The event "Glass at 75: A Birthday Sing" previously announced as taking place on Saturday, January 21, at 5:00 p.m., is being postponed to a date later in the season, to be announced.
Therefore, the Music in the American Wing weekend January 20-22 consists of two events:
Music for the American Wing – Friday-Sunday, January 20-22, 2012
The final stage of the renovation of the Metropolitan Museum’s New American Wing Galleries for Paintings, Sculpture, and Decorative Arts opens January 16, 2012. Two distinctly American performance events in the wing’s Charles Engelhard Court, one of them free with Museum admission, celebrate the first weekend of the newly re-openEd Galleries: a march through the Met by the inventive “radical street band” Asphalt Orchestra (three performances); and “Song of America,” a recital by American opera star Thomas Hampson.
Friday, January 20, 2012, at 4:00, 6:00, and 8:00 p.m. – Asphalt Orchestra Marches through the Met
Asphalt Orchestra, the “radical new street band that brings ambitious processional music to the mobile masses,” in the band’s own words, will stage a march through the Met Museum that invites all museum-goers to follow. They will begin in the Great Hall, march through the Egyptian Wing and The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing, and end up at the American Wing’s Charles Engelhard Court. The performance, choreographed specifically for the Engelhard Court by Mark DeChiazza and Susan Marshall, will feature music by Frank Zappa, Yoko Ono, and Stew and Heidi Rodewald. The band will also present a world premiere arrangement of hymns from the distinctly American shape note singing tradition, inspired by field recordings from the 1940s through the 1960s.
Asphalt Orchestra liberates innovative music from concert halls, rock clubs and jazz basements and takes it to the streets. With movement direction from internationally acclaimed choreographer Susan Marshall and dressed by designer Elizabeth Hope Clancy, the 12-member band brings together some of the most exciting rock, jazz and classical players in New York City: Jessica Schmitz (piccolo), Alex Hamlin, Peter Hess and Ken Thomson (saxophones), Shane Endsley and Stephanie Richards (trumpets), Jen Baker and Alan Ferber (trombones), Kenneth Bentley (sousaphone), and Sunny Jain, Nick Jenkins and Yuri Yamashita (percussion).