A profile of piano duo Christine and Michelle Naughton, winners of a 2019 Avery Fisher Career Grant Award. And a look at the Brooklyn Museum’s Arts of China gallery, which highlights 5,000 years of Chinese artistic accomplishment.

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> COMING UP, THE PROFILE OF THE PIANO DUO, WINNERS OF THE 2019 AVERY FISHER AWARD.

PIANO PLAYING IS LIKE AN INTIMATE CONVERSATION.

IT IS VERY INTENSE VERSION OF CHAMBER MUSIC.

WE'RE SHARING THE INSTRUMENT.

YOU FORGET ABOUT THINKING THIS IS MY PART AND THIS IS HER PART.

YOU THINK OF IT AS ONE AND IT BECOME VERY CONVERSATIONAL AS WELL.

THE JOY AND FUN IN THAT CONVERSATION IS KIND OF HOPE TO BRING.

AND A LOOK AT THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM'S ARTS OF CHINA GALLERY WHICH HIGHLIGHTS 5,000 YEARS OF CHINESE ARTISTIC ACCOMPLISHMENT.

THE ARTS OF CHINA GALLERY IS SET UP ROUGHLY CHRONOLOGICALLY WITH THE EARLIEST MATERIAL AT ONE END AND THE LATER MATERIAL AT THE OTHER END.

THERE IS A SPRINKLING OF CONTEMPORARY ART THROUGHOUT THE GALLERIES.

> GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO NYC ARTS.

WE'RE IN THE WNET STUDIOS AT THE LINCOLN CENTER.

THE CEREMONY FOR THE AVERY FISHER CAREER GRANT AWARDS TOOK PLACE LAST MARCH AND THE PERFORMANCE SPACE AND THESE INDIVIDUAL GRANTS OF $25,000 GAVE PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE AND RECOGNITION TALENTED INSTRUMENTALISTS WHO HAVE GREAT POTENTIAL FOR SOLO CAREERS.

THERE WERE FOUR RECIPIENTS.

THE JACK QUARTET.

♪ PIANIST HENRY CRAMER.

♪ VIOLINIST ANGELA YOU AND KRISTINA AND MICHELLE NORTON.

♪ ONE OF MOST ACCLAIMED PIANO DUOS PERFORMING TO DAY, SIB SIBLINGS ARE THE FIRST TO RECEIVE A GRANT.

THEY HAVE ALWAYS STUDIED PIANO TOGETHER.

THEY BOTH ATTENDED THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL OF ART WITH A WIDE-RANGING REPERTOIRE, THEY PERFORM AT FESTIVALS AROUND THE WORLD.

PIANO PLAYING AN INTIMATE CONVERSATION.

IT'S ACTUALLY VERY INTENSE VERSION OF CHAMBER MUSIC I ALMOST SAY.

THE CHAMBER MUSIC ASPECT IS VERY INTENSE.

WE'RE SHARING THE INSTRUMENT.

YOU FORGET THINKING ABOUT THIS IS MY PART AND HER PART AND IT BECOMES ONE AND BECOMES VERY CONVERSATIONAL AS WELL.

SO LIKE THE JOY AND THE FUN IN THAT CONVERSATION IS WHAT WE KIND OF HOPE TO BRING.

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I ALSO FOUND THERE IS ALSO MANY REALLY GREAT FOREHAND PIECES THAT WERE ORIGINALLY WRITTEN FOR FOUR HANDS THAT WERE MEANT TO BE PLAYED WITH A COMPOSER SIB LING.

SO THAT'S A REALLY SPECIAL FEELING.

WE UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING, LIKE, WE HAVE -- WE DON'T EVEN MAKE UP A CODE BUT WE KIND OF HAVE CODE WORDS WE KNOW EACH OTHER IS PLAYING SUPER WELL.

WE HAD ALL SAME TEACHERS.

WE CAN SAY A WORD AND WE'LL KNOW.

TO US, AVERY FISHER REPRESENTS EXCELLENCE IN CLASSICAL MUSIC.

SO TO RECEIVE THE AVERY FISHER CAREER GRANT IS A REAL HONOR.

WE HOPE TO EXPLORE MORE ADD DEVELOP TOURS WITH AMERICAN COMPOSERS AND CREATE NEW WORKS AND VERY GRATEFUL THE GRANT ALLOWS US TO DO THIS.

