Music at the Museum

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About Music at the Museum

The Music at the Museum concert series, now in its fifth season, features faculty of the Mason Gross Extension Division in performance at the Zimmerli Art Museum on campus at Rutgers University-New Brunswick Downtown campus. Concerts occur in the museum's Lower Dodge Gallery amidst striking exhibitions. Concert repertoire is coordinated with the themes of ongoing exhibits with the goal of highlighting interdisciplinary connections between the world of visual art and music.  The series is co-curated by Christopher Kenniff, Director of the Mason Gross Extension Division, and Amanda Potter, Director of Education at the Zimmerli Art Museum.  Each concert begins at 1:30 p.m. with a pre-concert discussion with performers followed by a 2 p.m. concert, and a 3 p.m. gallery tour.

Exhibit descriptions & concert dates

Below are descriptions of the exhibits and concerts planned for the 2018-19 season.  

CONCERT #1: Self-confessed – great women in classical music

Concert date & time: October 21, 2018, 1:30 p.m. pre-concert discussion | 2 p.m. concert | 3 p.m. gallery tour
Concert repertoire:

  • Rebecca Clarke Dumka Trio - Duo Concertante for Viola, Violin, and Piano by Rebecca Clarke
  • Sonata for Solo Viola by Hatira Ahmedli Cafer
  • Soirées musicales Op.6: Nocturne, Mazurka in G Major, Polonaise for solo piano by Clara Schumann
  • Three Romances for violin and piano, op. 22 by Clara Schumann


Zimmerli Exhibit associated with this concert:
Please note that there are two concurrent exhibits that provide a variety of ‘tie-ins’ to this concert:

  • Exhibit title: The Art of Turning Pages: Illustrations by Lulu Delacre for Sonia Sotomayor’s Life Story
    Exhibit time frame: September 15, 2018– February 15, 2019
    Exhibit description:This exhibition features the original illustrations created for Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s forthcoming children’s book, entitled Turning Pages, her life story as told through the lens of books that impacted her life and led her on her journey to the highest court in the land. The illustrations, done in vivid oil washes with beautiful collage details, are by renowned children’s book illustrator Lulu Delacre, who is originally from Puerto Rico, as was Sotomayor’s family.

Exhibit title: Self-Confessed! The Inappropriately Intimate Comics of Alison Bechdel        

  • Exhibit time frame: Sep 01, 2018 - Dec 30, 2018
    Exhibit description: This exhibition of the work of Alison Bechdel spans her illustrious, decades-long career. A renowned cartoonist and graphic memoirist who lives in Bolton, Vermont, Bechdel is a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant winner.

    Her 2006 graphic novel memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic was a New York Times bestseller and the basis of the Tony-award winning musical of the same name. Bechdel followed up in 2012 with Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama. Both books are works of multilayered complexity, employing nonlinear storytelling and a rich trove of literary and historical references.

    Self-Confessed! presents these primary bodies of work in depth through original drawings and sketches, while incorporating other aspects of Bechdel’s creative output, from early drawings to activist ephemera to large-scale self-portraits to a model of the set for the musical Fun Home, reconstructed for this exhibition. The exhibition explores Bechdel’s work as a writer, an artist, and an archivist of the self who continually mines and shares her own experiences in order to communicate something vitally human: the quest for love, acceptance, community, and social justice.


CONCERT #2: Celebrity! Music by composers associated with Hollywood and the silver screen
Concert date & time: November 11, 2018, 1:30 p.m. pre-concert discussion | 2 p.m. concert | 3 p.m. gallery tour

Concert repertoire:

  • Una dia de Noviembre, Simple Etudes, and Prelude No. 6 by Leo Brouwer
  • Gabriel's Oboe from "The Mission" (1986) by E. Morricone 
  • Cavatina from "The Deer Hunter" (1979)  by Stanley Myers
  • Sonatina op. 205 for Flute & Guitar (1965) by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
    • Allegretto grazioso 
    • Tempo di Siciliana (Andantino grazioso e malinconico)
    • Scherzo-Rondo
  • L’histoire du Tango by Astor Piazzolla
    • Bordello 1900
    • Café 1930
    • Nightclub 1960
    • Concert d’Aujourd’hui


Zimmerli Exhibit associated with this concert:

  • Exhibit title: Celebrity Culture: Photographs from the Collection of the Zimmerli Art Museum
  • Exhibit time frame: September 01, 2018 - December 30, 2018
  • Exhibit description: Photography has been used as a vehicle for celebrity from the moment of its invention in the nineteenth century and the photographic image continues to enable celebrity in the digital age.  This exhibition, drawn from the photography collection of the Zimmerli Art Museum, examines the relationship between photography and celebrity from the twentieth century and into the present.  Among the photographs to be included in the exhibition are images of Hollywood glamour by Weegee, who photographed stars and their adoring fans, headshots by Philippe Halsman, Elliott Erwitt's portrait of the recently widowed Jackie Kennedy, a selection of Andy Warhol’s Polaroid portraits, and sports celebrities such as Joe Namath, Michael Jordan, Julius Erving, and Dominique Moceanu, who were photographed by Walter Iooss and Annie Leibovitz. 


