Metropolitan Museum Concert Offers Unique Combination of Art and Music from Four Continents by Musicians Who Are Visually Impaired From the Music School of Lighthouse International

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Who and What:

Forty musicians who are visually impaired from the Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School of Lighthouse International will perform the 15th Annual Lighthouse at the Met Concert entitled Musical Postcards: Travels Though the Permanent Collection. The concert will combine the verbal description of art from the museum’s permanent collection with musical performances, and selected musical repertoire will showcase a wide variety of genres and styles that represent cultures from around the world. Music included is "Come Fly With Me," "What a Wonderful World," "Don’t Cry for Me Argentina," "April in Paris," "Hello Young Lovers," Italian art songs, and much more. Projected images of art—photographs, a Japanese hanging scroll, a Venetian lithograph, an African mask, and an iconic painting by Marc Chagall—complement the music. The performance will feature several Music School soloists, the acclaimed Lighthouse Vocal Ensemble and two children’s ensembles from our Comprehensive Music Program for Young People. The concert is free with Museum admission.

Why:

The event offers an opportunity for people with vision loss to experience visual art through music and verbal description. The combination of music and art deepens all audience members’ cultural understanding.

When and Where:

Friday, April 15, 2011, 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 81st Street and Fifth Avenue in New York.

The largest community music school in the country that teaches children and adults who are visually impaired, The Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School of Lighthouse International provides the highest quality music instruction to help people explore their creative talents and enjoy performing at any age. Since its founding in 1913, the Music School has been a model in making music universally accessible to all.

Founded in 1905, Lighthouse International is a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting vision loss through prevention, treatment and empowerment. It achieves this through clinical and rehabilitation services, education, research and advocacy. For more information about vision loss and its causes, contact Lighthouse International at 1-800-829-0500 or visit Lighthouse.org

 

 

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