A New Concert Series and a Custom Museum Tour Presented by Nine Circles Chamber Theatre and Rubin Museum of Art (RMA)

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Nine Circles Chamber Theatre and RMA announce the four concert inaugural season of REFLECTIONS, Gil Morgenstern Artistic Director, an interdisciplinary performing arts series at the Museum.

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Nine Circles Chamber Theatre and RMA announce the four concert inaugural season of REFLECTIONS, Gil Morgenstern Artistic Director, an interdisciplinary performing arts series at the Museum.

The series will present programs integrating music and text, taking inspiration from and reflecting on RMA's exhibitions. Each concert is designed as an aural "reflection" of the chosen exhibition through a musical lens. In a groundbreaking collaboration between NINE CIRCLES and RMA each performance will be preceded by a guided visit to the exhibition to help set the visual context for the concert.

  • The season dates are: Wednesday, October 31, 7PM; Sunday, January, 13, 6PM; Wednesday, March, 19, 7PM; and Wednesday, May 21, 7PM
  • The performances will take place in RMA's Theater
  • Tickets are $20, and include Museum admission. Purchase tickets through RMA's Box Office, 212 620 5000 ext 344.

The October 31 program, titled SACRED LANDSCAPES, will present music and text inspired by personal encounters with both natural and man-made landscapes; immortalizing them through works of unparalleled beauty and drama. This artistic journey, from flowing crystalline streams in China to the haunting terrain of the Middle East to the wide open prairies of the American Great Plains, was inspired by the RMA's exhibition in New York City entitled Bon: The Magic Word. This first ever exhibition of Bon art illuminates the little known religious and cultural group living in the Himalayas and Central Asia. Scholars and collectors in both east and west have tended to overlook the art of Bon, leaving a large landscape of art historical territory almost totally unexplored. Looking at the Himalayan region through the lens of Bon provides a deeper and richer understanding of this region's art and culture with its belief in the spirits of place and natural formations.

The program for SACRED LANDSCAPES will include Antonin Dvorak's AMERICAN STRING QUARTET, Osvaldo Golijov's TENEBRAE, Bright Sheng's THE STREAM FLOWS, Zhou Long's HEARING THE MONK XUN PLAY THE QIN (from "Poems from Tang"), Riad El-Soumbati's LONGA RIYAD (arr. Sheronick) and David Wilde's CELLIST OF SARAJEVO, along with text from the works of Mary Shelly, Egyptian novelist and Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz, NY Times reporter John F. Burns and Walt Whitman.
Joining violinist and artistic director Gil Morgenstern will be Aaron Boyd, violin, Kathryn Lockwood, viola, Wilhelmina Smith, cello and Yousif Sheronick, percussion.

This collaboration marks the first classical music series to be presented at RMA (http://www.rmanyc.org) and marks the beginning of a long discussed collaboration between Nine Circles Chamber Theatre (http://www.nincecircles.org) and the Museum.

About Gil Morgenstern, Artistic Director and violinist:
Acclaimed for his artistry and technical brilliance as soloist, in recital or as a chamber musician, violinist Gil Morgenstern has performed all over the world to overwhelming critical praise. In addition to his performance activities, his work with Nine Circles Chamber Theatre, and directing the Reflection Series at the Rubin Museum of Art and in Florida, Pennsylvania and North Carolina, Morgenstern is also the artistic director of the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble, a diverse chamber group specializing in Classical, Romantic and contemporary works of mixed instrumentation. He has been the subject of numerous television and radio shows and he can be regularly heard on NPR broadcasts. Mr. Morgenstern records for the MMC, Koch International Classics and Delos labels. For more information: http://www.gilmorgenstern.com

About RMA
RMA houses an esteemed collection of Himalayan art. The paintings, pictorial textiles, and sculpture are drawn from cultures that touch upon the 1,800 mile arc of mountains that extends from Afghanistan in the northwest to Myanmar (Burma) in the southeast and includes Tibet, Nepal, Mongolia, and Bhutan. The larger Himalayan cultural sphere, determined by significant cultural exchange over millennia, includes Iran, India, China, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia.

The rich cultural legacy of this region, largely unfamiliar to Western viewers, offers an uncommon opportunity for visual adventure and aesthetic discovery. For young and old alike it is an environment in which to encounter the unknown and find meaningful dialogue. It requires actively bringing to bear one's previous experience, looking closely at the material at hand, discriminating carefully, and shaping the imagination. The fundamental aim of the Museum is to provide this adventure in learning through art.

Working to foster connections between visitors and the art is RMA's diverse team of knowledgeable and professional guides who are always available on the gallery floors to answer questions, engage in discussions, and help explore the art at any level. The guides work in concert with RMA's ambitious schedule of exhibitions, education, and public programming, designed to provide multiple entryways to delve into Himalayan art.

REFLECTIONS at RMA is produced by Nine Circles Chamber Theatre, Gil Morgenstern and Jonathan Levi artistic directors, with generous support from JP Morgan Chase. Since 1997, under the artistic directorship of renowned violinist Gil Morgenstern and acclaimed writer Jonathan Levi, the New York-based Nine Circles Chamber Theatre has performed around the United States and in Europe, marrying the intimacy of chamber music with the power of theater to create unique and innovative programs that have been called "startlingly effective," (The New York Times) and "concise, witty, and bold" (Opera News).


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