season will also include some Met mainstays, including the Metropolitan Museum Artists (in its 10th anniversary season), the New York Philharmonic, and holiday-time favorites like Chanticleer and the Vienna Boys Choir.

WQXR will broadcast several concerts from the Met Museum next season as part of a new agreement.

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Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

It's amazing to see that the former executive music producer of WQXR, TOMER, is engaging non-classical musicians and singers to represent new collections at the Met Museum of Art. It is refreshing to give new ingredients to the world view this major museum presents to the sophisticate as well as the young tyro. Modern composers and modern art represent the living soul of the contemporary scene, but let us not forget what Hans Sachs in Wagner's DIE MEISTERSINGER declaims to the successful prize winning Walther von Stolzing, who has just won the hand of Eva, "honor the masters of the past for their contributions to our culture." Apropos of the archivist, the museum's role of preserving the past masterpieces or, at very least, historical materials of sound or fabric or stone should be considered its constitutional requisite as well as delight.
For two years 1957 to 1959, I hosted and occasionally sang on my own program,OPERATIC SPOTLIGHT with Met Opera and New York City Opera singers on WNYC following the OSCAR BRAND program. I was informed in 1998 when I was preparing my fourth solo concert in the main hall, the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall, that almost all of the recordings of interviews and actual live performances at WNYC by composers, singers, painters, sculptors, writers and political figures were discarded, destroyed. My concern at the time was to review some of my performances. This past week the current archivist Andy Lanfet, who came on the scene years after my inquiry, inquired of me if I had any recordings of those broadcasts; that he would format them onto CDs. He has been the archivist for the past 11 years. My copies were on reel to reel magnetic tapes and occasionally on audio cassettes. When I have them collected, I will certainly provide them for those at WNYC for their library or other purposes. WNYC has the most longevity and august history of all radio stations prresnting classical music and its reaches into all subjects is most awesome and much appreciated.
I am an opera composer, "Shakespeare" and "The Political Shakespeare," a Wagnerian heldentenor and the director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute. At my website, www.WagnerOpera.com, one may download at "Recorded Selections," free, 37 complete selections from the over one hundred I have sung in four three hour long solo concerts in the main hall, the Isaac Stern Auditorium, of Carnegie Hall. They are all LIVE performances.

Apr. 06 2012 07:35 PM

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