FOR THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM, WE DECIDE TO FEATURE PIECE THAT'S I THINK REALLY KIND OF SHOWCASE WHAT IS UNIQUE AND SPECIAL AS A NUANCE AS FOUR HAND PLAYING.

THIS IS FOR FOUR HANDS.

THREE VERY SHORT MOVEMENT WORK.

THE PRELUDE BEGINS IN THIS VERY PLAYFUL AND ALMOST TEASING MANNER.

BUT THEN THE OTHER PIANIST RESPONDS IN A WAY THAT IS NOT REALLY WHAT YOU EXPECT.

BOTH SIDES OF THE KEYBOARD WITH THE REMARKS AND THE CORDS.

♪ AND THEN IT MOVES INTO THIS SONG LIKE SECTION.

THAT UNRAVELED AND KIND OF MOVES YOU RIGHT BACK INTO THE LOCOMOTIVE SECTION.

SO IT'S KIND OF A VERY CONDENSE ABA FORM.

♪ FOUR HAND, IT REALLY EMBODIES WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT FOUR HAND PIANO PLAYING.

THERE IS SO MUCH DIALOGUE.

THERE'S JUST SPONTANEOUS REACTING TO EACH OTHER AND IT'S FULL OF LIFE AND SO MUCH FUN.

IT IS SUCH A WITTY MAN.

I THINK THAT KIND OF COMES ACROSS IN HIS MUSIC.

SO THE SECOND MOVEMENT IS KIND OF PASTEUR LIKE COUNTRYSIDE FEEL.

KIND OF GIVES US THIS CALM AND RELAXED AND VERY SOOTHING.

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THE FINALE IS REALLY FUN.

IT'S VERY LIVELY AND FOLK LIKE WHICH KIND OF EVOKED OTHER COMPOSERS.

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> NANTO IS FAMOUS FOR WRITING FOR PLAYER PIANO.

SO WE ARE NOT MACHINES, SO IT'S REALLY LIKE A FUN CHALLENGE TO TRY TO DO THAT.

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> HE INCORPORATES A LOT OF INFLUENCES INTO HIS WORK.

ESPECIALLY THE SECOND MOVEMENT, THERE IS A LOT OF BLUES AND THAT WHOLE JAZZY SMOKEY ATMOSPHERE.

AND I WILL JUST SAY THAT A LOT OF FUN AND FEAR HAS GONE INTO THIS PERFORMANCE.

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NEXT WE TRAVEL TO THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM TO VISIT THE ARTS OF CHINA GALLERY.

IT REPRESENTS 5,000 YEARS OF CHINESE ACCOMPLISHMENTS, BRONZES, CERAMICS AND PAINTINGS FROM THE MUSEUM COLLECTION.

THE INSTALLATION CURRENTLY FEATURES MORE THAN 130 WORKS MANY OF WHICH HAVE NOT BEEN ON VIEW IN DECADES.

CONTEMPORARY ART IS ART PART OF THIS DISPLAY.

THEY ACQUIRED OVER 50 PAINTINGS AND SCULPTURES OF ARTISTS OF CHINESE DISSENT.

THE EXPERIMENTAL PAINTINGS VIEW CHALLENGE AND TRANSFORM CHINA'S TRADITIONAL ARTISTIC PRACTICES.

THEY RESPOND TO PRESENT DAY CONCERNS SUCH AS URBANIZATION, ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION AND THE RAP PACE OF CHINESE MODERATION.

THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM IS EXCITED TO WELCOME VISITORS TO NEWLY REINSTALLED CHINA GALLERY.

IT IS SET UP CHRONOLOGICALLY WITH THE EARLIEST MATERIAL AT ONE END AND THE LATER MATERIAL AT THE OTHER END BUT THERE IS, IN FACT, A SPRINKLING OF CONTEMPORARY ART THROUGHOUT THE GALLERIES.

THIS MAGNIFICENT JAR IS ONE OF THE GREAT MASTERPIECES OF THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM.

IT DATES TO THE EARLY SIDE OF THE 1200s AND IS FROM A PERIOD WHEN THEY REALLY MASTERED THE ART OF DECORATING AND COBALT BLUE.

