Drew Petersen | Paris at Midnight: Jazz and Surrealism in the 1920s

Starting on November 09, 2022 7:30 pm
Posted by Daniel McCullough
Categories: PianoFest
Tags: Classical

Paris at Midnight: Jazz and Surrealism in the 1920s

Wednesday, Novemeber 9, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Paris in the 1920s was a place of great artistic conflict and excitement. While some like Igor Stravinsky and Pablo Picasso embraced Neo-Classicism and a "return to order" in the aftermath of the Great War, others launched bold new experiments. Under the leadership of André Breton, Surrealism sought to shock the bourgeoisie, while a mania for African and African American art and culture, from jazz to art to dance, galvanized the city, personified above all by Josephine Baker. Join PCE for a screening of the classic Surrealist film Entr’acte (René Clair, 1924) with the original score by Erik Satie performed live. The program also includes film footage of Baker dancing and a tribute to jazz great Sidney Bechet.

It culminates with Maurice Ravel's partly-jazz-inspired Piano Concerto in G featuring soloist Drew Petersen, winner of the 2017 American Pianists Awards. Presented in collaboration with Harry Cooper, senior curator and head of modern art at the National Gallery of Art.

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