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ARTEK Ensemble, performers at a past Gordon Getty Concert

Gordon Getty Concerts feature world-class musicians in performances that complement exhibitions at the Getty Center.

All performances take place in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center. Parking is free after 4:00 p.m.

Most recently in the series

December 5, 2015
In a rare U.S. appearance, Japan's OOIOO brings the powerful and joyous energy of its unique musical language to the Getty Center. Under the leadership of Yoshimi, a founding member of pioneering noise rock band Boredoms, the group has subverted expectations and warped perceptions of what constitutes pop and experimental music, making OOIOO a definitive example of artistically adventurous women working in music today.

Pomerium Presents Music for Rubens's Tapestries
November 22, 2014
Hailed by The New York Times as "one of the finest early-music ensembles in the country," a cappella ensemble Pomerium presents a special program inspired by Rubens's tapestries. Listeners will be transported to 17th-century Madrid and immersed in the soundscape of Mass at the Convento chapel, the original home to Rubens's masterpieces. Complements the exhibition Spectacular Rubens: The Triumph of the Eucharist.

Los Angeles Master Chorale
November 16, 2013
Twelve men from the Los Angeles Master Chorale, led by Music Director Grant Gershon, present a concert of 11th and 12th century music closely associated with Canterbury Cathedral and its most famous Archbishop, St. Thomas, together with polyphony from Leonin, Pérotin, and Hildegard von Bingen. Grant Gershon and the Very Reverend Dr. Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury lead a pre-concert talk.

December 1, 2012
One of America's leading ensembles in vocal chamber music, Lionheart is known for its soaring artistry as well as its masterful musical scholarship. Acclaimed for its "smoothly blended and impeccably balanced sound" (New York Times), the ensemble performs a thrilling program of songs from the illuminated pages of the Laudario of Sant Agnese.

Rossetti String Quartet
November 10, 2012
Praised as "a vital force among chamber music ensembles," the Rossetti String Quartet is renowned for its highly sophisticated sound. The ensemble presents a special program of works by Haydn, Shostakovich and Beethoven to pay tribute to the profound musical influences on the work of photographer Ray K. Metzker. Complements the exhibition The Photographs of Ray K. Metzker and the Institute of Design.

Calder Quartet
October 5, 2012
The Calder Quartet, hailed by The New York Times as "outstanding" and "superb," performs a special program inspired by the exhibition Messerschmidt and Modernity. The program features quartets from Franz Xaver Messerschmidt's time by the composers Felix Mendelssohn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, and Anton Webern. The concert also features three short works, co-commissioned by the Getty and the Calder Performing Arts Organization, by LA-based film composers Bear McCreary, Don Davis, and Mark Mothersbaugh. The Calder Quartet premieres these pieces, which are inspired by Messerschmidt's "Character Heads," to explore the artist's work and modern legacy.

Rose Ensemble Presents Gothic Voices
March 24, 2012
Led by artistic director Jordan Sramek, this award-winning ensemble celebrates the glorious variety of European gothic music from the 12th to the 14th centuries. Built on research from the Museum's manuscripts collection, the evening illuminated centuries of rarely performed vocal repertoire and a fascinating array of languages and instruments. The program also featured a newly commissioned work by composer and founding Rose Ensemble member, Linda Kachelmeier. Complements the exhibition Gothic Grandeur: Manuscript Illumination 1200–1350.

Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
February 25, 2012
The Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra is internationally renowned for its innovative programming and vast repertoire. Under the direction of conductor Daniel Spalding, the 17-member ensemble presented a robust program of music from the Bauhaus period, including works by Igor Stravinsky, Ernst Krenek, Ferruccio Busoni, Arnold Schoenberg, and George Antheil. Complements the exhibition Lyonel Feininger: Photographs, 1928–1939.

Carl Stone: Sonic Excursions from Al-Noor to Zang
November 12, 2011
Sonic Excursions from Al-Noor to Zang revived some of live computer music pioneer Carl Stone's early works and updated them in keeping with the evolution of both musical technology and his own personal style and aesthetic. Stone's Sukothai, part of the first half of the program, was first heard in Los Angeles at the Pacific Design Center in 1980, as part of the Chamber Music in Historic Sites series curated by Maryann Bonino. Sonic Excursions from Al-Noor to Zang also included the world premieres of several new works, such as Stone's Hoang Yen, a duo for computer and keyboard, which featured internationally acclaimed pianist Gloria Cheng in her worldwide debut as a harpsichordist, and A Ta Geuele, featuring Min Xiao-Fen performing on pipa, the traditional Chinese lute. This event was part of Pacific Standard Time at the Getty.

