Friday, December 19, 2014 at 7pm
Holiday music written by composer Robert Sirota will be featured in a special holiday concert, Songs of the Season, presented by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium. The Met Museum Presents concert will include performances by The Choristers of The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine led by conductor Malcolm J. Merriweather, soprano Mellissa Hughes, violist Nadia Sirota, and harpist Victoria Drake.
The evening will feature Robert Sirota’s resetting of “In the Bleak Midwinter,” the touching Christina Rossetti poem; the world premiere of his arrangement of the Sephardic Hanukah song “Ocho Kandelikas”; the world premiere of two arrangements of the traditional Christmas songs “Twelve Days” and “Three Ships”; and the world premiere of a new work called “Christmas Past,”which draws on material Sirota and his family recorded on cassette tapes as audio Christmas cards in 1991 and 1992.
“Ever since our children were very young, our family always has done a great deal of singing and playing around Christmas time,” Sirota says. “Over the last few years, I have created a small collection of holiday songs and arrangements as loving gifts to family and friends. It is a special joy now to share these with other families at The Metropolitan Museum.”
In addition, the Cathedral Choristers will be performing gems from the greatest British and American choral composers of the twentieth century, anchored by Benjamin Britten, whose Ceremony of Carols is one of his most beloved works.
Met Museum Presents is a wide-ranging series of performances and talks at The Metropolitan Museum of Art that explores contemporary issues and innovations through the lens of the Museum’s exhibitions and unparalleled gallery spaces. It creates a platform for curators, thought-leaders, and artists to come together and explore the Met as a generative force.
Tickets start at $65. Bring the Kids for $1. One full-price adult ticket allows you to purchase up to three kids’ (ages 7-16) tickets for $1 each.
Presented by The Metropolitan Museum of Art.