Sunday, May 8, 2011

Carnegie Museum of Art and Pittsburgh Song Collaborative Present Concert, ILLUMINATIONS: MUSIC, POETRY, and ART

*Carnegie Museum of Art and Pittsburgh Song Collaborative Present Concert, *


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*7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 12, 2011*

*Carnegie Lecture Hall, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Oakland*

*$10 for Students and Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh Members; $15 general

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*For more information contact
BENJAMIN BINDER, or 412-396-4355*


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*PITTSBURGH PA – *Carnegie Museum of Art and the Pittsburgh Song
Collaborative take a fresh look at the similarities between music, poetry,
and art in a concert of classical art songs creatively juxtaposed with works
of art from the museum’s collection.

Rather than simply pair visual art with the music and poetry of each song,
PSC performers and Museum of Art staff team up for a novel approach, using
visual projection and engaging commentary to allow the audience to discover
deeper, more stimulating resonances between the three forms of art. An art
lover who adores the paintings of Van Gogh, Bonnard, or C├ęzanne will
discover the same expressive designs and compositional strategies explored
in the poetry of Goethe, Baudelaire, or Joyce, as it was set to music by
composers such as Schubert, Debussy, and Barber. Audience members may come
to the concert to enjoy their favorite art form, but they will leave with a
keener appreciation for all three.

The concert features Benjamin Binder, pianist and artistic director of the
Pittsburgh Song Collaborative and assistant professor of music history and
theory at Duquesne University. Binder is joined joined by soprano Sari
Gruber, tenor Joseph Gaines, and pianist Robert Frankenberry. Lucy Stewart,
associate curator of education at Carnegie Museum of Art, will lead the
discussion for the works of art featured in the concert.

Following the concert, audience members will have the opportunity to
continue the conversation at a reception with light refreshments and cash
bar in the exhibition spaces of Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Tickets
for the evening are available online at and at the door the
night of the concert.

*About the Pittsburgh Song Collaborative*

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The Pittsburgh Song Collaborative is an ever-expanding consortium of
outstanding professional singers and pianists who are dedicated to
developing a passionate and abiding audience for classical art song in the
Pittsburgh area and beyond. By partnering with artists in other media, the
PSC creates innovative and engaging concert events that explore every corner
of the incredibly diverse art song repertoire. For more information, visit

*About Carnegie Museum of Art*

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Located at 4400 Forbes Avenue in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, Carnegie
Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew
Carnegie in 1895. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, it is
nationally and internationally recognized for its distinguished collection
of American and European works from the 16th century to the present. The
Heinz Architectural Center, part of Carnegie Museum of Art, is dedicated to
enhancing understanding of the physical environment through its exhibitions,
collections, and public programs. For more information about Carnegie Museum
of Art, call 412.622.3131 visit


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General operating support for* *Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The
Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. Carnegie Museum of
Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania.

“Illuminations: Music, Poetry, Art” was made possible in part by a generous
grant to the Pittsburgh Song Collaborative from the Small Arts Initiative of
the Heinz Endowments. The Heinz Endowments supports efforts to make
southwestern Pennsylvania a premier place to live and work, a center for
learning and educational excellence, and a region that embraces diversity
and inclusion.


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