CONCERT #3: Winter wonderland – classical selections from Nordic countries

Concert date & time: December 9, 2018, 1:30 p.m. pre-concert discussion | 2 p.m. concert | 3 p.m. gallery tour
Concert repertoire:

  • Selections for cello and piano by Jean Sibelius
    • Romance, op. 78, No. 2
    • Religioso, op. 78, no. 3
    • Impromptu, op. 5, No. 5
  • Valse Triste, op. 44
  • Four Swedish Songs by Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871-1927)
    • Dottern sade
    •  I skogen
    • Fylgia
    • Minnesång
  • Ich liebe dich by Edvard Grieg 
  • Violin Sonata No. 3, Op. 45 by Edvard Grieg
    • Allegro molto ed appassionato
    • Allegretto espressivo alla Romanza - Allegro molto - Tempo I.
    • Allegro animato



CONCERT #4: Timekeeping and stealing time
Concert date & time: February 17, 2019, 1:30 p.m. pre-concert discussion | 2 p.m. concert | 3 p.m. gallery tour
Concert repertoire:

  • Cello Suite No.5, BWV 1011 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1865-1750)
  • Mazurkas: "Seize Ans"   and "Plainte d'amour by Pauline Garcia Viardot (1821-1910) after Frederic Chopin (1810-1849) for voice and piano
  • Mazurkas for solo piano by Frederic Chopin (1810-1849) 
  • Two Songs, op.91 for voice, cello and piano by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)



Zimmerli Exhibit associated with this concert:

  • Exhibit title: Timekeeping
  • Exhibit time frame: September 29, 2018 - March 31, 2019
  • Exhibit description: Time is ever-changing, and our perceptions can vary, with minutes often feeling eternal while years can flash by in an instant. Despite our personal experiences, there is one constant—time is perpetually moving. This exhibition examines the ways that artists have traced, recorded, and interpreted the passage of time through prints, drawings, and photographs drawn widely from the museum’s collections. Life’s fleeting passage is one of the most popular subjects in art and is explored through the traditional iconography of the memento moriand the dance of death in works ranging from Old Master to modern. The cyclical passage of time is marked through allegories of the seasons, from Renaissance scenes of the harvests to decorative botanicals and abstract renderings. Measuring time is chronicled in a series of calendars, including stylized Art Nouveau months and contemporary interpretations, while images that celebrate the New Year reveal the symbols, new and old, which have become associated with this significant day. Contemporary artists demonstrate new, innovative approaches to interpreting time through conceptual photographs and other works that incorporate the passage of time into their own process of art-making.





Concert title (proposed):Stories of Wonder: Children’s Tales from Around the World

Concert date & time: March 17, 2019, 1:30 p.m. preconcert discussion | 2 p.m. concert | 3 p.m. gallery tour

Zimmerli Exhibit associated with this concert:

·         Exhibit title: Stories of Wonder: Children’s Tales from Around the World

Exhibit time frame: Opens approximately March 1, 2019

Exhibit description: Mythical stories, folklore, and fairy tales have entertained and educated children around the world for centuries. This exhibition features stories from different countries and cultures illustrated in a variety of styles and techniques. Based on a medieval French tale, The White Rat’s Tale (written by Barbara Schiller; Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1967) follows a royal couple’s pet rat who is turned into a princess. Adrienne Adams delicate, chaming watercolors illustrate this classic version of a fairy tale. The One-Legged Ghost (written by Betty Jean Lifton; Atheneum, 1968) is a Japanese story based on a mythical umbrella-shaped figure and how a town deals with the appearance of this unexpected creature. Fuku Akino’s lively drawings bring this humorous tale to life. The Hungarian folktale of Kis Kakas, The Little Cock (retold by Jeanne B. Hardendorff; J. B. Lippincott, 1969) follows the adventures of a rooster who discovers a valuable coin and tries to thwart the Emperor from stealing it. Printmaker Joseph Domjean created bold graphics – black & woodcuts and richly-textured color relief prints – to interpret this traditional story. Two versions of similar stories demonstrate the universality of certain themes and how they are interpreted by different cultures. Thumbelina, written in the nineteenth century by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, follows the adventures of a tiny girl as she finds friends and foes in nature. Maginel Wright Barney vividly charts her journey in brightly-colored, imaginative drawings. Little Cucumber Stem (written by Betsy Bang; Green Willow Books, 1980) is based on a South Asian tale of a couple who gives birth to a miniature boy and his bravery in helping his family. Tony Chen created intricately-detailed illustrations, represented in the exhibition through his ink drawings with color overlays, which demonstrate the process of book illustration.



·         I-Yun Amy Tu, flute

·         Brant Roberts, marimba

·         MyungJin Oh, piano

·         Yevgeny Morozov, piano





·         Children's Corner Suiteby Claude Debussy (1862-1918) (20’ – will need to play only selected mov’ts)

o   Docteur Gradus ad Parnassum - Modérément animé

o   Berceuse des éléphants (Jumbo's Lullaby) - Assez modéré

o   Sérénade à la poupée (Serenade for the Doll) - Allegretto ma non troppo

o   La neige danse (The Snow is Dancing) - Modérément animé

o   Le petit berger (The Little Shepherd) - Très modéré

o   Golliwogg's Cakewalk - Allegro giusto


·         Luna's Magic Fluteby Blaz Pucihar (30 minutes)

·         L’aube enchantée(The enchanted dawn)  by Ravi Shankar (13 minutes)

Zimmerli Exhibit associated with this concert:  A refreshing take on a concert traditionally associate with holiday repertoire.  There is not a corresponding exhibit for this concert, but holidays are wonderful times to spend at the Zimmerli Art Museum nonetheless!