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Jacob Hoefnagel's 1613 painting, "Orpheus and the Animals," shows a serene Greek god seducing wild animals with his music. (AP)
Jacob Hoefnagel's 1613 painting, "Orpheus and the Animals," shows a serene Greek god seducing wild animals with his music. (AP)
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When you think of classical music, what might immediately come to mind are cavernous, ornate concert halls with musicians in black and white playing string instruments for a graying audience.

But the Peabody Essex Museum's composer-in-residence, Matt Aucoin, wants to change that image. He's designing intimate, creative performances in unusual spaces that he hopes will attract wider audiences.

An example of that is a piece he composed that he'll be conducting at the museum Friday night. It's called "The Orphic Moment" and it's a new take on the ancient myth of Orpheus, as he explains to WBUR's Sacha Pfeiffer.

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Matt Aucoin, the Peabody Essex Museum's composer-in-residence

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Peabody Essex Museum: The Lure Of Orpheus

  • "The story of Orpheus, searching in the underworld for his beloved Eurydice, is music’s founding myth. It’s every musician’s justification and self-glorification and favorite bedtime story, and it’s also a cautionary tale."

This segment aired on June 5, 2014.

Sacha Pfeiffer Twitter Host, All Things Considered
Sacha Pfeiffer was formerly the host of WBUR's All Things Considered.

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