Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Presents the Music and Museum Series

MARCH 26, 2010

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art presents the second concert in its Music and Museum Series April 23 and 25 at 5 p.m. in the lobby of the Bechtler. This innovative concert/lecture hybrid fuses image, music and conversation to provide an insider's prospective on the featured work.

The April concerts will feature selections by French composer Claude Debussy including Sonata for Cello and Piano and Sonata for Violin and Piano, as well as works by Spanish composers Manuel de Falla, Pablo de Sarasate and Joaquin Rodrigo. A quartet of chamber musicans will perform the selections: Tanja Bechtler, cello; Paul Nitsch, piano; Peter DeVries, violin and Bob Teixeira, guitar. Featured visual art will be works by Alfred Manessier and Pablo Picasso.

Because of the overwhelming response from the Bechtler’s first Music and Museum concert in February, the museum is offering two concerts on separate dates to accommodate additional attendees.The same selections will be performed on each date. A champagne reception precedes each performance. The concerts begin at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets for each concert are $15 per person ($10 for museum members). To purchase tickets call 704.353.9200. Space is limited.

“The Bechtler collection is new to an American audience,” said Christopher Lawing, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art’s director of education. “The Music and Museum series is one of many types of programs we’re developing to help visitors appreciate the diversity of works in the collection.”

Each Music and Museum concert  will pair a work of visual art from the Bechtler collection with a compatible piece of music. The works may be approached in various ways including historically, creatively and politically to draw a comparison between the visual and the audible. The artwork will be on display during the concert.

The Bechtler’s Music and Museum series will be held the last Friday and Sunday of most months. In addition to  classical music, future concerts will incorporate such musical genres as hot jazz, vocal fusion, big band and blues. 

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