https://www.eventbrite.com/e/somerville-museum-kalliope-reed-quintet-community-concert-tickets-299882545767 Somerville Museum
One Westwood Road
Somerville, MA 02143
Join us for an evening of music and chocolate. A perfect complement to the Bittersweet exhibition. Through music, this program tours South America south to north starting in Argentina with Astor Piazzolla’s Tango Suite, Transoceanica by Miguel del Aguila (Uruguay) - musically depicting a bus adventure from Rio Brazil to Lima Peru. After arriving in Peru we will perform two works we commissioned by Pervian composer Daniel Cueto: Momentos Peruanos and Amaru, and complete the program with some new arrangements from Colombia.
This event is part of the Somerville Museum's Bittersweet exhibitions, "Chocolate Stories Salon" series.
Admission: $10/person; Museum members are free; space is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance.
Kalliope Reed Quintet: As the first reed quintet in New England, the Kalliope Reed Quintet is active in and around the Boston area bringing new works to new audiences. In just the past year they have commissioned over ten new works, live-streamed their summer concert series to audiences locally and across the Americas, and are preparing to record their first album.
Bittersweet Exhibition: Created by two of Latin America’s leading artists – José Falconi from Peru and Santiago Montoya from Colombia – Bittersweet expands upon their original collaboration in Colombia, titled, “El Dorado Chocolaterie.” This reference to the foundational myth of “El Dorado,” that elusive city where everything was covered in gold, derives from the earliest days of colonization in the 16th century when countless explorers mounted expeditions in search of it. Over the years, the myth has served as an allegory for the ongoing search and exploitation of Colombia’s immense natural wealth and as a symbol for get-rich-quick schemers who traffic in its resources from gold to quinoa, or from emeralds to cocaine. Sure to attract the attention of critics and art-lovers from Somerville and beyond, Bittersweet reimagines the elusive paradise of gilded beings long sought by South American explorers. Instead of gold, however, these explorers will enter into the subconscious world of sweets, turning the Museum into an enormous chocolate factory where with the exchange for a hot cup of cocoa will be the visitor’s time.
The Tally Sticks used to display the chocolate sculptures in Bittersweet were sourced and masterfully carpentered in the Cerro de Armas, Santander region of the Colombian rainforest using only naturally uprooted or already decaying trees. The project represents a culmination of Santiago’s views on the sustainability of society and the fragility of our financial and socio-political infrastructure.
Other Notes: This is an indoor, in-person event.
This program is made possible by a grant from Mass Humanities, which provided funding through the National Endowment for the Humanities via the American Rescue Plan.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Somerville Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.