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Muse and Scale

Artis—Naples’ theme for the 2016-17 season

One of Sharon and Timothy Ubben Music Director Andrey Boreyko’s passions is exploring the intersections of the visual and performing arts. His first concert as a conductor blended classical music with images of great works of art. Taking advantage of the opportunities Artis—Naples offers to dive into all artistic aspects of an idea has helped Andrey shape the programming.

This season, Andrey has, along with CEO and President Kathleen van Bergen, Museum Director and Chief Curator Frank Verpoorten and David Filner, vice president, artistic operations, put together a series of performances, exhibitions and lectures touching on two key artistic ideas — muse and scale.

“These two themes provide us with several interesting points of comparison throughout the Artis—Naples offerings,” Andrey says. “The effects of muses on art dates back to antiquity. This season, we chose to explore three dynamic women who influenced countless great artistic minds of the 19th and 20th centuries. For scale, we are excited to show how visual and musical works can be filled with tremendous artistic intensity, regardless of size.”

The Power of Muses: Clara Schumann, Alma Mahler and Misia Sert

The influence these three women had over the classical arts from the middle of the 19th century through the 1950s is incalculable. Each held some of the greatest visual and performing artists of the period enthralled by their mesmerizing personal charm. Throughout the season, works inspired by, financed by or written for these women will be performed, often paired with compelling programming from other parts of the organization.

Schumann’s clout appears across several concerts. Pianist Benedetto Lupo joins Naples Philharmonic musicians for a Wang Chamber Music series performance of Brahms’ Piano Quartet in C Minor, which is rumored to have been written as an expression of his affection. In addition, the Sypert Salon series will feature a performance of her own Piano Trio. Schumann is again the subject of an entire Masterworks performance conducted by Andrey with works by her husband, Robert Schumann, and her friends Mendelssohn and Brahms.

In March, the orchestra takes up the mantle of Alma Mahler with another Andrey-led Masterworks concert, featuring Korngold’s Violin Concerto — dedicated to her — and her husband Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. At the same time, some of her own compositions will be featured in the Wang series, and she will be the subject of an exhibition by The Baker Museum of works by her lover Oskar Kokoschka.

Sert, too, will be the focus of Andrey’s programming with a Masterworks concert featuring works related to Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, including Stravinsky’s Petrushka, the ballet Sert famously saved with a last-minute purchase of costumes for the opening performance. Various Lifelong Learning series will explore her roles in the music, dance and art worlds, where she was notable for hosting an influential salon and posing for artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec and Renoir.

Climb up and down the scale

Andrey is also delving into the idea of scale as part of the 2016-17 season. At The Baker Museum, a season-long exhibition of work from the Olga Hirshhorn collection includes works from the Mouse House collection of small works from prominent artists such as Picasso, Calder, Giacometti, Man Ray and more. Also on display are new gifts from her estate that feature large-scale works as well.

For Andrey, the physical scale of a piece of art need not determine its artistic impact. Throughout the season, there are examples of how small scale does not diminish the value of a work of art. Andrey’s love of short orchestral pieces will inspire a Masterworks concert that includes newly commissioned works from three composers who were selected in part because of their previous relationship with Andrey or the orchestra, mirroring Olga’s long association with visual artists.

On the other end of the size spectrum, The Baker Museum along with the Naples Botanical Garden is hosting an exhibition of monumental sculptures by artist Kevin Box. The works will be displayed on the Artis—Naples’ Kimberly K. Querrey and Louis A. Simpson Cultural Campus and at the Naples Botanical Garden. Box’s metal sculptures resemble giant origami creations. A work of his unfolded origami models will also be on display at the museum.

October 25, 2016


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