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Curtis and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Present Music in the Galleries


Compelling musical programs juxtaposed with captivating visual art

Performances one Saturday each month, free with museum admission

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(November 8, 2013) What do art and music make us feel, and why? Can one art form change what we think about another? Explore the fascinating relationship between music and art with Music in the Galleries at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Musicians from the Curtis Institute of Music, one of the world's finest conservatories, perform compelling solo and chamber programs paired with captivating visual art one Saturday each month at 1:30, 2:15, and 3 p.m.

Listen to Debussy while standing next to Picasso's Three Musicians or Gesualdo madrigals inside the museum's cloister modeled after the Abbey of Saint-Genis-des-Fontaines. One of the largest museums in the United States, the Philadelphia Museum of Art boasts a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries. Free with museum admission, Music in the Galleries features Curtis students in a different gallery each month, with brief pre-concert talk by a museum educator linking the art and music. Check for updated program and gallery information throughout the year.

With "Three Musicians" on November 9, the opening movement from Debussy's influential string quartet sets the stage for works by Ravel and Stravinsky from 1920s Paris. Performances take place at 2:15 and 3 p.m. in Gallery 169, featuring Three Musicians, 1921, by Pablo Picasso. Please note: there is no 1:30 p.m. performance on November 9.

"Winter's Horizon" on December 7 features selections from Carlo Gesualdo's deeply expressive fifth and sixth books of madrigals, arranged for wind quintet. Performances take place in Gallery 204, featuring the museum's model of a thirteenth-century cloister.

Solo cello works by two modern masters stand alongside Bach on January 18. Pieces by György Ligeti and Krzysztof Penderecki, composer in residence at Curtis during the 2013-14 season, are paired with movements from J. S. Bach's fourth and fifth cello suites and the charming Chonguri by Georgian composer Sulkhan Tsintsadze. Old meets new and east meets west in Gallery 205.

The February 8 program, "Foreign Correspondence," is inspired by Curtis's 2013-14 all-school project, Russia: A Land and Its Influence. Works by Russian and Eastern European composers join the museum's "Postwar Dialogue" mini-exhibition in Gallery 174 featuring works by American and European artists following World War II.

"Four Score and Six" on March 22 features Steve Reich's groundbreaking Electric Counterpoint for electric guitar and pre-recorded ensemble, featuring an orchestra of twelve electric guitars and two electric bass guitars, in a rare Philadelphia performance. See and hear it in Gallery 224, Pillared Temple Hall, c. 1550, made in India.

The Music in the Galleries season comes to a close on April 12 with "Departures." Rogier van der Weyden's striking 15th-century masterwork, The Crucifixion, with the Virgin and Saint John the Evangelist Mourning, accentuates the sparse, caustic movements for string quartet by Anton Webern, followed by Beethoven's luminous "Heiliger Dankgesang" ("Holy Song of Thanksgiving") from his late quartet, Op. 132. This program features Curtis's prize-winning string quartet in residence, the Dover Quartet. Performances in Gallery 206.

Music in the Galleries is generously supported by Cooke & Bieler, LP.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art. The Museum's many galleries present painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include a landmark main building; the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building; the Rodin Museum; and two historic houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts, and films.

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The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. One of the world's leading conservatories, Curtis provides its 168 students with full-tuition scholarships and personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. Its distinctive "learn by doing" approach has produced an impressive number of notable artists, from such legends as Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber to current stars Jonathan Biss, Juan Diego Flórez, Alan Gilbert, Hilary Hahn, Jennifer Higdon, and Lang Lang. Curtis alumni hold principal chairs in every major American orchestra, and each season they are featured as guest soloists with the world's leading orchestras, opera houses, and chamber music series.

Curtis's innovative programs encourage students to perform often and hone 21st-century musical skills. The school's facilities offer superb spaces for music-making, as well as state-of-the-art technologies to enhance learning. In addition to more than 200 performances in and around Philadelphia each year, students perform internationally with Curtis On Tour. When they graduate, they become musical leaders, making a profound impact on music around the globe. To learn more, visit

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Free with museum admission

Music in the Galleries is generously supported by Cooke & Bieler, LP.

"Three Musicians" Gallery 169
Saturday, November 9 at 2:15 and 3 p.m.
*Note: no 1:30 p.m. performance on 11/9*

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

DEBUSSY "Animé et très décidé" from String Quartet (1893)
Luosha Fang, violin
Brandon Garbot, violin
Daniel Hanul Lee, viola
Arlen Hlusko, cello

RAVEL "Très vif" from Sonata for violin and cello (1920–22)
Luosha Fang, violin
Arlen Hlusko, cello

STRAVINSKY Concertino (1920)
Luosha Fang, violin
Brandon Garbot, violin
Daniel Hanul Lee, viola
Arlen Hlusko, cello

"Winter's Horizon" Gallery 204
Saturday, December 7 at 1:30, 2:15, and 3 p.m.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

GESUALDO "Giote voi col canto"
"S' io non miro non moro"
"Io parto e non piu dissi"
"Correte, amanti, a prova"
"Asciugate i begli occhi"
"Moro, lasso, al mio duolo"
Brendan Dooley, flute
Patrick Williams, alto flute
Stanislav Chernyshev, clarinet
Wade Coufal, bassoon
Sarah Tako, bassoon

"Dialogues" Gallery 205
Saturday, January 18 at 1:30, 2:15, and 3 p.m.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

BACH Sarabande from Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011
PENDERECKI Selections from Divertimento
BACH Bourrée II from Suite No. 4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010
Tessa Seymour, cello

"Foreign Correspondence" Gallery 174
Saturday, February 8 at 1:30, 2:15, and 3 p.m.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

Highlights from Curtis's 2013-14 all-school project, "Russia: A Land and its Influence."

"Four Score and Six" Gallery 224
Saturday, March 22 at 1:30, 2:15, and 3 p.m.

REICH Electric Counterpoint
Alec Holcomb, guitar

"Departures" Gallery 206
Saturday, April 12, at 1:30, 2:15, and 3 p.m.

WEBERN Selections from Fünf Sätze, Op. 5
BEETHOVEN "Heiliger Dankgesang" from Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132

Dover Quartet
Joel Link (Violin '11)
Bryan Lee (Violin '11)
Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt (Viola '10, '11)
Camden Shaw (Cello '10, '11)

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