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- Buy here for Hear Color, See Sound, Sunday, November 15, at 2 p.m.
- Buy here for Distant Partners, Distant Portraits, Sunday, January 24, at 2 p.m.
- Buy here for 2010, Sunday, May 16, at 2 p.m.
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Music and visual art meet, invent a secret handshake, and invite you to join the club with today’s side deal: $7 seats to the performance of your choice in the Brooklyn Philharmonic Music Off the Walls concert series. Inspired by exhibits at the Brooklyn Museum, musicians classical and contemporary take the stage, responding to watercolors and oil paints with catgut and vocal reeds. The Brooklyn Philharmonic has a reputation for uniting alt and classical musicians with great success, and this program is no exception. Featured BP fellow-composers include a DJ and a rock/jazz bassist. Choose from four stirring performances:
- Hear Color, See Sound: Violinist Deborah Buck and pianist Milly Morkoski perform selections by Schoenberg, Gershwin, Debussy, Messiaen, and Ysaye in response to the exhibit James Tissot: The Life of Christ and American Identities.
- Distant Partners, Distant Portraits: Pianist Kathleen Supove and the BP String Quartet respond to Patricia Cronin: Harriet Hosmer, Lost and Found with selected songs by Schubert, a live remix of Debussy’s “homage a Rameau,” and pieces by Randall Woolf with video accompaniment.
- Always Was & Will Be: Ryan Brown, bass, and Corey Dargel, tenor, perform with violinist Matthew Szemela and the BP String Quartet in this program inspired by To Live Forever: Egyptian Treasures. This program on the themes of life, death, and regeneration will feature arrangements of songs by Schubert and avant-garde icon Nico.
- 2010: Pianist Kate Campbell and the BP String Quartet perform compositions by BP composer fellow Ryan Brown, who examines how artists and musicians grapple with issues of our times in the first decade of the 21st century. Inspired by exhibit 21: Selections of Contemporary Art.
Choose the program that strikes a chord with you, but remember: all performances may be subject to drop-ins by the Brooklyn Philharmonic’s legendary Dancing Frankenstein.
Discover the exact location where music genres meet visual art and throw back a few highballs, toasting their mutual admiration. Or give art and music the same appreciation you give the show 24 and buy a few Groupons to enjoy the entire series.
The Brooklyn Philharmonic blurred the lines between classical and current music to great acclaim. The New York Times embraced its spring program, Shuffle Mode, where indie rock met classical: > * There was no question that the classical and indie realms can share a border where music turns pensive, knotty and otherworldly. – Jon Pareles, New York Times
Time Out raved about the BP’s ongoing series of pop-classical collaborations, BP Presents: > * The Brooklyn Philharmonic has attracted plenty of well-deserved attention during the past few years with “BP Presents,” an impressive string of high-profile collaborations with alternative-music icons like Laurie Anderson, Antony and Joanna Newsom—the last of which we included in our roundup of 2008’s top live events. – Steve Smith, Time Out
Music is Real
As long as there has been music, there have been music skeptics. Permeating every layer of society, they’re more abrasive than moon-hoax theorists, more baffling than Flat Earthers, and better organized than the Seinfeld Deniers.
Music skeptics believe that there is no such thing as music, and the human ear is actually sensing simple vibrations in the air—no more real than radio signals or Santa Claus’s legendary evil twin, Monto.
Groupon Science Doctors, however, have proved, inconclusively, that music does exist, and can, in fact, be concentrated into a near-solid form: a sort of lavender paste with incalculable household uses. So far we’ve:
- Used it to fill old picture-frame holes
- Spread it across toast
- Watched its cells multiply at an alarming rate as it mindlessly devoured our entire building, the adjacent candle store, and a devastating and growing portion of the city with no end in sight. So…you might want to look out for that.
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