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Introduction to The Brightness of Light

July 19, 9am, Linde Center

Kick off your weekend with a welcome breakfast and introduction to the Kevin Puts’ The Brightness of Light, an orchestral song cycle co-commissioned by the BSO.


The Brightness of Light
Closed Rehearsal

July 19, 10:30am, Shed

Music Director Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra in this closed rehearsal that includes Kevin Puts’ The Brightness of Light, with soprano Renée Fleming and baritone Rod Gilfry. Projections by Wendall K. Harrington.


Perspectives on New Work
Renée Fleming, soprano and Rod Gilfry, baritone

July 19, 1pm, Linde Center Studio E

A lunchtime conversation with 2019 Koussevitzky Artist Renée Fleming and leading baritone Rod Gilfry will explore the role that performers play in bringing new work to life and how they prepare for the daunting challenge of being “first.” Lunch is provided.


Portrait of the Artist as Composer
Betsy Jolas, composer

July 19, 2:30pm, Linde Center Studio E

Award-winning Franco-American composer Betsy Jolas studied with Darius Milhaud and Olivier Messiaen at the Paris Conservatory in 1946 where she was later appointed teacher of analysis (1975) then of composition (1978). She has also taught in American universities, notably Yale, Harvard, Berkeley. She was elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1995. Her catalogue includes Quartet II (1964), D'un opéra de voyage (1967), Le pavillon au bord de la rivière (1975), Caprice à une voix (1975), Tales of a summer sea (1977), D'un opéra de poupée en sept musiques (1982), Le cyclope (1986), Frauenleben (1992), Schliemann (first staged at Lyons Opera in 1993), Lumor (1996), L'ascension du Mont Ventoux (2004).


Genesis of The Brightness of Light
Kevin Puts, composer

July 19, 4:15pm, Linde Center Studio E

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts chronicles the genesis of his new work, beginning with a detailed exploration of correspondence between Georgia O’Keeffe and her husband Alfred Stieglitz and culminating in the world premiere of this orchestral song cycle.


Influence of “Place” In the Arts
Sue Elliott, TLI Director

July 20, 10am, Linde Center Studio E

Throughout the history of modern and not-so-modern art, leading artists—composers, painters, designers, choreographers—have divined inspiration from innumerable sources. In this engaging multimedia presentation, we’ll explore some iconic works of art and the degree of influence that setting or place played in their creation and reception.


My Faraway One: The Letters of Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz
Dr. Sarah Greenough, senior curator at the National Gallery of Art 

July 20, 11:30am, Linde Center Studio E

Sarah Greenough's talk will reveal some of the insights O'Keeffe and Stieglitz's letters offer into their own art—their working methods, objectives, and influences—as well as the new understanding they provide on the two artists' lives, personalities, and especially their relationship with each other.


Evolution of an Artist
Kevin Puts, composer

July 20, 1pm, Cindy’s Café

You’ve heard from Kevin about his latest work, join us for lunch to discover more about his evolution from creator of chamber music and orchestra scores, to opera librettist and composer. Lunch is provided.


Wendall K. Harrington, projection designer

July 20, 2:45pm, Linde Center Studio E

Don’t miss your chance to learn all the ins and outs of theatrical projection design, from the “Queen of Projections” herself, Wendall K. Harrington. Sought-after designer for Broadway, rock concerts, opera, ballet, and more—and now head of Projection Design at Yale University—she has stories to share!


TLI Weekend Coffee Clatch

July 21, 10am, Cindy’s Café

Join us to reflect and share your thoughts about the previous evening’s world premiere concert of The Brightness of Light.


The Desert Is No Lady
Film Screening

July 21, 11:15am, Linde Center Studio E

The Southwest is a border territory—where cultures meet and mix. This documentary explores the work of nine leading artists and writers, who are women, from Pueblo, Navajo, Mexican-American and Anglo backgrounds and how their art reflects the special characteristics of this region.

UnderScore Friday Concert

July 19, 8pm, Shed

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Gautier Capuçon, cello
Betsy JOLAS A Little Summer Suite
SAINT-SAËNS Cello Concerto No. 1
RAVEL La valse 


World Premiere of The Brightness of Light

July 20, 8pm, Shed

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Renée Fleming, soprano
Rod Gilfry, baritone
Wendall K. Harrington, video artist
ELGAR Enigma Variations
Kevin PUTS The Brightness of Light (BSO co-commission)


Cinematics Film Series
Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters

July 21, 7pm, Linde Center Studio E

A close-up portrait of the acclaimed photographer as he creates his stunning images, filmed with unprecedented access over a decade.