Music in Museums

Pianist and composer Françoise Choveaux

On November 29, pianist and composer Françoise Choveaux will bring a unique perspective on music and visual art to the NJIT campus with a performance that will include compositions inspired by the paintings of the 19th-century French artist Gustave Courbet. Choveaux will perform works she has created to complement and illuminate specific paintings by Courbet and other artists, and invite the audience to share in her discussion of the links between musical and visual creativity.

Choveaux’s exploration of this artistic intersection will be on Wednesday, November 29, 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Jim Wise Theatre.

Born in France, Choveaux studied at the Conservatory of Lille and the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris. She continued her studies in the United States at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore and at the Julliard School in New York.

An internationally preeminent performer and recording artist, Choveaux is also an exceptionally prolific composer. She has written music for all instruments, for solo performers, chamber groups and symphony orchestras in Europe, Asia and the United States. In speaking of her compositions recorded by the Vilnius String Quartet, she touched on the relationship between forms of artistic expression that she will explore at NJIT: “The richness of sounds and colors for strings is a discovery of every moment. For a composer, I think that the string quartet offers infinite possibilities, similar to the use a painter can make of the palette.”

NJIT welcomes attendees from all area colleges and universities.

Sponsored by the NJIT Music Initiative, Theatre Arts and Technology Program, Rauch Family Foundation Charitable Trust Concert Series at NJIT, NJIT Technology and Society Forum, Sigma Xi NJIT Chapter.

For more information: Contact Jay Kappraff, jay.m.kappraff@njit.edu or 973-596-3490.