BUT THEY HAD NOT YET FOUND A SOURCE OF COBALT IN CHINA SO IT HAD TO BE IMPORTED FROM THE MIDDLE EAST.

THE FISH ARE SO WELL PAINTED THAT WE CAN RECOGNIZE THE FOUR SPECIES THAT ARE REPRESENTED AND IF ONE SAYS THEIR NAMES IN CHINESE IN THE ORDER IN WHICH THEY APPEAR ON THE JAR, IT ACTUALLY SOUNDS LIKE YOU'RE SAYING OUT LOUD THE WORDS HONEST AND INCORRUPTIBLE.

SO WE BELIEVE THAT THIS JAR WAS ACTUALLY MADE FOR A CHINESE CONSUMER, SOMEBODY WHO WOULD HAVE GOTTEN THE PUN WHICH IS UNUSUAL BECAUSE MOST BLUE AND WHITE CERAMIC WERE FOR EXPORT THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM HAS A UNUSUALLY LARGE COLLECTION OF CHINESE OBJECTS.

THE PIECE THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT NOW IS CALLED A CHAMPION VASE.

> IT'S A SHAPE USED AS A TROPHY CUP OR REWARD THAT WAS GIVEN TO HEROES IN BATTLE.

TO CELEBRATE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE MILITARY.

AND THIS WAS TO HOLD ARROWS.

OURS IS FAR MORE DECORATIVE THAN THE KINDS OF THINGS USED TO HOLD ARROWS.

IT HAS A WONDERFUL FALCON WHICH IS A VERY BOLD, STRONG BIRD ON THE FRONT.

A STANDING ON ONE FOOT AND THEN THE WHOLE BODY OF THE VASE IS COVERED IN DECORATIVE PATTERN IN BEAUTIFUL BLUE AND VIOLET AND PINK AND WHITE.

THIS IS ONE OF THE OLDEST OBJECTS.

IT'S ONE OF THE GREAT MASTERPIECES OF THE COLLECTION.

IT IS A WINE POURING VESSEL THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN USED IN RITUAL AND IT DATES TO 1100 BC.

IT IS QUITE OLD AND BEAUTIFULLY MADE.

IT IS JUST COVERED WITH PATTERNING AND ANIMALS AND IT IS SHAPED LIKE A DRAGON WITH THIS SORT OF SNAG WILL TOOTH GRIN.

WHEN YOU POUR IT, THE WINE WOULD COME OUT FROM BETWEEN THE TEETH OF THE ANIMAL.

THIS IS A FABULOUS FINISH.

INSTALLED NEAR OUR WONDERFUL WINE VESSEL IS THIS WONDERFUL PIECE BY THE NEW YORK BASED ARTIST TU.

IT IS, AS YOU WITH SEE, A BRONZE VERSION OF A McDONALD'S BURGER BOX FRY CONTAIN EASTERN FORK.

IT IS VERY MUCH THE ARTIST'S TAKE ON AMERICAN CULTURE.

THE RITUAL BRONZES ON WHICH THE DECORATION IS BASED WERE USED IN WORSHIPPING THE ANCESTORS.

THEY WERE OF GREAT IMPORTANCE AND SERIOUSNESS.

HERE HE RECREATES SOMETHING THAT IS A THROW AWAY OBJECT, SOMETHING YOU EAT ON THE RUN.

SOMETHING THAT HAS NO REAL RITUAL SIGNIFICANCE WHATSOEVER TO REMIND US OF HOW SHALLOW THE EXPERIENCE OF EATING FAST FOOD CAN BE WITH COMPARISON WITH THESE MUCH MORE RITUALIZED MEALS THAT TOOK PLACE IN ANCIENT CHINA.

IN AND AROUND THE ARTS OF CHINA GALLERY ARE QUITE A NUMBER OF CONTEMPORARY WORKS THAT REFER TO THE ANCIENT CHINESE PRACTICE OF PAINTING.

THE PIECE WE'RE LOOKING AT NOW IS ACTUALLY A VERY OVERT REFERENCE TO A CHINESE LANDSCAPE HAND SCROLL.

THIS IS A PAINTING THAT PEOPLE WOULD LOOK AT BY UNROLLING GRADUALLY AND ALLOW YOU TO TRAVEL THROUGH A LANDSCAPE VISUALLY.

