On Friday April 6th, Cali students in Music in Time, Place and Ideas (MUHS 308) had an extraordinary experience in the new instrument gallery of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The renovated gallery had opened only the week before and the Associate Curator, Dr. Bradley Strauchen-Scherer, was keen to share the new curatorial vision for the collection with us. At the front of the galleries, the curators have placed a spectacular case of brass instruments and nicknamed the display “Fanfare.” Everyone agreed that it’s fairly impossible not to smile as one approaches it. To our delight, Bradley retrieved a conch shell and handed it to the nearest brass player, Justin Hovi, who did us all proud. The Met’s permanent collection has been reinvigorated by its new associations within type and themes across cultural boundaries, and has to our relief discarded the former Eurocentric models of “west” versus “east.” It’s a triumph, and will no doubt continue to be a world-class resource for Cali School students and thousands of other students for years to come.
Seven hundred years of sculptural practice—from 14th-century Europe to the global present—are examined anew in this groundbreaking exhibition. Like Life: Sculpture, Color, and the Body (1300–Now) explores narratives of sculpture in which artists have sought to replicate the literal, living presence of the human body. On view exclusively at The Met Breuer, this major international loan exhibition of about 120 works draws on The Met’s rich collections of European sculpture and modern and contemporary art, while also featuring a selection of important works from national and international museums and private collections.
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The literary and musical traditions of the Persianate world are perhaps unique in that poetry is still closely associated with a variety of musical forms. Certain forms of Persian poems such as the ghazal and rubaiyat have their roots in musical accompaniment, and certain classical or folk traditions are known to consistently pair music and poetry.
Persian Poetry Contemporary Music
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On March 26, Dr. Laura Dolp participated in a panel discussion with Dr. Andrew Shenton of Boston University, Dr. Charles Stang, Director of the CSWR, and Kythe Heller, PhD candidate at Harvard University, regarding the work of renowned Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. Read about the intersection of religion and spirituality in Pärt’s work, and how his music and influence extends to other fields … Arvo Pärt’s White Light: An Interview with Dr. Laura Dolp
Listen to world music tied to Arab, Persian, or Indian music, but with Western classical music instruments – cello, double bass – and Scandinavian folk instruments. Hear Swedish folk fiddling and South Indian tradition Carnatic violin together in music from the quartet Nordic Raga, who are Bangalore-born violinist Jyotsna Srikanth, Swedish folk fiddler Mats Edén, Dan Svensson, percussion, Pär Moberg, saxophones.
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World Music: Arab, Persian, Indian Collaborations
With Only the Sound Remains now playing at the Palais Garnier, the composer Kaija Saariaho talks about the creative process behind her new opera.
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Rome wasn’t built in a day. When the Metropolitan Opera decided to create a new production of Puccini’s “Tosca” true to the work’s Roman settings, the company’s army of artists and artisans started work nearly a year before its opening night, on New Year’s Eve.
See How the Met Built ‘Tosca,’ Its Biggest Production of the Season