The Getty Villa
All performances take place in the Auditorium at the Getty Villa. Parking is $10 for performances after 5:00 p.m.
Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat
Date: Saturday, October 19, and Sunday, October 20, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m. on Saturday; 3:00 p.m. on Sunday
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium
Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat are internationally renowned as performers of classical and contemporary Persian music. With limited access to public stages in their homeland, the sisters often take to the road, bringing with them lush songs of love and loss. With each concert, they embody the promise of artistic expression to illuminate our common humanity. It is this same hopeful vision that has drawn people throughout the ages to the Cyrus Cylinder. On the occasion of this iconic object's visit to the Getty Villa, the sisters have created a special evening of music also featuring respected Tehran-based instrumentalists Pasha Hanjani (ney), Atabak Elyasi (setar), and Ali Rahimi (daf).
This performance complements the exhibition The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning, on view at the Getty Villa through December 2, 2013.
Generous support for this program was provided by the J. Paul Getty Museum's Villa Council.
April 10, 2010
As both a source of political pride and a muse for cultural expression, Aztec civilization has captivated and inspired artists for more than five centuries. Grammy-nominated Sones de México has garnered accolades far and wide for turning fresh eyes to this rich legacy and performed a special program featuring guest artist Alfredo López, leader of the Mexican musical group Quetzalcóatl, to complement the exhibition The Aztec Pantheon and the Art of Empire. From the Moon's Navel: A Family Concert with Sones de México
April 11, 2010
To mark the international exhibition The Aztec Pantheon and the Art of Empire, Sones de México shared a special program just for families with traditional songs and dances, legends, and myths from Mexico's vibrant musical heritage.
October 5, 2008
Southern California's premier Baroque ensemble and acclaimed soprano Ellen Hargis presented a musical Grand Tour through Europe around 1760 to complement the exhibition Grecian Taste and Roman Spirit: The Society of Dilettanti.
March 15 and 16, 2008
De Organographia, Gayle and Philip Neuman, performed the music of ancient Greece as transcribed from period notation preserved on stone and papyrus sources. Ancient song, including a surviving fragment from Euripides' play Orestes, as well as dramatic pieces and paeans were also part of the program. The March 16 family concert featured ancient Greek music played on reproductions of period instruments.
October 20 and 21, 2007
Patricia Barber performed her new, beautifully crafted jazz song-cycle, Mythologies, in two concerts at the Getty Villa. Mythologies is based on characters in Ovid's Metamorphoses, a Roman reinterpretation of Greek myth filled with gods, mortals, and humor. An equally gifted jazz quartet joined Barber for both performances, creating a rich musical landscape full of poetry and power.
How to Get Here
The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.