On February 1, the Curtis Institute of Music and the Barnes Foundation launched a new collaboration with a three-concert series by the Aizuri Quartet, the quartet in residence at Curtis and the Barnes Foundation. The collaboration includes premieres of commissions by Curtis student and faculty composers in response to artwork at the Barnes. The February 1 concert featured the world premiere of Curtis composition student Alyssa Weinberg’s Parallels, which was inspired by artist William Glackens, whose works are on display at the Barnes. Two future commissions will be performed as part of the collaboration later this year, one in connection with the large-scale installation Mark Dion, Judy Pfaff, Fred Wilson: The Order of Things and another with the exhibits Wrought Iron and Ellen Harvey: Metal Painting at the Barnes. The Barnes/Curtis collaboration features concerts by the Aizuri Quartet for private and public audiences and presentations and educational programs at the Barnes Foundation. “With this collaboration we have expanded our artists’ commissions to include not just visual art, but music, which was always part of the Foundation’s programming during Dr. Barnes’s lifetime,” said Peg Zminda, acting director of the Barnes.
Posted February 4, 2015