Calendar of Events
Four Nations Ensemble Concert Series:
Saints and Sinners
The Four Nations Ensemble embraces the Wadsworth Atheneum’s pioneering exhibitions of Counter-Reformation and Baroque Art with passages from 17th- and 18th-century oratorios. Renowned American vocalists Pascale Beaudin, Stephanie Houtzeel, Thomas Cooley and David Newman will join the ensemble in a dramatic program about St. John, Salome, Saul, David, St. Cecelia and Mary Magdalene that complements the museum’s Baroque art collection.
Preceded by a Gallery Talk at 1pm.
Free with museum admission.
Listen to a performance by the Four Nations Ensemble below:
Generously supported by the Ellie Warburg Residency Concert Series at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.
6:30pm | Doors open, cash bar
7:30pm | Concert
The incomparable Shemekia Copeland returns to the Wadsworth Atheneum! With a voice that is alternately sultry, assertive and roaring, Shemekia’s wide-open vision of contemporary blues, roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with a modern musical and lyrical approach.
“Shemekia captures the timelessness of the blues while spinning it forward with remarkable maturity.” –USA Today
Image: Shemekia Copeland © Photo Suzanne Foschino
5pm | Happy Hour
7pm | Concert
Join the acclaimed East of the River chamber group for an evening of Middle Eastern music to celebrate the special exhibition Frederic Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage.
Arrive early for happy hour in the Untitled Bistro and outdoor courtyard.
Free admission; light Middle-Eastern fare and drinks available for purchase.
Porke Llorach | Sephardic Song
Ein K’eloheinu | Sephardic Liturgical/Instrumental interlude by Daphna Mor
Tzur mishelo/Los bilbilicos | Sephardic Liturgical
Mosé salió de Misrayim/Rotta | Sephardic Song/Stern & Mor
Adio Querida | Sephardic ballad
Sultaniyegah Longa Sadi Işılay | Turkey, 1899-1966
Una tarde de Verano | Sephardic Song. Variations by Nina Stern
Hija Mia | Sephardic song. Instrumental interlude by Kane Mathis
Ghaetta | Italian, late 14th century
(Ms. Add. 29987, London, British Library. Arranged by Nina Stern)
Noritz Karoon Yegav | Armenian song
Rast Sirto | Ottoman Dance
Pilgrimage | Shane Shanahan
Samai Hijaz | Abdel Rahman Jabakji (d.2003, Syria)
Hicaz Sirto | Turkish dance
Yigdal | Liturgical Song, Sepharad/Yerushalaim
Makedonsko Devojce | Macedonian song
Kozarica | Bulgarian Dance
Sirto | Greek Dance
This program focuses on Bela Bartok’s Sixth String Quartet, written in 1939. In addition to his mother’s ill health, Bartok was at the time coping with feelings of betrayal resulting in part from Hungary signing a non-aggression agreement with Nazi Germany in 1937. As part of the pact, Hungary annexed parts of Czechoslovakia in 1938 following the German invasion.
The Sixth Quartet is centered on a recurring theme marked “Mesto,” which means “melancholy, or “sad,” juxtaposed with fragmented parodies of traditional Hungarian music. Music of Bartok’s contemporaries—those who used elements of Surrealism as well as folkflorist and other related techniques—will also be featured.
Tickets are $38/$28 members.
6pm: Cash bar opens
Hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, the powerhouse duo of Cara Luft and JD Edwards plays americana, folk, and bluegrass with a northern-prairie edge. With a stage banter striking a unique balance between slapstick and sermon, these veteran singer-songwriters have a way of making time disappear. Laugh, dance, and get caught up in a good ol’ fashioned sing-along.
A sung celebration of urban, suburban, and rural life—the moods, landscapes, and sounds that characterize each setting—This Land Is Ours features music by well-known American composers as well as immigrants, women, and other historically marginalized American groups. Pride, wonder, comfort, bewilderment, and excitement unite in the message that this land is ours. Composer B.E. Boykin, faculty member at Spelman College, joins Mirror Visions Ensemble to discuss her song “Secret”, a setting for a poem by Gwendolyn Bennett.
Preceded by a docent-led tour of Afrocosmologies at 1pm.
$25; $20 members.
Get ready for Valentine’s Day with an afternoon of soul-stirring music by Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss performed by the Hartford Symphony chamber musicians. Preceded by a 1pm gallery talk by concertmaster Leonid Sigal.
$30; $25 for HSO subscribers and Wadsworth members. For tickets and information, visit hartfordsymphony.org or call (860) 987-5900.
The Sunday Serenades Chamber Music Series is made possible, in part, by The Saunders Foundation Music Endowment at the Wadsworth Atheneum.
Image: Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée (French, 1725-1805), The Invocation of Love, c. 1777. Oil on panel. The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1983.1.
An opera composed by Christoph Willibald Gluck, based on the myth of Orpheus and set to a libretto by Ranieri de’ Calzabigi. It belongs to the genre of the azione teatrale, meaning an opera on a mythological subject with choruses and dancing. For information and tickets, visit thevirtuosi.ticketleap.com.
This concert is canceled. In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the museum is actively reviewing our public programming schedule in line with state and local guidance. Learn more about the Wadsworth response to COVID-19.
The concert includes works for strings by the giants of Polish music of the 20th century. Virtuosi’s Artistic Director, Adrian Sylveen will lead the orchestra in a performance of String Symphony (Quartet) No. 2 by Karol Szymanowski and Serenade for Strings by Mieczyslaw Karlowicz. The program includes arrangements of Szymanowski’s Mazurkas by contemporary Polish composer Jakub Kowalewski.
For information and tickets, visit thevirtuosi.ticketleap.com.
This concert is canceled. In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, all programs are canceled until further notice. The museum is actively reviewing our public programming schedule in line with state and local guidance. Learn more about the Wadsworth response to COVID-19.
Nourish the soul with an afternoon of delectable music that excites the senses in conjunction with the exhibition Savor: A Revolution in Food Culture. $30; $25 for HSO subscribers and Wadsworth members. For tickets and information, visit hartfordsymphony.org or call (860) 987-5900.