The Spanish Invasion

June 1, 2008

From a new ballet based on Don Quixote to Spanish-themed menus at local restaurants, the "El Greco to Velázquez" exhibition has inspired an array of related activities. All events take place at the Nasher Museum, unless otherwise noted. Information is current as of press time.

For complete listings, ticket information, and the latest updates, visit the Nasher website.

MAY 17: The Duke Alumni Association (DAA) and the Duke Club of Boston sponsor a private viewing of the exhibit with curator Sarah Schroth. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 6:00 to 9:30 p.m.

JUNE 1: Limited number of tickets go on sale for August 24 special preview of exhibit for alumni, sponsored by the DAA.

AUGUST 20: Preview day for Duke community and museum members.

AUGUST 21: Exhibition opens to the public.

AUGUST 24: Preview day for alumni, sponsored by the DAA. Advance ticket purchase required.

AUGUST 28: Lecture by Nasher curator Sarah Schroth. 7:30 p.m. Reservations required.

SEPTEMBER 10: WUNC-TV premiere of El Greco to Velázquez, a thirty-minute documentary.

SEPTEMBER 11: "Cabezón to Cabanilles: The Golden Age of Iberian Keyboard Music," harpsichord concert with University Organist Robert Parkins. 7:30 p.m.

SEPTEMBER 21: "El Greco to Velázquez in Flowers," presentation by floral-design expert Jim Johnson. Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

SEPTEMBER 23: "Art with the Experts," discussion with curator Sarah Schroth. Durham County Library, main branch.

SEPTEMBER 25: Lecture by exhibition catalogue contributors Antonio Feros, associate professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania, and Rosemarie Mulcahy, former honorary senior research fellow in the Department of the History of Art, University College, Dublin. 7:30 p.m. Reservations required.

OCTOBER 2: North Carolina Symphony performance featuring guitarist Scott Tennant and the premiere of a new work commissioned for the occasion by Duke music professor Stephen Jaffe. Memorial Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill. 7:00 p.m.

OCTOBER 2-3: "Image and Illusion in Early Modern Spain," conference on the art and literature of the period. Sponsored by the Department of Romance Studies.

OCTOBER 3-4: North Carolina Symphony performance featuring guitarist Scott Tennant and a new work commissioned for the occasion by Stephen Jaffe, Duke music professor. Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh. 7:00 p.m.

OCTOBER 6: North Carolina Symphony chamber music performance with guitarist Scott Tennant. Peace College, Raleigh.

OCTOBER 9-12: Don Quixote, Carolina Ballet performance with new choreography by artistic director Robert Weiss. Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh.

OCTOBER 17: The Spanish High Renaissance, performance by The Tallis Scholars, a British choral group specializing in Renaissance sacred music. Sponsored by Duke Performances. Duke Chapel. 8:00 p.m.

OCTOBER 18: Annual Semans Lecture by Jonathan Brown, professor of fine arts at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts and an international authority on Spanish art. Nasher Museum. 7:30 p.m. Reservations required.

OCTOBER 19: "Iberian Organ Music from the Golden Age," concert featuring University Organist Robert Parkins and images of paintings from the exhibition. Duke Memorial Chapel. 2:30 and 5:00 p.m.

OCTOBER 23: Concert with viola de gamba player Jordi Savall and Hesperion XXI, an early-music group based in Spain. Sponsored by Carolina Performing Arts. Memorial Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill. 7:30 p.m.

OCTOBER 30: Lecture by exhibit co-curator Ronnie Baer, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Laura Bass, assistant professor of Spanish and Latin American studies at Tulane University. 7:30 p.m. Reservations required.

NOVEMBER 6: Premiere of La vida es sueño (Life is a Dream), by playwright Pedro Calderón de la Barca, from a modernized version of the script by Spanish playwright José Ruibal. Presented by the Department of Romance Studies.