The Metropolitan Museum of Art today unveiled the 2012-13 season of Met Museum Presents, its newly-renamed series of performances and talks. This is the first full season to be programmed by Concerts & Lectures General Manager Limor Tomer, who assumed her post at the Met in July 2011. The program offers interpretations of and reflections on the Museum's collection, special exhibitions, and tradition through the work of some of today's most celebrated composers and performing artists.
"As singular artistic statements and critical entry points to the Met's collections, these events herald the fresh energy that Limor Tomer brings to this important part of our work," said Metropolitan Museum Director Thomas P. Campbell. "Indeed, this bold, innovative season has emerged directly from the creative dialogue that she has encouraged between curators and performers. It is a program that will surely excite audiences to explore the Met in all sorts of new ways."
Among the wide-ranging offerings are:
Season-opening event with rock legend Patti Smith saluting Andy Warhol in conjunction with the exhibition Regarding Warhol: Fifty Artists, Fifty Years
Composer Tan Dun's 70-minute adaptation of the Chinese opera Peony Pavilion, which will take place in the Museum's Astor Court in conjunction with an exhibition devoted to Chinese garden imagery in painting and the decorative arts
Concerts featuring rare instruments of the famed Sau Wing Lam Collection, one of the most important collections of Western string instruments, played by the Salomé Chamber Orchestra in conjunction with a display of instruments from that collection
Framing Beethoven, eight events over 10 days, featuring England's Endellion String Quartet performing the complete string quartets, and talks by curators on Beethoven's role in the emergence of the Romantic era