Debussy & French Painting: Beyond Realism

Sun, May 20, 2018, 2 PM
Part of the series Sight & Sound

at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
in NYC

3-CONCERT SERIES FROM $75

Single Tickets from $30
Bring the Kids for $1

  • Conductor and music historian Leon Botstein explores the parallels between orchestral music and the visual arts
  • On-screen artworks discussed alongside musical excerpts, a full performance, and audience Q&A
  • Debussy’s Nocturnes and the artwork of the French Impressionists
  • With members of the Bard Festival Chorale
  • Ticket includes museum admission

What’s on the Program

The Music: Debussy’s Nocturnes
“This takes me on a colorful journey that travels from wispy to energetic to mysterious.” –Adam Romey, bassoon

The Artwork: Works by French Impressionists & others; Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence, on view at The Met Fifth Avenue March 6–July 29, 2018

Debussy’s Nocturnes have been celebrated for their ability to evoke imagery, light, and color. But is he really music‘s answer to Impressionist painting? His works and those of Manet, Degas, and Whistler—who created his own series of atmospheric, tonal scenes that he labeled “nocturnes”—illuminate how the artistic response to nature differs in music and painting.

Program subject to change.

What to Expect

2:00 Event begins
Conductor and music historian Leon Botstein discusses the parallels between Debussy’s Nocturnes and the artwork of the French Impressionists & others, with on-screen artworks and musical excerpts performed by The Orchestra Now.
3:00 Intermission
20 min
Full performance

Claude Debussy Nocturnes
members of the Bard Festival Chorale
23 min

Audience Q&A

4:00 Event ends

All timings are approximate. Program subject to change.

The Performers

LEON BOTSTEIN, conductor
members of the BARD FESTIVAL CHORALE

Artists subject to change.

Sample the Music

Debussy Nocturnes

Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926). Camille Monet (1847–1879) on a Garden Bench (detail), 1873. Oil on canvas, 27 7/8 x 31 5/8 in. (60.6 x 80.3 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Collection, Gift of Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg, 2002, Bequest of Walter H. Annenberg, 2002 (2002.62.1)

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