Friday, February 17, 2006

National Gallery Of Art And Five Washington Area - Institutions Present "Mozart On The Mall" Concerts

Next two concerts:

Sunday, February 19, 2006, 6:30 p.m.

The renowned Kuijken Quartet — a pioneer in the historical performance practice movement— performs Mozart’s string Quartets K. 387, 421, and 458. This is the first of two concerts in which the quartet plays the complete cycle of "Haydn" quartets: the first concert is at the National Gallery of Art and the second is at the Library of Congress.

Admission to the National Gallery of Art and its concerts is always free. Additional information is available at (202) 842-6941 or


Tuesday, February 21, 2006, 8:00 p.m.

The Kuijken Quartet performs Mozart’s "Haydn" Quartets no. 4, K. 428; no. 5, K.464; and no. 6, K.465 at the Library of Congress.

This concert take place in the Coolidge Auditorium in the Jefferson Building. A special exhibition of Mozart’s autographed scores and selected first editions will be on view in the foyer of the Coolidge Auditorium for all three concerts. Admission is free, but tickets are required and available through Ticketmaster. Additional information is available at (202) 707-5502

Source: (January 6, 2006 -- I was in Belarus when this release came out and I just now saw it.)


A very selected look ahead at some modern-day Mozarts:

April 2
Kronos Quartet, with Wu Man, pipa player
Music by Rahul Dev Burman, Michael Gordon, Terry Riley, Sigur Rós, and John Zorn
6:30 p.m.
East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art

April 29
Ute Lemper, vocalist
Cabaret concert, presented in honor of Dada
Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art

Again, please see

Henri Matisse
Pianist and Checker Players, 1924
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon

Can you find Matisse's Red Violin?
(Click on image for enlargement)

"Through the 1920s, Matisse stayed in Nice from late fall to early spring of each year, while his wife and family remained in Issy-les-Moulineaux outside Paris. Pianist and Checker Players is set in Matisse's Nice apartment and shows the artist's favorite model, Henriette Darricarère, and her two brothers. The painting can be seen as a surrogate family portrait, with Henriette standing in for Matisse's daughter, and the two boys representing his sons. But regardless of the relationship between the artist and his subjects, this is distinctly Matisse's world: near the empty armchair at the center of the painting where the artist might sit, his violins hang from the armoire and his drawings and paintings are tacked to the wall.

The possible psychological complexities of the painting are more than matched by those of its pictorial organization. In few paintings does Matisse manage to control such an extraordinary proliferation of pattern and ornamentation. To this decorative profusion Matisse adds an equivalent abundance of perspectival viewpoints: piano, chairs, floor, and bureau are each pictured from different angles. Despite the wealth of pictorial elements, a curious, calm order of structured harmony prevails. Pianist and Checker Players is suffused with a warm glow made up of complementary tones of yellow and red."

Image and Text Copyright © 2006 National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC


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