Date: February 25, 2009 (Wednesday)
Time: 7:30 P.M.
Place: Meyer Auditorium of the Freer Gallery (directions)
Tickets: Free tickets required and available online
The Freer Gallery's "After Five Performances" offer a concert after an introductory tour to its new "Arts of the Islamic World" exhibition: "Hafiz in the West." In 1812 the translation into German of poems by the 14th-century Persian mystic Hafiz (also translated "Hafez") sparked a wave of interest among poets and composers throughout the West. Martin Bruns, one of Europe's most versatile vocalists, lends his operatic baritone to songs inspired by Hafiz's haunting intimate poetry. This recital of works by Schubert, Brahms, Hugo Wolf, Adolf Jensen, and Viktor Ullmann provides unique insights into the influence of Hafiz's Persian poetry on European composers centuries later. Accompanied by Jan Philip Schulze on piano.