THIS IS A TIME HONORED FORMAT FOR CHINESE PAINTING BUT HERE IT'S DONE NOT IN PAINT BUT IN PHOTO MONTAGE.

YOU CAN SEE THE MOUNTAINS AND TREES ARE ACTUALLY COMPOSED OF SKYSCRAPERS AND ELECTRICAL TOWERS.

AND THAT SOME OF THE ROCKS ARE DERELICT FARRIS WHEELS.

THE WHOLE PIECE IS VERY MUCH THE YUCK ARTIST, YOUNG LEON'S TAKE ON THE CHINESE TREATMENT OF THE LANDSCAPE TODAY.

THERE ARE SO MANY PIECE THAT'S WE HAVE NOT SHOWN HERE TODAY.

AND I INVITE VISITORS TO COME AND DISCOVER THEM FOR THEMSELVES.

NYC ARTS COMES YOU TO EACH WEEK FROM OUR STUDIOS AT LINCOLN CENTER.

HERE'S WHAT'S COMING UP ON THE NEIGHBORHOOD CALENDAR.

PROGRAM WILL BE PERFORMED BY PIANIST MICHAEL BROWN ALONG WITH SUCH INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED WIND PLAYERS AS O'CONNOR, STEPHEN TAYLOR, SEBASTIAN, PETER, AND THEY THE ALSO OFFER A MASTER CLASS ON FEBRUARY 26th.

FOR COMPLETE DETAILS, VISIT OUR WEBSITE.

NEXT WEEK ON NYC ARTS, THE CONVERSATION WITH THE DISTINGUISHED ARCHITECT, MASTER PLANNER AND EDUCATOR.

EVERY ARCHITECT HAVE A DUEL OBLIGATION.

ONE IS TO FULFILL THE PURPOSE OF THAT BUILDING.

THE OTHER ONE IS TO SEE TO IT THAT THAT CONTRIBUTES TO THE GREATER WHOLE SO IF YOU'RE BUILDING ALONG THE STREET, THE STREET IS MORE WONDERFUL.

IF YOU'RE DOING A GRUCH BUILDINGS, THAT THE RESIDUAL SPACES, THE PUBLIC REALM ARE EFFECTIVE AND WORKABLE.

AND WE TAG ALONG WITH LEWIS MILLER AS HE SHARES I HAD FLOWER ART WITH THE PUBLIC.

THEY ARE FOR THE PEOPLE.

I WANT PEOPLE TO TAKE THEM AND INTERACT WITH THEM.

OBVIOUSLY, TAKE A PICTURE BUT TAKE A BLOSSOM.

TAKE SOME HOME.

THE MORE WE CAN HAVE THE SOFT MOMENTS OF BEAUTY AND JOY FOR NO OTHER REASON EVEN IF IT'S FOR AN HOUR OR TEN MINUTES, THE JOB IS DONE.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US WITH THE WNET STUDIOS AT LINCOLN CENTER.

GOOD NIGHT AND SEE YOU NEXT TIME.

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GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO NYC ARTS.

WHAT A PRIVILEGE TO TALK WITH YOU.

WE'RE AT A MOMENT TO TAKE NOTHING FOR GRANTED.

IT'S A PLEASURE TO BE WITH THE CURATOR.

WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF SOME OF THE GREATEST SCULPTURES.

CULTURAL AND MODERN DANCE ARE SO DIFFERENT AND I HAVE SO MUCH MORE TO LEARN BEFORE I CAN REALLY ARTICULATE THE DIFFERENCES.

I SAID THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO DO WITH MY LIFE.

MY PICTURES RESIDE IN VERY PRIVATE MOMENTS.

MY PRIMARY WAIVE PLAYING THE PIANO IS BY IMPROVISING.

YOU'RE ON SACRED GROUND.

A WOMAN CAME TO SEE YOU PERFORM AND SAID HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO PLAY BILLIE HOLIDAY.

ONE OF THE ESSENTIAL THINGS WE LEARNED IS THAT THEY USED PINS TO COMPOSE HIS WORK.

YOU ARE ALWAYS SURPRISED WHEN YOU'RE DOING A PIECE 100 YEARS HAG AND CAN YOU SAY THIS IS NOW.

IT REPRESENTS SOMETHING AND YOU GET APPLAUSE.

GREAT, YOU KNOW?