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
Shostakovich’s Suite on Verses of Michelangelo and the artwork of Michelangelo & others
With baritone Tyler Duncan
Ticket includes museum admission
What’s on the Program
The Music: Shostakovich’s Suite on Verses of Michelangelo
The Artwork: Works by Michelangelo & others; Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer, on view at The Met Fifth Avenue Nov 13, 2017–Feb 12, 2018
To commemorate the 500th anniversary of Michelangelo’s birth, Shostakovich set eleven poems by the Renaissance master to music. This symphonic song cycle illuminates the timeless struggle of artists across the ages—from Michelangelo to Beethoven and Shostakovich himself—in their quest to remain free.
Program subject to change.
What to Expect
Conductor and music historian Leon Botstein discusses the parallels between Shostakovich’s Suite on Verses of Michelangelo and the artwork of Michelangelo & others, with on-screen artworks and musical excerpts performed by The Orchestra Now.
Intermission 20 min
Dmitri Shostakovich Suite on Verses of Michelangelo
Tyler Duncan, baritone 44 min
All timings are approximate. Program subject to change.