Catalyst Quartet:    

Bassline Fabulous    

with Machine Dazzle


Date and Time

Friday, December 16, 2022 & Saturday, December 17, 2022

7 pm


The Met Fifth Avenue

Vanderlyn Panorama Room, The American Wing

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Through 30 movements of mathematics and acrobatics, the bass line of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations stands constant, a staunch pillar of infrastructure undergirding one of Western art music’s wildest (yet most logical) exercises in transformation. With Bassline Fabulous, the Catalyst Quartet—The Met’s ’22-’23 Quartet in Residence—takes an immersive dive into the behemoth keyboard work, presenting the acclaimed Goldberg arrangement that anchored their very first recording in 2014. “Theatrical genius” (The New Yorker) Machine Dazzle responds to the Quartet’s performance in real time with a performance-installation, interpreting the music’s inescapable evolution through a personal, emotional lens.

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All seats are unreserved and first come, first serve.

***Please note that this performance contains sexual content.***

Tickets start at $130 ($125 + $5 service fee).

There is a four ticket limit for this event. For additional tickets, inquiries or further assistance please call 212-570-3750 or email:

MetLiveArts tickets include Museum admission on the day of the event. For more information, call 212-570-3949 or email

This performance is made possible by the Adrienne Arsht Fund for Resilience through Art.

Additional support is provided by Barbara Tober, the Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Fund, and the Grace Jarcho Ross and Daniel G. Ross Concert Fund.

Image: Machine Dazzle, © Gregory Kramer

***There will be NO LATE SEATING and NO REENTRY once the performance has begun. Please allow extra time for security checks on your way into the Museum and wayfinding to the Vanderlyn Panorama (Gallery 735)***

During this period of high virus transmission,  masks are strongly recommended.

Children 6 and under are not permitted to attend MetLiveArts performances, regardless of their vaccination status.

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