Metropolitan Museum Announces 2007-08 Concert Series

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The 54th season of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's concert series will feature Itzhak Perlman's first New York chamber music series and 11 renowned pianists, including Nelson Freire, H_lne Grimaud, Stephen Kovacevich and Ingrid Fliter. Also to be presented are a violin series featuring Janine Jansen and Hilary Hahn, jazz singer Dianne Reeves, punk legend Patti Smith, and the Beaux Arts Trio's final New York concert.

Gifted musicians of the Perlman Music Program, a program for emerging young talent run by Toby Perlman (the violinist's wife), will receive guidance from and perform alongside Itzhak Perlman in three concerts beginning in October. Among other works, they will play Bach's Third Brandenburg Concerto, Brahms's Quintet for Piano and Strings, Mozart's String Quintet K. 516 and Reich's Triple Quartet.

With the exception of Grimaud, all 11 pianists will give their only New York recitals of the season at the Museum.

In February, Kovacevich will present Bach's keyboard Partita No. 4, Beethoven's Diabelli Variations and Schumann's Kinderszenen. Ingrid Fliter, who made her New York recital debut this past March, will perform Beethoven's Sonata Op. 110, Chopin's First Nocturne and Third Sonata, and two Schubert impromptus. Nelson Freire will perform Chopin, Debussy, Mendelssohn and Schumann next April.

Grimaud will collaborate with members of the New York Philharmonic this November, playing sonatas and romances by Brahms and Schumann.

Janine Jansen will make her New York recital debut next March at the Met, playing Bach's Second Partita and, along with violist Maxim Rysanov and cellist Torleif Thed_en, the string trio arrangement of the Two- and Three-Part Inventions (BWV 772-801) and the String Trio by Schnittke.

In April, violinist Hilary Hahn, in her sole New York engagement of the season, joins singer/songwriter Josh Ritter in an eclectic evening; the program includes Bach, Milstein, Paganini and Ysaêe as well as Ritter's songs.

In a program dubbed "Strings Attached," Grammy Award-winning jazz artist Dianne Reeves makes her Met Museum debut in October, performing with guitarists Russell Malone and Romero Lubambo.

Rock legend Patti Smith will collaborate with friends in a program titled "Poems and Songs for the Young at Heart." The January concert will feature the works of Hans Christian Andersen, William Blake, Lewis Carroll, A.A. Milne, Rudyard Kipling and Robert Louis Stevenson.

In its last New York concert, the Beaux Arts Trio will perform Schubert's First and Second Piano Trios and a work by Gy‹rgy Kurtšg. Founded in 1955 by pianist Menahem Pressler, the Beaux Arts Trio has been performing at the Museum since 1973.

Other highlights of the Museum's 2007-08 concert series include five lectures, a world premiere by Chen Yi written for Chanticleer and the Shanghai Quartet, and performances by Gilbert and Sullivan specialists The Blue Hill Troupe, the Guarneri String Quartet and Tango Buenos Aires.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's 2007-08 concert season begins in September. More information is available at www.metmuseum.org/tickets.

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