Odilon Redon. French, 1840-1916. With Closed Eyes, c. 1895-1905. Oil on canvas. Gift of Mrs. Charles Inslee (Marguerite Tuthill, class of 1915). Photograph by Petegorsky/Gipe.

Debussy's Paris
Art, Music and Sounds of the City

February 2–June 10
Smith College Museum of Art

In honor of the 150th anniversary of composer and musician Claude Debussy's birth, the exhibition—drawing largely from the Museum's permanent collection—explores the relationship between his music and the artistic developments that revolutionized the world of painting in his time, particularly the French Impressionist movement.

Music in Debussy's Paris

The year 2012 marks the one-hundred-fiftieth anniversary of the birth of Claude Debussy (1862–1918). To honor the celebrated and influential French composer, the Smith College Music Department, in collaboration with the Smith College Museum of Art, will present a series of events during the spring semester. The principal musical events will take place during the weekend of March 10–11, 2012, with a song recital, a lecture and a lecture demonstration, a concert of chamber music, and a vocal master class. Three Noon Hour Concerts and the Smith College Orchestra will also focus on the music of Debussy. From February 3rd through June 10th the Museum of Art will present "Debussy's Paris: Art, Music, and Sounds of the City," a major exhibition, with gallery talks and musical listening stations.


Music in the Noon Hour

Sweeney Concert Hall

Mondays at 12:30 PM

February 6: Cello Sonata (1915)
March 5: Sonata for Violin and Piano (1916-1917)
             Syrinx for Flute (1913)
April 2: Ariettes oubliées (1885–1887)

Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello; Judith Gordon, piano; Joel Pitchon, violin Ellen Redman, flute; Karen Smith Emerson, soprano

SATURDAY, March 10

Distinguishing Debussy:
Debussy as Man and Artist

Sat., March 10, 10:00 AM
Earle Recital Hall

Denis Herlin, former President of the French Musicological Society, is Director of Research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Editor-in-Chief of the Complete Musical Works of Claude Debussy (published in Paris by Durand), and co-editor of Debussy's Complete Correspondence (published in Paris by Gallimard).

Introductory remarks by Professor Peter Bloom, Grace Jarcho Ross 1933 Professor of Humanities.

Debussy's Paris:
Art, Music and Sounds of the City

Sat., March 10, 11:30 AM
Smith College Museum of Art

An introduction to the exhibit, by Laura Kalba, Assistant Professor of Art, Smith College.

Debussy at the Piano

Sat., March 10, 4:00 PM
Sweeney Concert Hall

Roy Howat, Scottish concert pianist and scholar, is a founding editor of the new edition of Complete Musical Works of Claude Debussy and editor of the several volumes devoted to the music for piano. Mr. Howat is the author of Debussy in Proportion (1983) and The Art of French Piano Music (2009), the latter named 2009 "book of the year" by International Piano.

Kate Lindsey, mezzo-soprano
Craig Terry, piano
Debussy: His Friends, His Foes, His Aphorisms

Sat., March 10, 8:00 PM
Sweeney Concert Hall

Kate Lindsey, mezzo-soprano of the Metropolitan Opera, with Craig Terry, piano. The program will include works of Debussy, Paul Vidal, Paul Dukas, Gustave Charpentier, Ernest Chausson, and Erik Satie.

SUNDAY, March 11

Master Class
Declaiming Debussy with Kate Lindsey

Sun., March 11, 10:30 AM
Sweeney Concert Hall

Kate Lindsey, mezzo-soprano, coaches Smith College voice students in French repertoire.

Introductory remarks by Jane Bryden, Iva Dee Hiatt Professor of Music.

Smith College Chamber Music Society
Debussy's Chamber Music

Sun., March 11, 4:00 PM
Sweeney Concert Hall

Smith College Faculty and Guest Artists present an all-Debussy program:

   Préludes for piano
   Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp (1915)
   En blanc et noir for two pianos (1915)
   String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10 (1893)

Deborah Boldin, flute; Joshua Gordon, cello; Judith Gordon, piano; Conor Hanick, piano; Joel Pitchon, violin; Mary Ruth Ray, viola; Ina Zdorovetchi, harp; and others to be announced.

SATURDAY, April 21

Smith College Orchestra Concert

Sat., April 21, 8:00 PM
Sweeney Concert Hall

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
(tone poem) for orchestra (1894)

Smith College Orchestra, Jonathan Hirsh, conductor