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 2Music in the Face of War December 16 Music in the Aftermath of War
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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")