Strauss, Watteau & Nostalgia

Sun, Feb 7, 2016, 2 PM–3:30 PM

THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, THE GRACE RAINEY ROGERS AUDITORIUM
Part of the series Sight & Sound

–The Orchestra Now continues the Sight & Sound series at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
–Conductor and music historian Leon Botstein draws parallels between music and the visual arts
–A discussion of the works, a performance of Strauss, and your questions answered

Program

The Music: Strauss’ Le bourgeois gentilhomme
Obsessed with the past, Strauss wrote music for a 1912 update of Molière’s play Le bourgeois gentilhomme, which he later formed into an orchestral suite

The Artwork: Jean-Antoine Watteau’s The French Comedians
Old-fashioned, comedic characters take the stage in Watteau’s 1721 painting of a theatre scene

Artists

LEON BOTSTEIN, conductor