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Monday, Jul 13, 2009

Phantom's Lair - Hyde lecture on Paris Opera this Sunday

As part of the Season of Degas, The Hyde Collection will begin a special Degas Lecture Series with In The Phantom’s Lair:The Architecture and Decoration of the Paris Opera on Sunday, July 19 at 2:00 pm.

In his talk, independent journalist and scholar Barrymore Scherer will unlock the secrets and drama of the Paris Opera House, which has been the center of silent film to Andrew Lloyd-Webber's immensely popular musical... Phantom of the Opera. This presentation reveals the dramatic story of the building and its creator through slides, music and fascinating narrative about the building’s history and architecture with a grand finale of imagery accompanied by music.

Scherer, a music critic for The Wall Street Journal and contributing editor of The Magazine Antiques and Art & Auction magazine, is author of and contributor to books on opera and classical music. He has lectured for such institutions as the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the New York Philharmonic, and the National Gallery. On radio, he has been a regular commentator for NPR's "Performance Today”, and on the nationally syndicated program, "First Hearing."

This lecture is funded by New York Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.*

Other lectures slated for The Hyde’s Season of Degas series include:

· Impressionists and Music: Painters and Their Muse – Presented by Michael Cassin, director of education for the Center for Visual Arts at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA, explores music as muse to the artists associated with the Impressionist movement. The lecture is scheduled for Sunday, August 9 at 2 pm.

· The Hydes, Degas, and Music – Presented by The Hyde’s Chief Curator and Deputy Director Erin Coe, this lecture will explore the history of the works by Edgar Degas that were collected by Museum founders Louis and Charlotte Hyde and the Hydes’ musical associations with these works. This lecture will be held on Thursday, August 20 at 6 pm.

· Degas & Opera – Lecturer Peter Wynne will explore Degas and his love for opera. Tailored to The Hyde Degas & Music exhibition, Wynne will explore the relationship of the artist’s work with those paintings and sculptures which directly relate to contemporary opera performances of the period. This talk is scheduled for Sunday, September 13 at 2 pm.

Admission to the lectures listed above is free and open to the public and will be held in the Museum’s Helen Froehlich Auditorium. Seating is limited so those interested in attending are asked to call The Hyde at 518-792-1761, ext. 27 to make reservations.

A final lecture by guest curators of The Hyde’s Degas & Music exhibition (July 12 through October 18) is also scheduled for Saturday, October 3. This talk and following reception will be free for Hyde Collection members; $8 general admission.


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