The Boston Chamber Music Society can be counted upon to come up with interesting and exceedingly well-executed thematic programming. As a follow-up to their presentation last year, “Musical Time” here , here and here they will again be venturing into the realm of multi-media with a special event entitled “An Artistic Ménagerie: Collaborations of Mind and Hand and Imagerie, Paris, 1900-1926.” The musical program, scheduled for 4:00 on Saturday, January 22 at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium, will be preceded by a public forum at 1:30. The panelists are: Marcus Thompson, Artistic Director of Boston Chamber Music Society and Professor of Music at MIT; Ann Allen, Adjunct Lecturer, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Jonathan McPhee, Music Director, Boston Ballet
The concept pairs images and music (read “sound and light”) in ways suitable for a high tech setting like MIT. The music for piano four hands and voice with piano from Paris between 1900 and 1926—a fertile period for visual and musical experiment—will be enhanced with projected images of artworks from nature as well as period stage and costume designs by Picasso, Léger and Roerich for Ballets Russes and Ballets Suédois. The performers are: David Kravitz, baritone; Randall Hodgkinson, piano and Mihae Lee, piano. The program details are listed in BMInt’s ” Upcoming Events.” BCMS Artistic Director Marcus Thompson has kindly made his very interesting program notes available here.