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The Getty Presents Tafelmusik's The Grand Tour: A Musical Journey

Canada's Foremost Baroque Orchestra Featured in Two Performances Complementing New Grand Tour Exhibitions

January 9, 2002

Los Angeles--Tafelmusik, Canada's internationally acclaimed, 17-member Baroque orchestra, opens the 2002 Gordon Getty Concert series with two performances of The Grand Tour: A Musical Journey. On Saturday, January 26 at 8 p.m., Tafelmusik presents an orchestral version of the journey to Italy that became the rite of passage for cultured 18th-century European gentlemen. A special family matinee performance will be held on Sunday, January 27 at 3 p.m. The concerts complement three new Getty exhibitions exploring the Grand Tour. The music will be paired with dramatic readings of anecdotes describing the sights, tastes, and sounds of the time.

The Tafelmusik performances will be held in the Harold Williams Auditorium at 1200 Getty Center Drive in Los Angeles. Tickets for the January 26 concert are $28, and $22 for students/seniors. All tickets for the January 27 special family matinee performance are $15. Tickets may be purchased by calling 310-440-7300 or by visiting the Getty Museum Information Desk.

Tafelmusik has been called "one of the world's top orchestras" by Gramophone Magazine. The Juno Award-winning ensemble specializes in historical performance on period instruments. Under the direction of Jeanne Lamon, the group has performed in China, Vienna, Amsterdam, Japan, Switzerland, and Germany and also tours extensively in Canada and the United States. The Gordon Getty Concerts will feature compositions by Handel, Marais, Corelli, Telemann, Vivaldi, Purcell, and Bach in a musical odyssey through London, Berlin, Paris, Versailles, Venice, and Rome. Tafelmusik's special family matinee performance of The Grand Tour: A Musical Journey, on Sunday, January 27, explores the magic of the Baroque period in a program of music and storytelling designed for young listeners ages seven and up.

The performances are related to three new exhibitions highlighting the Getty collections and focusing on Italy on the Grand Tour. Naples and Vesuvius on the Grand Tour, at the Getty Research Institute Exhibition Gallery, opened December 21, 2001 and continues through March 24, 2002. At the J. Paul Getty Museum, Rome on the Grand Tour is on view from January 8 until August 11, 2002, and Drawing Italy in the Age of the Grand Tour runs from February 5 to May 12, 2002. Independently and collectively, the exhibitions explore a tradition in which young, 18th-century European (mainly British) aristocrats traveled through Europe to reach Italy. Here at the center of the classical past, they sought sources of the culture in which they had been educated, and manifested this quest by collecting and commissioning objects to commemorate their journey. The Getty Center is now open until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Gordon Getty Concerts offer a musical perspective pertaining to the artwork on view.

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