FEBRUARY 23, 2020
Sunday at 2 PM

Part of the series Sight & Sound, in which conductor and music historian Leon Botstein explores the parallels between orchestral music and the visual arts. A discussion is accompanied by musical excerpts and on-screen artworks, then a full performance and audience Q&A.

Musicians, like their contemporaries in art and science, were mesmerized (often literally by Franz Anton Mesmer himself) by the advancements and pseudo-advancements in science and technology during the second half of the 18th century. While Mozart poked fun at this fascination in Così fan tutte, Haydn drew inspiration from the fabulous advances in horology in Vienna and London.

To receive access to a pre-concert guided tour of the exhibition Making Marvels: Science and Splendor at the Courts of Europe, make a donation to The Orchestra Now of $150 or more.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Making Marvels: Science and Splendor at the Courts of Europe, on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art through March 1, 2020.


Haydn Symphony No. 101, The Clock

and artwork from the exhibition Making Marvels



Bring the Kids

All tickets include same-day museum admission

Program Detail

The concert will last approximately 2 hours.

Conductor and music historian Leon Botstein discusses the parallels between Haydn’s Symphony No. 101, The Clock, and artwork about technology, accompanied by musical excerpts performed by The Orchestra Now with on-screen artworks.

20 min

Full performance
Franz Joseph Haydn Symphony No. 101, The Clock
28 min

Audience Q&A

All timings are approximate. Program and artists subject to change.

Sample the Music

Haydn Symphony No. 101, The Clock

Image: Gerhard Emmoser (German, active 1556–84). Celestial globe with clockwork, 1579. Austrian, Vienna. Partially gilded silver, gilded brass (case); brass, steel (movement); 10 3/4 x 8 x 7 1/2 in. (27.3 x 20.3 x 19.1 cm); diameter of globe: 5 1/2 in. (14 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.636).

Related Events


Haydn's "The Clock"

The Met Museum