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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.

Pre-concert talk

Rachel Stern, Director and CEO, The Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art
Stephen Decatur Smith, Stony Brook University, Department of Music


Weill: ‘Lonely House’
Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire op. 21, Part I
Berg: ‘Nacht’ from Seven Early Songs
Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire op. 21, Part II
Marx: Pierrot Dandy
Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire op. 21

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.

Generously sponsored by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in New York.

IMAGE: Fritz Ascher, Pagliaccio (Clown), 1916. White gouache over graphite, watercolor and black ink on paper, 17.25 x 12.3 inches. Private collection ©Bianca Stock

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