Pictures at an Exhibition at the Arsht Center

Set to works on view at the Lowe Art Museum, the Frost Symphony Orchestra will perform Modest Mussorgsky's composition on December 4

Gerard Schwarz. Photo courtesy of Frost School of Music
Gerard Schwarz. Photo courtesy of Frost School of Music

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, and the Lowe Art Museum will present Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, featuring the Frost Symphony Orchestra conducted by world-renowned Maestro Gerard Schwarz on December 4 at 8 p.m. The immersive evening of music and art will take place at the Knight Concert Hall as part of Miami Art Week 2021.

Tickets for Pictures at an Exhibition are $25, $35, $50, $65, $95, and may be purchased at the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online.

Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition includes 10 movements, all inspired by artworks he viewed at posthumous show in 1873 of more than 400 paintings and drawings by his close friend, architect, and artist Viktor Hartmann. Mussorgsky composed Pictures in 1874, and it was orchestrated by Maurice Ravel in 1922. In this dynamic presentation, the work’s 10 movements and “promenades” will be paired with more than 50 projected images created by leading contemporary artists (Doug Argue, Omar Ba, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Claudia DeMonte, Juan Roberto Diago, Michele Oka Doner, Carlos Estévez, Karen LaMonte, Yassi Mazandi, Ed McGowin, Gladys Nilsson, Virgil Ortiz, Carlos Quintana, Alexis Rockman, Arthur Simms, and Agnieszka Traczewska) as well as key works from the Lowe’s permanent collection. The movements, with some followed by a promenade include:

  1. “The Gnome”
  2. “The Old Castle”
  3. “Tuileries”
  4. “Cattle”
  5. “Ballet of Unhatched Chicks”
  6. “Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle”
  7. “The Marketplace at Limoges”
  8. “Catacombs/Roman Tombs”
  9. “The Hut on Fowl’s Legs”
  10. “The Great Gate at Kiev”

The evening will also include music by Aaron Copland, Julia Perry, and others.

Baby Yaga Hut, Ed McGowin
Baby Yaga Hut, Ed McGowin

“The Frost School of Music is excited to be presenting this important composition in collaboration with the Lowe Art Museum and the Adrienne Arsht Center, and particularly excited that it will coincide with Art Basel,” says Schwarz. “This promises to be a thrilling evening combining music, performed by the esteemed Frost Symphony Orchestra with an extraordinary visual aspect that will enhance the audience’s appreciation of Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’s famed work Pictures at an Exhibition.”

Maestro Schwarz is a renowned interpreter of nineteenth century German, Austrian, and Russian repertoire, in addition to his noted work with contemporary American composers. He is recognized internationally for his moving performances, innovative programming, and extensive catalogue of recordings.  In his nearly five decades as a respected classical musician and conductor, Schwarz has received hundreds of honors and accolades including Emmy Awards, Grammy nominations, ASCAP Awards, and the Ditson Conductor’s Award. He was the first American named Conductor of the Year by Musical America and has received numerous honorary doctorates.

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