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Sight and Sound: 
Leon Botstein and
The Orchestra Now



Date and Time

December 4, 2022 | February 19, 2023 | April 16, 2023

2 pm


The Met Fifth Avenue

The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

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The Orchestra Now
Leon Botstein, conductor

December 4, 2022: Vaughan Williams & Renaissance England

Vaughan Williams: Three Portraits from The England of Elizabeth

England was a thriving home for the arts under the volatile Tudor dynasty, where an international community of artists and merchants navigated the lofty demands of royal patrons including England’s first two reigning queens. In 1955, British documentarian John Taylor examined Elizabethan England against a regal score by composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. These selections from that score, adapted by Muir Mathieson, focus on three major figures of the Tudor era: Sir Francis Drake, William Shakespeare, and the namesake herself, Queen Elizabeth I.

Featuring art from The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England

February 19, 2023: Haydn, Brahms, & The Manufactured Classical Ideal

Haydn: Symphony No. 38
Brahms: Variations on a Theme of Haydn

When 18th-century scholars exhumed ancient Greek and Roman sculptures that had spent more than a millennium underground, they assumed that the pieces had been created without color. Based on their observations of those newfound objects, art scholars built an imaginary picture of the classical past; with it came a set, “classical” idea of musical structure and form, cemented by its originator, “Papa” Franz Josef Haydn. A century later, as late romanticism jettisoned fixed forms for passionate expressionism, Johannes Brahms fought to retain classicism as the aesthetic standard—and though musical classicism eventually ran its course, Brahms’s Variations provide a unique look back to its origins.

Featuring art from Chroma: Polychromy of Ancient Greek and Roman Sculpture

April 16, 2023: Art & Music in the Nineteenth-Century Denmark

Niels Gade: Symphony No. 1, "On Sjøland's Fair Plains"

During the early- and mid-nineteenth century, Denmark emerged from its imperial traditions and became a modern constitutional democracy. In art, the shift ushered in a focus on the ideal Danish landscape and its northern light. In music, celebrated Danish composer Niels Gade was just beginning his career. His 1842 Symphony No. 1, “On Sjøland's Fair Plains,” which incorporates themes from several Danish folk songs, caught the attention of Felix Mendelssohn, sparking a close friendship and kinship between the two giants.

Featuring art from Beyond the Light: Identity and Place in Nineteenth-Century Danish Art

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Image: Reconstruction of the marble funerary stele of Phrasikleia by Vinzenz Brinkmann and Ulrike Koch-Brinkmann, on view in the Robert and Renée Belfer Court for Early Greek Art (Gallery 150).

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