Marvelous to Behold: Zulal Performs Rare Jewels and Cherished Favorites from the Armenian Songbook
September 24, 2011
The Armenian word zulal means "clear water." Fittingly, this concept has been adopted by an enchanting a capella trio dedicated to creating music reflective of its namesake: fluid, clean, and unconfined. To complement the exhibition "In the Beginning Was the Word": Medieval Gospel Illumination, Teni Apelian, Yeraz Markarian, and Anaïs Tekerian presented a sublime evening of music drawn from Armenia's expansive reservoir of folk, traditional, and church music.

Philharmonia Baroque Chamber Players
May 21, 2011
San Francisco's renowned Philharmonia Baroque Chamber Players, joined by soprano Catherine Webster, presented a luminous program featuring music by influential Baroque composers, including Fran├žois 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 Getty Museum's exhibition, which includes a period harpsichord and an original opera aria score by Rameau. Complements the exhibition Paris: Life & Luxury.

Now and Again: An Evening with the Omar Sosa Afreecanos Quintet
May 14, 2011
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 returned to the Getty for an evening of music to complement the exhibition A Revolutionary Project: Cuba from Walker Evans to Now.

Metropolitan Opera Artists
April 16, 2011
Members of the Metropolitan Opera—some of classical music's most distinguished performers—presented stunning German Romantic compositions by Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann. This special program featured 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. Inspired by the exhibition Spirit of an Age: Drawings from the Germanic World, 1700—1900.

From Heaven's Mirror: An Evening of Classical Cambodian Music and Dance featuring Ho Chan and Charya Cheam Burt
March 12, 2011
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, 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.

December 4, 2010
Medieval author Guillaume de Machaut was lauded for his skill at writing both poetry and music, and enjoyed the patronage of French royalty. The distinguished Lionheart vocal ensemble demonstrated the writer's lyrical mastery with a dazzling performance of selections from Remede de Fortune. Complemented the exhibition Imagining the Past in France, 1250–1500.

November 13, 2010
World renowned as the pied pipers of early music, Piffaro delights audiences with elegant sounds of the late medieval and Renaissance periods. Playing shawms, sackbuts, recorders, dulcians, and bagpipes, the alta capella ensemble presented Flemish repertoire of the 15th and 16th centuries, from the refined music of official wind bands to lively, rustic arrangements of popular tunes and dances. The program, "Flemish Masters: A Celebration of Musical Genius from the Low Countries" complemented the exhibition Illuminated Manuscripts from Belgium and the Netherlands.

Repast Baroque Ensemble
February 6, 2010
Repast Baroque Ensemble presented a special evening of music from Rembrandt's Amsterdam. As a cosmopolitan port city and publishing center, this capital of the Netherlands in its golden age enjoyed a musical life that included both native productions and rich contributions from abroad. The program, "Music in Rembrandt's World" complemented the exhibition Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils: Telling the Difference.

Les Paladins
September 13, 2009
Les Paladins brought the magnificent music of the French Baroque to life with works by Couperin, Lully, Charpentier, and Rameau. The program, "French Baroque Heroes," connected the exquisite music and its place in history to complement the exhibition Cast in Bronze: French Sculpture from Renaissance to Revolution.

The Rose Ensemble
May 16, 2009
The Rose Ensemble presented an imaginative and engaging program of Slavic music to complement the exhibition German and Central European Manuscript Illumination. The program included 17th-century Russian Orthodox motets, medieval Latin chants for Czech saints, and powerful double-choir works from the Polish Renaissance.

Musica Pacifica
February 21, 2009
Award-winning Baroque ensemble Musica Pacifica explored the stylistic influences between Dresden and Bologna in this program featuring works by Bach, Telemann, Vivaldi, Cazzati, Veracini, Albinoni, and Corelli that complemented the exhibition Captured Emotions: Baroque Painting in Bologna, 1575–1725. Tickets $20; $15 students/seniors.

December 13, 2008
Early music ensemble Ciaramella explored the impressive collection of narrative and lyric poetry, songs, and sacred music by Guillaume de Machaut (1300–1377), the greatest poet and composer of the 14th century. The program was held in conjunction with the exhibition The Belles Heures of the Duke of Berry.

ARTEK Ensemble
October 4, 2008
Celebrated Baroque music singers Ann Monoyios and Drew Minter, with the instrumental ensemble ARTEK, offered a program of dramatic cantatas by Giovanni Sances, Tarquinio Merula, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Domenica Mazzochi, and Francesco Cavalli to complement the exhibition Bernini and the Birth of Baroque Portrait Sculpture.

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