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Gordon Getty Concert Series Features Musica Angelica and Rossetti String Quartet Performing Music Related to Museum Exhibitions

Performance Tickets Available Directly from the Getty Starting May 11

April 27, 2001

Los Angeles--This spring, the Gordon Getty Concert Series features two distinguished, weekend matinee performances of early and classical music related to current Getty Museum exhibitions. On Saturday, June 2, the Musica Angelica early music ensemble performs The Musician's Palette: Color in Music from the Twelfth to the Sixteenth Century in conjunction with the Getty manuscripts exhibition Illuminating Color. On Sunday, June 10, the Rossetti String Quartet performs Sound Perspective: Sander's Germany, a program related to the photographs exhibition of August Sander: German Portraits, 1918-1933. The concert features music by Beethoven, who was admired by Sander, and composers Hindemith and Humperdinck who worked during Sander's era.

The concerts take place at 3 p.m. in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium, 1200 Getty Center Drive. Tickets are $18 ($15 seniors/students) for Musica Angelica and $15 ($12 seniors/students) for the Rossetti String Quartet. For the first time, performance tickets may be purchased directly from the Getty by calling 310-440-7300, or by stopping at the Museum Information Desk on site. Tickets go on sale starting Friday, May 11. For greater convenience, visitors may also may make reservations for the Restaurant and arrange pre-paid parking at the same time. Parking is $5.

Gordon Getty Concert Series Schedule


Saturday, June 2 at 3 p.m.
- Musica Angelica, directed by Michael Eagan, explores the many facets of color in early music. The Musician's Palette: Color in Music from the Twelfth to the Sixteenth Century illustrates how composers and performers of the Middle Ages and Renaissance used variety to "color" their musical thoughts. Contrasts between the male and female singing voices, as well as between vocalists and various instruments were used for both symbolic and acoustical associations. Similarly, musical color was expressed through choices of scale, chromatic alteration, and texture. The concert includes music by Hildegard von Bingen, Machaut, Dunstable, Dufay, Josquin, Morlaye and Gesualdo. It complements the exhibition Illuminating Color, on view at the Getty through August 26, 2001. The exhibition examines the multiple uses of color in illuminated manuscripts from Western Europe and the Mediterranean basin dating from the 12th to the 16th century.

Sunday, June 10 at 3 p.m. - The Los Angeles-based Rossetti String Quartet presents Sound Perspective: Sander's Germany, a program featuring the music of Beethoven, who was a favorite composer of photographer August Sander; and Hindemith and Humperdinck, two other German composers from Sanders' time. The quartet features Nina Bodnar, violin; Henry Gronnier, violin; Thomas Diener, viola; and Eric Gaenslen, cello. With distinguished backgrounds as soloists and chamber music players, quartet members are unified by an abiding love for the string quartet literature and a desire to present it in a natural, yet personal style. Their repertoire is firmly based in the classic/romantic quartet tradition and extends into contemporary literature. The Rossetti String Quartet concert complements the Getty Museum exhibition August Sander: German Portraits, 1918-1933, on view through June 24, 2001. The exhibition surveys Sander's fascinating portraiture of the 1920s and early 1930s, and reveals the face of Germany immediately before Adolf Hitler's Third Reich.

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