RAFFMA combines art and music with ‘Greeks in the Boot’ concert


The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art at Cal State San Bernardino continues its tradition of pairing the visual and musical arts with “Ode to a Grecian Urn,” a concert to take place at the museum on Thursday, Nov. 14, from 6-8:30 p.m.


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The performance accompanies the current museum exhibition, “Greeks in the Boot: Greek Influences in the Italian Peninsula as Reflected in the Pottery of Various Regions, ca. 800-200 B.C.” Funded in part from a Samuel H. Kress Foundation grant, this prestigious exhibition includes 17 ancient Greek vases on loan from the J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection and RAFFMA’s own collection of unique ancient ceramics from various regions of the Italian Peninsula.

Soprano Suzan Hanson, pianist Victoria Kirsch, dancer Amanda Hernandez and art historian and RAFFMA director Eva Kirsch will explore the historical and mythological worlds of Ancient Greece and Rome through opera, art, song, poetry and movement. Featured composers include Johannes Brahms, Claude Debussy, W.A. Mozart, Erik Satie and Richard Strauss.

Event Overview

Ariadne and Penelope await the return of their lovers, Theseus and Ulysses, while Sappho spins her erotic tales of the young Bilitis. The delicate strains of an Aeolian harp mingle with the shouts and songs of heroes, athletes and dancing priestesses, all portrayed in vivid detail on ancient ceramic kraters, oinochai and amphorae, currently on display at the museum.

6-6:30 p.m. – Viewing of the exhibition, welcome and wine at RAFFMA

6:30–7:45 p.m. – Concert performance in Visual Arts Center, room 101

7:45–8:30 p.m. – Light hors d’oeuvres and wine reception


The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art is a nationally recognized museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, a Washington, D.C.-based organization whose members must meet the highest standards in securing accreditation. It is the only accredited art museum in San Bernardino.

Over its 16-year history, RAFFMA has accumulated a permanent collection of nearly 1,200 objects focusing on Egyptian antiquities, ceramics and contemporary art. The museum houses the largest permanent and public display of Egyptian art in Southern California.

General admission to the museum is free. Suggested donation is $5. 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.