Monday, August 09, 2010

Classical WETA Abandons Its Training Wheels: Tonight's Broadcast Piano Recital From The National Gallery Of Art Spans Haydn To Ravel & Webern

Front Row Washington tonight features Pianist Jens Elvekjaer

9:01 pm
Joseph Haydn
Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, Hob VXI:49

Anton Webern
Variations for Piano

Maurice Ravel
Miroirs: Oiseaux tristes; Une barque sur l'océan

Robert Schumann

Carnaval, Op. 9

Recorded Live in Concert at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Header credit: Washington sculptor Martin Puryear's "Plenty's Boast" 1994-1995 (c) Art21 2001-07. All rights reserved.

Red cedar and pine, 68 x 83 x 118 inches
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
Purchase: The Renee C. Crowell Trust
Courtesy Courtesy McKee Gallery, New York

"I work with a lot of things besides wood, but wood remains my primary material when I want to shape or construct things. That’s the natural way that I can easily get a result. It’s very flexible, very versatile, and doesn’t require tremendous technological backup. If you’ve got the right tools, you can do it all using your own physical body power. I do have machines in the studio, but they’re used appropriately. They’re not used for every single operation. And I don’t use them for the most precise work."

- Martin Puryear


The new Fisher Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art -- soon to be housed in its own new, quarter billion dollar connecting building -- also has a beautiful new red cedar sculpture from the 21st century (CE) by Washington, D.C. - born sculptor Martin Puryear.


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