March 09, 2011

J. Paul Getty Museum Launches 2011 Series of Gordon Getty Concerts

Special performances at the Getty Center by the Metropolitan Opera, Philharmonia Baroque Chamber Players, Omar Sosa, and Cambodian music and dance performers Ho Chan and Charya Cheam Burt

LOS ANGELES—The J. Paul Getty Museum launches its 2011 season of Gordon Getty Concerts, featuring early music performances that complement exhibitions at the Getty Center. Offered Saturday evenings, when the Museum galleries are open until 9:00 p.m., the Gordon Getty concerts create a special opportunity to dine, view fine art, and enjoy transcendent musical performances that enrich the experience of the Museum’s exhibitions.

The series launches on March 12 with a Cambodian musical and dance performance featuring Ho Chan and Charya Cheam Burt. For more than a millennium, classical music and dance in Cambodia served as a bridge between the natural and the spiritual. In more recent times, they have become profound symbols of cultural resilience and renewal. To honor this enduring legacy, Durfee Foundation Master Musician Fellow, Ho Chan, has joined forces with acclaimed dancer, Charya Cheam Burt, to create a dynamic evening of work inspired by the exhibition Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia.

On April 16, members of the Metropolitan Opera—some of classical music’s most distinguished performers—present stunning German Romantic compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, and Richard Strauss. This special program features extraordinary solo and duet performances by Anthony McGill, the Met’s principal clarinetist, with the rich voices of bass-baritone Terry Cook and soprano Monica Yunus, and bravura pianist Caroline Stoessinger. The performance complements the exhibition Spirit of an Age: Drawings from the Germanic World, 1770—1900.

A performance by Omar Sosa continues the series on May 14. Born and raised in Camagüey, Cuba, Omar Sosa is one of today’s most versatile musicians on the scene. His unique style of Afro-Cuban jazz is acclaimed for its heady mixture of percussive forays and fluid tempos. Joined by Marque Gilmore, Childo Tomas, Peter Apfelbaum, and John Santos, the Grammy-nominated pianist returns to the Getty for an evening of music to complement the exhibition A Revolutionary Project: Cuba from Walker Evans to Now.

The series concludes on May 21 with San Francisco’s renowned Philharmonia Baroque Chamber Players, joined by soprano Catherine Webster. The program will feature music by influential Baroque composers, including François Couperin, Jaques Hotterre, Michel Pignolet de Montéclair, and Jean-Philippe Rameau. In celebrating the Baroque era’s opulence and musical history, the ensemble found inspiration in the exhibition Paris: Life & Luxury, which includes a period harpsichord and an original opera aria score by Rameau.




Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
From Heaven’s Mirror: An Evening of Classical Cambodian Music and Dance featuring Ho Chan and Charya Cheam Burt

Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
Metropolitan Opera Artists

Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
Now and Again: An Evening with the Omar Sosa Quintet

Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
Philharmonia Baroque Chamber Players

All concerts take place in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center. The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049. Tickets for the Gordon Getty Concerts are $20 ($15 for students and seniors). To order tickets call (310) 440-7300 or visit


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Desiree Zenowich
Getty Communications
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