Drew Peterson, pianist
Josephine Baker
John Edward Hasse, guest curator
Felix Conteras, conga
Ellington Carthan, pianist and narrator
Jeffrey Mumford, guest curator
Annie Jacobs-Perkins, cello
Katerina Burton, soprano
Robin De Jesús, actor
David Strathairn, actor
Kevork Mourad, artist
Derek Goldman, playwright/director
José Sacín, bass baritone (Don Quihote)
Israel Lozano, tenor (Master Peter)
Jennifer Zetlan, soprano (Trujaman)
Ricardo Marlow, Flamenco guitar
Philip Kennicott, guest curator
Hany Hassan FAIA, visuals

The Re-Invention of Arnold Schoenberg

In the years preceding World War I, Arnold Schoenberg, Wasilly Kandinsky, and Ferruccio Busoni craved liberation. The result was non-tonal music and non-representational painting: a rare artistic revolution in which music and art were transformed at precisely the same moment.

And the moment was vividly reported and discussed in a third medium: letters.

Later, Schoenberg fled to the US, as did Kurt Weill. As patriotic immigrants, both responded musically to Pearl Harbor.


The Re-Invention of Arnold Schoenberg

Thursday, August 15 at 6:30 pm
The Phillips Collection

William Sharp, baritone
Alexander Shtarkman, piano
Angel Gil-Ordóñez, conductor

Arnold Schoenberg: Piano Pieces, Op. 11 and 19
Ferruccio Busoni: Sonatina No. 2
Kurt Weill: “Dirge for Two Veterans”
Schoenberg: Ode to Napoleon
Readings from the correspondence of Schoenberg, Busoni, and Kandinsky

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