Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and the role of the clown in the arts (March 10)

Speakers and Artists Portraits of the Concert and Talk About Pierrot the Clown

Speakers and Artists Portraits of the Concert and Talk About Pierrot the Clown, © Hannah Harnest - Music for Thought

18.02.2022 - Article

Schoenberg’s moonstruck Pierrot and the extravagance of emotions - A symbol of disguise

Pierrot, the famous character from the Italian commedia dell’arte, is set by the composer A. Schoenberg as the moonstruck and fantastical clown, who is a symbol for putting on a mask to hide one’s true feelings or opinions. Forever lovelorn and wistfully contemplating the dying moon, he lurches through the night, hiding his face underneath a thick layer of white paint. The extravagance of emotions, the aesthetic of exaggeration, and the distortion of communication through the mask turn Pierrot into an incredibly fascinating and universal figure.

The pre-concert talk will feature Rachel Stern, CEO and director, The Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art; and Stephen Decatur Smith, Stony Brook University, Department of Music in a talk on the role of the clown in the arts.

Featured artists

Hannah Harnest – Piano
Sophie Delphis – Mezzo Soprano
Abi Kralik – Violin
Adam Kramer – Viola
Sean Hawthorne – Cello
Denis Savelyev – Flute
Bixby Kennedy – Clarinet
Teddy Poll – Conductor

The Music for Thought Series is presenting this event in collaboration with 1014 - space for ideas, and the Fritz Ascher Society, funded and supported by the German Consulate General in New York.

Location & Time

Thursday, March 10, 2022
7:00 PM 8:30 PM

1014 5th Avenue New York, NY, 10028

Please register here.

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