The visual arts and music come together when RAFFMA, the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art at Cal State San Bernardino, presents “Art and Music in Nineteenth Century Vienna” on Thursday, May 24, from 6-9 p.m. The concert-lecture is free and open to the public. Parking at CSUSB is $5.
Vienna was the city of Beethoven and Klimt. Through masterfully performed live music and a vivid collage of images and art stories, the audience will be magically transported in time to the culturally rich city.
The art stories, opening with Neoclassicism and ending with the Vienna Secession, will be intermixed with live music composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Johann Strauss, Johannes Brahms, Richard Wagner and Gustav Mahler.
The evening will feature the musical talents of Cynthia Jansen, mezzo-soprano; Suzan Hanson, soprano; Victoria Kirsch, pianist; San Bernardino’s Symphonie Jeunesse, a youth strings orchestra; and Michael Tacchia, pianist. Michèle Tacchia will conduct.
Nineteenth century Vienna played a major role in European politics and culture, said RAFFMA director Eva Kirsch, who will give the lecture.
Diverse and cosmopolitan, Vienna was seen as the city at the crossroads – a combination of Italian liveliness, German depth and Slavic melancholy. Home to many great talents – writers, visual artists, scientists, philosophers and, most of all, musicians – the vibrant and conflicted city was center stage in the essential artistic fight of the period – the one between the eternal and the transitory, between classicism and romanticism.
The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art is a nationally recognized museum accredited by the American Association of Museums. It is the only accredited art museum in San Bernardino; RAFFMA has accumulated a permanent collection of nearly 1,200 objects focusing on Egyptian antiquities, ceramics and contemporary art. Located at Cal State San Bernardino, RAFFMA houses the largest permanent and public display of Egyptian art in Southern California.
General admission to the museum is free. Suggested donation is $3. Parking at Cal State San Bernardino is $5 per vehicle.
The museum is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and is closed Friday and Sunday. For more information, call (909) 537-7373 or visit the RAFFMA website.