Julia Bullock at Metropolitan Museum of Art

Julia Bullock
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Bard College Conservatory of Music alum Julia Bullock will perform a concert with pianist Renate Rohlfing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on November 10 at 7 p.m. Presented by the Walter M. Naumburg Foundation, the recital will include works by Samuel Barber, Francis Poulenc, Edvard Grieg, Kurt Weill, and others.  The recital is part of the prize Bullock received as the Naumburg Competition winner in 2014.

Both Bullock and her pianist Rohlfing are accomplished, up-and-coming artists. Bullock recently made her debut with the New York Philharmonic. She will once again be working with director Peter Sellars and the Deutsche Oper Berlin on Kaija Saariaho’s La Passione de Simone. Rohlfing has collaborated with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack, and the Juilliard Vocal Arts program, among others.

Bullock put together the selections for the Met Museum performance. When asked how she determined the final repertoire she said, “I try not to be too heady…because this is about sharing music, not about showing off clever programming.” Her eclectic program spans a range of styles, composers, and languages. She confessed that the Kurt Weill set is the part with which she most personally connects. “He asks you to expose something deeply personal, and that takes courage,” she said. “He just laid it out; as bitter, trite, confusing, destructive, ironic, and delicate, as the world seemed to be post World War I.”

Bullock likes to tell her audience: “Just come and try to enjoy yourselves…. I'll attempt to do the same.”

To purchase tickets or get more information, visit the museum’s website: http://metmuseum.org/events/programs/met-live-arts/julia-bullock.