Maya Beiser: Beauty is Power

Thursday, January 29, 20157:30pm

Maya Beiser: Beauty is Power New York New York

Bang on a Can continues its season-long partnership with The Jewish Museum, presenting a series of dynamic musical performances from June 2014 to May 2015 inspired by the Museum’s diverse slate of exhibitions.

January 29 features Maya Beiser performing a concert in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power, the first museum exhibition to focus on the cosmetics entrepreneur Helena Rubinstein (1872 – 1965), who – as businesswoman and arts patron – helped break down the status quo of taste by blurring the boundaries between commerce, art, fashion, beauty, and design.

Beiser’s program of innovative works for solo cello features beautiful music by powerful women. The concert explores themes of beauty, spirituality, and ritual. Highlights include the world premiere of a new work by Bang on a Can co-founder Julia Wolfe, a US premiere from Anna Clyne, plus music by Eve Beglarian, Hildegard von Bingen, Imogen Heap, and Janis Joplin.

On the program:

O Virtus Sapientiae – Hildegard Von Bingen
Summertime – Janis Joplin
Rest These Hands – Anna Clyne  (US premiere)
Byzantine Chant – arr. Alexandra Vrebalov
Hide and Seek – Imogen Heap /arr. Maya Beiser
Music from Far-Off Country – Eve Beglarian
Emunah – Julia Wolfe (World premiere)

Costume design: threeASFOUR, designers
Sound design: Dave Cook