Chopin, Delacroix & The Romantic Impulse

Sun, Nov 18, 2018, 2 PM
Part of the series Sight & Sound

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

  • Conductor and music historian Leon Botstein explores the parallels between orchestral music and the visual arts
  • A discussion is accompanied by musical excerpts and on-screen artworks, then a full performance and audience Q&A
  • Chopin’s Variations on “Là ci darem la mano”, Berlioz’s Waverley Overture, and the artwork of Delacroix
  • With Orion Weiss, piano

More About the Program

The Music:

Berlioz’s Waverley Overture
a slow and tender introduction to a fiery, thrilling allegro

Chopin’s Variations on “Là ci darem la mano”
propulsive, progresses with increasing vigor

The Artwork: Works by Delacroix
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Delacroix, on view at The Met Fifth Avenue through January 6, 2019.

Delacroix, a contemporary of Berlioz, was passionate about music. In his later years he became close to Chopin and developed a fascination with Mozart. The romantic impulse embodied in their art can be seen through the prism of two radically different but equally innovative strategies depicting beauty and the sublime.

Timings & Program Order

Conductor and music historian Leon Botstein discusses the parallels between Chopin’s Variations on “Là ci darem la mano” &  Berlioz’s Waverley Overture and the artwork of Delacroix, accompanied by musical excerpts performed by The Orchestra Now and on-screen artworks.
1 hr

20 min

Full performances
Hector Berlioz Waverley Overture
10 min

Frédéric Chopin Variations on “Là ci darem la mano”
Orion Weiss, piano
19 min

Audience Q&A
10 min

All timings are approximate.

More About the Artists

LEON BOTSTEIN, conductor
Leon Botstein brings a renowned career as both a conductor and educator to his role as music director of The Orchestra Now. He has been music director of the American Symphony Orchestra since 1992, artistic codirector of Bard SummerScape and the Bard Music Festival since their creation, and president of Bard College since 1975.
>Full Bio


Sample the Music

Chopin Variations on “Là ci darem la mano”

Berlioz Waverley Overture

Eugène Delacroix (French, Charenton-Saint-Maurice 1798–1863 Paris). The Abduction of Rebecca (detail), 1846. Oil on canvas, 39 1/2 x 32 1/4 in. (100.3 x 81.9 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Wolfe Fund, 1903 (03.30)


Pictures at an Exhibition

Jan 27 at Peter Norton Symphony Space

The Romantic Hero

Feb 9 & 10 at the Fisher Center

All-Karol Rathaus Concert

Feb 24 at LeFrak Concert Hall

Also sprach Zarathustra

Mar 13 at the Fisher Center

Fabio Luisi conducts Brahms' Second Symphony

Mar 26 at Rose Theater

Verdi's Requiem

Apr 6 & 7 at the Fisher Center

Beethoven's Seventh Symphony

Apr 13 at Olin Hall

Schubert's Fifth Symphony

Apr 14 at Hudson Hall

De Profundis: Out of the Depths

Apr 27 & 28 at the Fisher Center

De Profundis: Out of the Depths

May 2 at Carnegie Hall

Abstraction in Music & Art

May 19 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art