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Pablo Picasso And Music At The Menil

Sarah Rothenberg discusses her latest Da Camera project of intersecting art forms with the visual art of Pablo Picasso and the music of Stravinsky, Satie, and De Falla.


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"What does Pablo Picasso (a painter) have to do with music?" was my first question to Da Camera's Artistic and General Director Sarah Rothenberg, about her upcoming program Picasso and Music. As it turns out, quite a bit, actually! During his time in Paris, Picasso worked with three composers through Sergei Diaghilev's Ballet Russes: Igor Stravinsky, Erik Satie, and Manuel de Falla.

This upcoming performance from Da Camera showcases the musical outcomes of these collaborations, featuring Erik Satie's Parade and Igor Stravinsky's Suite italienne (music from the ballet Pulcinella). Also on the program are Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) and Manuel de Falla's Siete canciones populares españolas (Seven Popular Spanish Songs), which Picasso was not involved with.

Costume for Parade
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A costume for Parade designed by Pablo Picasso.

All of this takes place at the Menil Collection, which is currently exhibiting a collection of Picasso drawings in Picasso The Line, as seen in this Arts InSight segment.

Listen to my conversation with Sarah Rothenberg above where she talks about Picasso's role in these collaborations, the rich cultural scene of Paris, and the music that came from it all. Picasso and Music will be at the Menil Collection on Monday, November 14th at 7:30 PM with a second performance Tuesday, November 15th at 7:30 PM. Go to Da Camera's website for more information.

Recordings featured in this segment are Stravinsky’s Suite italienne performed by Jessica Mathaes, violin and Rodney Waters, piano (Centaur); De Falla’s Siete canciones populares españolas performed by Ailyn Pérez, soprano and Iain Burnside, piano (Opus Arte); Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps performed by Andreï Vieru and Dan Grigore (Harmonia Mundi); and Satie’s Parade performed by Sandra and Jeroen van Veen, pianos (Brilliant Classics).

Joshua Zinn

Joshua Zinn

Producer, Houston Matters

Joshua is a producer for Houston Matters on News 88.7 as well as the host of Encore Houston on Houston Public Media Classical. He joined Houston Public Media as a radio intern in 2014 and became a full-time announcer the following year. Now he prepares segments and occasionally records interviews...

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