Picasso and Music

Satie: Parade, arranged for piano four hands
De Falla: Seven Canciones Populaires for soprano and piano
Stravinsky: Suite Italienne for violin and piano
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, arranged for two pianos

Read the program notes by Sarah Rothenberg.

Sofia Selowsky, mezzo-soprano; Boson Mo, violin; Sarah Rothenberg, piano; Timothy Hester, piano; Marilyn Nonken, piano

On the occasion of the Menil Collection‘s drawing exhibition, Picasso The Line, pianist and Da Camera artistic director Sarah Rothenberg presents a program inspired by the work of Pablo Picasso.

Picasso’s genius is notable for its virtuosic diversity of styles and his work in multiple artistic media. His creativity extended also to theater and dance in collaborations with such composers as Igor Stravinsky, Manuel De Falla and Erik Satie. These landmark ballets produced by Diaghilev’s legendary Ballet russes, with sets and costumes by Picasso, become the springboard for Sarah Rothenberg’s exploration of parallel paths in music and art at the beginning of the 20th century.

Pianist Sarah Rothenberg’s many activities as performer, writer and public speaker illuminate connections between visual art and music. She has been a frequent guest speaker and performer at The Guggenheim; The Jewish Museum in New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Menil Collection on subjects ranging from Impressionist drawing, Paul Klee, and Malevich to Kurt Schwitters, Joseph Beuys and Mark Rothko. Da Camera’s recording, Rothko Chapel: Feldman, Satie and Cage, has received international acclaim as a “terrific concept album” and was named one of the top ten classical CD’s of 2015 by the Chicago Tribune.

“silvery-luminescent mezzo-soprano of power and poise”  — Opera News on Sofia Selowsky

“Sarah Rothenberg is a prolific and creative thinker” — The Wall Street Journal

“Erik Satie’s [piano pieces]… are marvelously strange and weightless in the hands of pianist Sarah Rothenberg.” — The Guardian, London

Presented in conjunction with the Menil Collection’s exhibition Picasso The Line, on view September 16, 2016 to January 8, 2017.