Concert — Belle Époque 3: “La Dernière Valse”
In conjunction with their current exhibition, “Matisse, Derain, and their Friends,” the Kunstmuseum Basel is organizing several chamber music evenings. At the outset of the 20th century, a loosely affiliated group of artists centering around Henri Matisse, André Derain, and Maurice de Vlaminck conducted revolutionary experiments in color. The name “Fauves”—which in English translates as “wild beasts” or “wild animals—was bestowed on the group in 1905”. Fauvism was to emerge as the 20th century’s premier avant-garde movement. It coincided with the Belle Époque, an era that heralded the rapid rise of urban mass society.
To celebrate the Belle Époque, this exhibition will be accompanied by three chamber music evenings, introduced by the artistic director of the Sinfonieorchester Basel, Hans-Georg Hofmann. On this evening, sopranist Christine Landshamer, accompanied by members of the Sinfonieorchester Basel, will perform works by Erik Satie, Reynaldo Hahn, and George Gershwin, among others, in a concert entitled “La Dernière Valse.”
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