Composer Lera Auerbach will be joined by cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan for a combination lecture and performance of Auerbach's work at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Historic Asolo Theater at the Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota.
The program is part of the partnership between the Ringling Museum's Art of Our Time series and the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Englewood, where Auerbach is a fellow.
Auerbach has been commissioned by large and small music groups around the world. According to Bruce Rodgers, executive director of the Hermitage, she is one of "the most sought-=after composers working today. Two things people might not know about her. She is multi-talented and in addition to composing music, she also writes poetry and paints. Secondly, after her experience as a Hermitage fellow, she became enamored with our community and bought a home in Sarasota County."
Last summer, the Kammer Musikk Festival in Norway dedicated its programming to Auerbach's music, including a performance of her new theatrical production, "The Blind," in which the audience is blindfolded for the entire production.
Her composition, Sonata for Cello and Piano, will be performed by herself and Hakhnazaryan, who has won numerous awards for his musicianship. He recently was featured soloist with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Anu Tali, the new music director of the Sarasota Orchestra.
Tickets are $5, free for museum members, same-day ticket holders and students with ID. For reservations, call 360-7399.