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Joe Rosenthal, Old Glory Goes Up on Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, February 23, 1945, gelatin silver print, the MFAH, Manfred Heiting Collection, gift of the Kevin and Lesley Lilly Family. © AP / Wide World Photos

Music and the Journey of War: A 3-Part Concert Series

Sunday, Nov 18, 2012
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Law Building
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

The unprecedented exhibition WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath explores the experience of war through the eyes of photographers. Images recorded the world over, from the mid-1800s to the present day, depict the progression of war and the people affected.

The role of music, like photography, has a complex relationship with the history of war. In correlation with the exhibition, this series of three concerts follows the trajectory of war through music specific to the three overarching phases of war.

A reception to meet the performers follows each performance.

November 18 Music before the Conflict
December 2 Music in the Face of War
December 16 Music in the Aftermath of War

Tickets (click the icon above, or call 713.639.7771)
Concert tickets are $15 each for MFAH Members and $30 for adults (19+). Discounts are available for senior adults, students, youth, and when purchasing in advance online. Concert tickets include same-day general admission to the museum and entry to the WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY exhibition. Please show concert ticket for admission.

Military and student-rate tickets require identification to be presented in person, at time of purchase.

Concert 1 Music before the Conflict
Sunday, November 18
This concert features music that was used as propaganda, music banned in repressive military regimes, music written in the wake of genocide. Selections include:

  • Vocal songs by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (“For the Shores of Your Distant Fatherland”), Gabriel Faure (“Les Berceaux”, op. 23 no. 1), Robert Schumann (“Da Liegt Der Feinde Gestreckte Schar”, op. 117 no. 4 from Vier Husarenlieder von Nikolaus Lenau, no. 4), Ralph Vaughan-Williams (“The Vagabond” from Songs of Travel), art songs about themes of soldiers leaving for battle—the fear, pride, and sadness to leave a lover behind
  • “Muisca nueva chilena” by Violeta Parra, transcribed for flute and guitar. This genre music played a key role in social revolutions in the 1970s and 80s in South America and was banned in Chile during the Pinochet regime.
  • Pieces on Themes of Armenian Folk Songs for String Quartet by Komitas Vardapet (arranged by Sergey Azlamazyan), who went insane one year after witnessing the Armenian genocide
  • Nikolai Rosvalets’ Piano Trio No. 4; Rosvalets was officially suppressed by the Soviet government in 1930 and subsequently became a victim of the political purges
  • Vocal selections from Franz Schubert's Schwanengesang, D. 957, no. 2 (August 1828); Kriegers Ahnung ("Warrior's Foreboding"); Aufenthalt ("Dwelling Place"); and Abschied ("Farewell")