The Museum’s annual Live! At the Norton concert series is about to begin its 18th exciting season. This season features more shows and a broader array of musical styles, from the Latin rhythms of Chino Nunez to the Chicago Symphony Orchesra String Quartet to the NOW Ensemble’s “Chamber Music for the 21st century.”
Tickets for all performances are $20; $15 for Members (except Feb.10 Chicago Symphony Orchestra String Quartet, which is free) and are available in advance beginning Oct. 15 through the Museum website at norton.org. Any remaining tickets on the day of the performance will be sold at the Visitor Experience Desk. Doors open at 2:30 p.m., seating is general admission.
The schedule is as follows:
Chino Nunez and His Orchestra
Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 / 3 p.m.
Pablo “Chino” Nunez is an accomplished percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, recording artist, band leader, and educator. The multiple Grammy, Latin Grammy, and Billboard Music Award winner/nominee has performed and toured with a verifiable Who’s Who in the world of Latin music, as well as with his own critically acclaimed ensemble the Chino Nunez Orchestra, which performs salsa, Latin jazz, and more. This concert is in conjunction with the special exhibition, The Body Says, I Am a Fiesta: The Figure in Latin American Art.
Beyond Tango! The Influence of Argentine Music on the Americas
Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020 / 3 p.m.
The Alexander Wu quartet, with Rodolfo Zanetti (bandoneon), Nick Danielson (violin), Pedro Giraudo (string bass, composer, and 2018 Latin Grammy Award-winner for best album), and Wu on piano, is a unique, cross-over, chamber-jazz band that brings to life the rich, multi-cultural history of Argentina’s music, including folk, classical, traditional tango classics, and cutting-edge, jazz-inspired Tango Nuevo. The program features the music of Ástor Piazzolla, Carlos Gardel, Alberto Ginastera, Pedro Giraudo, Maria Elena Walsh, and others, presented in conjunction with the special exhibition, The Body Says, I Am a Fiesta: The Figure in Latin American Art.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra String Quartet
Monday, Feb. 10, 2020 / 4 p.m. / FREE with Museum admission
Concert master Robert Chen leads a quartet, featuring Stephanie Jeong, Wei Ting-Kuo, and John Sharp in a program of chamber works specifically chosen for the Norton Museum. In addition, the musicians will be joined for part of the program by talented student instrumentalists from the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach.
Lysander Piano Trio
Sunday, March 1, 2020 / 3 p.m.
Winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Lysander Piano Trio features Itamar Zorman (violin), Michael Katz (cello), and Liza Stepanova (piano). The Trio has developed a reputation for the innovative performance of master works alongside newer compositions, and hidden gems from its repertoire. Their program includes works by Granados, Mozart, Brahms, and contemporary composers Jennifer Higdon and Augusta Read Thomas that relate to artworks on view in the galleries.
Musicians from Marlboro
Saturday, March 28, 2020 / 3 p.m.
Since 1951, Musicians from Marlboro has been nurturing artistic growth and collaboration between musical luminaries such as Murray Perahia, Paula Robison, Sir András Schiff, Peter Serkin, and Richard Stoltzman, to name a few. This year’s ensemble presents performances of Brahms’s Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 67 and Respighi’s Il tramonto for vocalist and string quartet. The two quartets join together in the second half to perform Mendelssohn’s Octet, a masterpiece of the chamber music repertoire.
Sunday, April 26, 2020 / 3 p.m.
The NOW Ensemble is a dynamic group of performers and composers dedicated to making new chamber music for the 21st century. NOW merges “the formal elegance of chamber music with a pop-honed concision and rhythmic vitality.” Their unique instrumentation – flute, clarinet, electric guitar, double bass, and piano – brings a fresh sound and a new perspective to the classical tradition. NOW Ensemble’s program features Rome Prize-winning composer Sean Friar’s new work, “Before and After” and a new work by violinist and composer Michi Wiancko.
All About America
Saturday, May 16, 2020 / 3 p.m.
Award-winning pianist Yoko Sata Kothari returns to the Norton with a program for solo piano featuring works by American and foreign composers who reflect facets of America through diverse musical styles. To mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, the program begins with 7 Variations on ‘God Save the King’ and its American counterpart, “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.” The program also includes “American Suite” by Dvorak, works by Gershwin and Bernstein, and “Portraits in Jazz” by pianist and composer Valerie Capers.
Live! At the Norton was made possible by the generosity of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. Additional support was provided by the Gayle and Paul Gross Education Endowment Fund.
Founded in 1941, the Norton Museum of Art is recognized for its distinguished holdings in American, European, and Chinese art, and a continually expanding presence for Photography and Contemporary art. Its masterpieces of 19th century and 20th century European painting and sculpture include works by Brancusi, Gauguin, Matisse, and Picasso, and American works by Stuart Davis, Hopper, O’Keeffe, Pollock, and Sheeler.
The Norton presents special exhibitions, lectures, tours, and programs for adults and children throughout the year. In 2011, the Norton launched RAW (Recognition of Art by Women), featuring the work of a living female painter or sculptor and funded by the Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund/MLDauray Arts Initiative. In 2012, the Norton established the biennial, international Rudin Prize for Emerging Photographers in partnership with Beth Rudin DeWoody, named in honor of her late father, Lewis Rudin.
In 2019, the Norton opened a visionary expansion designed by architecture firm Foster + Partners, under the direction of Pritzker Prize- winning architect Lord Norman Foster. The project reoriented the Norton’s entrance to the main thoroughfare of South Dixie Highway, restoring the symmetry of the museum’s original 1941 design, and includes a new 59,000-square-foot West Wing that increased gallery space for the Norton’s renowned collection. The transformation of the Museum’s 6.3-acre campus created a museum in a garden, featuring new, verdant spaces and a sculpture garden. A block of 1920s-era houses along the south side of the campus also were restored to serve as the director’s home and lodging and studios for a new artist-in-residence program that begins in 2020.