Reza Vali, composer of The Girl from Shiraz
“My aim in composing my piece has been to combine the sensual, sexual, and spiritual aspects of love.”
Carnegie Museum of Art is delighted to bring you artwork from our collection whose stories and themes connect with the sounds you will hear from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. We hope you enjoy experiencing this work of art alongside the performance.
Worlds collide in Pittsburgh around the complicated and often fraught concept of love – the intricacies of which are weighted by cultural expectations and norms. Iranian-born, Pittsburgh-based composer, Reza Vali, explores the many facets of love through reinterpreting traditional musical storytelling. Artist Gertrude Käsebier’s intriguing portrait of Natrona, PA, native and New York chorus girl, Evelyn Nesbit, alludes to the sensuality of the sitter. Nesbit was (unfortunately) best-known for her relationships with wealthy suitors who found her beauty beguiling. Her husband, Harry K. Thaw, son of a Pittsburgh coal baron, shot New York architect, Stanford White, for past indiscretions with Nesbit. Another surprising connection…White was one of the architects for the 1907 Carnegie Museum building.