Metropolitan Museum Announces 2005-06 Concert Series

Classic Arts News   Metropolitan Museum Announces 2005-06 Concert Series
The annual concert series at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art will include early-music star Jordi Savall, the Beaux Arts Trio, and the Guarneri String Quartet in 2005-06, the museum announced.

Savall, a viola da gambist and founder of three early-music ensembles, returns after drawing raves with performances at the museum this past season. He will give a concert accompanied by his group Hesprion XXI, conduct a master class, and discuss his career with critic David D'Arcy.

The Beaux Arts Trio gives three concerts as part of a three-year Beethoven cycle that includes all of the composer's piano trios, violin sonatas, and cello sonatas; the Guarneri Quartet, which has performed at the museum each year since 1965, performs six concerts devoted to Mozart in celebration of the 250th anniversary of his birth.

Other highlights include a vocal series with countertenor Bejun Mehta, tenor Rolando Villaz‹n, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, and baritone John Relyeas; a duo recital by pianist Emanuel Ax and clarinetist Richard Stoltzman; and two concerts of Bach cantatas by the chamber orchestra Orpheus.

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