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Classical Pick of the Week: Matisse and Music at the Norton Simon Museum

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Henri Matisse was one of the great colorists of the 20th century, who burst onto the scene in the 1905 Salon d'Automne as a leading Fauve and Modernist. His later period simplified his forms and colors, and eventually produced compositions that were made by cutting out forms from hand painted paper. He began illustrating books and lithographs in a simple and direct approach that contemporary French composers were embracing as well. Pianist Polli Chambers-Salazar will lecture on the relationship of Matisse's art and the music of his contemporaries in a recital of piano works from various composers including Satie and Poulenc, prominent members of Les Six (Satie formed the group, Poulenc was a member). The event takes place on Friday, March 20th, at 7 PM. Tickets are free except you have to pay for admission to the museum.

In other piano related news, Evgeny Kissin performs at the Disney Hall on Monday in a program of Chopin and Prokofiev, and Piano Spheres continues with 20th century Polish music (it's actually very exciting) with music by Debski and Lutoslawski.

In other news, the International Beethoven Project had a world premiere in Chicago of a work by....Beethoven. The work was re-discovered as a reworking of Beethoven's early Piano Trio in E-Flat Major (Hess 47). The Arclight in Sherman Oaks will be playing Academy-award winning film Amadeus on March 31st at 7:30 PM. The director's cut is a 21+ showing, and alcohol will be available. You can get tickets here.