New World Symphony Cellist Hilary Glen, a third year fellow in the orchestra, has envisioned, produced, and will host a special concert called “Heard it Through the Grapevine” that examines how music alters the perception of how wine tastes.
New World Symphony Miami HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE
The evening will have wine and music pairings, and audience members will be asked to taste wine, chosen by Master sommelier Virginia Philip, and then listen to a specific work performed by members of the New World Symphony and see if the music does in fact change the taste of the wine. Hilary was inspired in part by Adrian North, head of psychology at Curtin University in Perth Australia, who has studied the effect music has on the taste of wine. Adrian found that the taster’s description of a certain wine had a direct correlation to the type of music that they were hearing at the time.
For the event on January 6, Hillary asks, “what does Champagne sound like?” So the audience will taste G.H. Mumm Brut Cordon Rouge and then listen to composer Lili Boulanger’s D’un matin de printemps. Words that may come to mind are springy, lifted, hectic, full of life, rebirth, and morning. Then, the audience will sip champagne while hearing two pieces that show a similar musical style but were written 250 years apart - Handel’s Concerto Grosso Op. 3 and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s 1985 Concerto Grosso - and see if the flavors change depending on the musical era.
Another pairing will feature a wine that composer Franz Schubert drank. According to legend, after drinking several bottles from the Szekszard region in Hungary, he was inspired to write the Trout Quintet. Listeners will drink a similar full-bodied Hungarian red along with the music and see if they go hand in hand. Then they’ll hear another Hungarian folk tune and see if the taste changes yet again.
There will also be a wine pairing with a bluegrass piece in comparison with another classical work: Ginastera’s Variaciones concertantes. The audience will be asked to notice how the wine changes, and which version do the prefer. A perfect conversation starter for a post-concert reception.
Ticket holders must be 21 years of age or older and must present valid ID for entry. Tickets are $50. Click here to purchase tickets.
The event is scheduled for Friday, January 6th
6:30 PM: Doors Open & Meet the Instruments
7:30 PM: Concert
Post-Concert Reception with the Sommelier, Host and Musicians
New World Symphony 500 17th Street Miami Beach, FL 33139
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