Orchestra-museum partnerships on the rise

Posted on: October 24, 2019

“Orchestras and museums are stepping up their partnerships, hoping to attract new audiences both young and old,” writes Jane Levere in Wednesday’s (10/23) New York Times. “The New York Philharmonic is staging an elaborate multiyear initiative starting in February called ‘Project 19’ to mark the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution. A key offering will be a newly staged version of Virgil Thomson’s 1947 opera The Mother of Us All … at the Metropolitan Museum of Art…. Next spring … the Cleveland Museum of Art and Cleveland Orchestra, along with the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, Cleveland School of the Arts, Cleveland Public Library and Facing History and Ourselves … will participate in a citywide festival called ‘Censored: Art & Power.’ … ‘On some level, collaborations between museums and orchestras are the most natural thing. After all, all human beings paint, sing, dance, sculpt, draw and make music,’ … said Jesse Rosen, president and chief executive of the League of American Orchestras…. Music, added [arts consultant] Arthur Cohen … can enable museums to offer ‘new experiences around their collections’ and attract new visitors of all ages.’ ”

Posted October 24, 2019

In photo: In 2017, Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society performed the Monteverdi Vespers in the Temple of Dendur at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Stephanie Berger photograph