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John Singer Sargent, Simplon Pass: Reading, c. 1911, opaque and translucent watercolor and wax resist with graphite underdrawing, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Hayden Collection—Charles Henry Hayden Fund. Photograph © 2013 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Gallery Concert: Chamber Music Houston “A Musical Homage to Sargent”

Sunday, May 04, 2014
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Beck Building
5601 Main Street Map & Directions

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in partnership with Chamber Music Houston, presents “A Musical Homage to Sargent” by Trio SLAVA to complement the exhibition John Singer Sargent: The Watercolors. Though celebrated most often as a portrait painter of rulers and the upper-class in both Europe and the United States, Sargent (1856–1925) was unsurpassed in his use of watercolors. His watercolors are intimate and personal, a means to explore sunlight and shadow and to capture his vision of Venice and the Mediterranean coast, villa gardens, and marble quarries.

Concert Program
• Frank Bridge (1879–1941), Phantasie in c minor for Piano Trio (14 min.)
• Edward Elgar (1857–1934), "Salut d'amour" for Violin and Piano (3 min.)
• Rodion Shchedrin (born 1932), "Imitating Albeniz" for Violin and Piano (5 min.)
• Bohuslav Martinu (1890–1959), "Rossini Variations" for Cello and Piano (10 min.)
• Gaspar Cassado (1897–1966), Piano Trio in C Major (17 min)

Trio SLAVA—including Lachezar Kostov (piano), Viktor Valkov (cello), and Oleg Sulyga (violin)—has selected music for elegance, style, and flair that typifies works of art by John Singer Sargent by composers contemporary with Sargent—except Rodion Shchedrin (born 1932), who is alive and well and living in Russia. But Shchedrin’s composition is based on music by Isaac Albeniz (1860–1909), a Spanish composer contemporary with Sargent, who had a special love for Spanish music.

Concert Tickets
$15 for Museum members and HFCM members
$18 for nonmembers
Secure your seats in advance! Use the "Get Tickets" button above and use your own printer; call 713.639.7771; or visit any MFAH admissions desk.

Special Pre-Concert Tour
Before the concert, a docent-led tour explores highlights of the exhibition John Singer Sargent: The Watercolors. Those concert-goers interested in attending the tour are encouraged to purchase exhibition tickets ahead of time, either online or at the door, and convene in the lobby of the Audrey Jones Beck Building before 6 p.m.

Education programs receive generous funding from the Kinder Foundation; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; ExxonMobil; the Favrot Fund; Mr. William J. Hill; Occidental Petroleum Corporation; the National Museum of Korea; the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Susanne M. and Melbern G. Glasscock;
The Brown Foundation, Inc.; The Americana Foundation; Houston Junior Woman’s Club; The Crain Foundation; TMK IPSCO; Cameron International Corporation; Aggie and Joe Foster; the Sterling-Turner Foundation; and The Susan Vaughan Foundation.