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Friends of MetLiveArts: Firebirds

The Firebirds is a group of visionary patrons who are the core advocates for MetLiveArts, the Museum's performance series. Like Stravinsky and Diaghilev's Firebird (the group's namesake), MetLiveArts bridges old and new, embraces tradition and experimentation, celebrates folk idiom and high culture equally, and combines the disciplines of dance, music, opera, theater, and hybrids with the visual arts—thus creating explosive, thrilling, and illuminating new works of art. Performances often take place in The Met's galleries and unique spaces, enriching the relationship between the visitor and works of art in the Museum.

Firebird members enjoy VIP social events in Museum spaces and private homes; curator-led, after-hours tours of exhibitions; cocktail receptions with artists before or after scheduled MetLiveArts performances; visits to contemporary artists' studios; and privileged access to Frieze art fair. Firebirds II membership includes the benefits of Firebirds I, and more.

Firebird Fellows: $10,000 ($1,416 is not tax deductible)

Firebirds: $6,000 ($1,140 is not tax deductible)

Under 40: $4,000 ($1,140 is not tax deductible)

Firebird Fellows receive the benefits of The Leader's Circle Membership; Firebirds and Under 40 receive the benefits of The Champion's Circle Membership. Learn more about the benefits of Patron Circles Membership.

For more information, please contact Elysia Dawn at 212-650-2655 or elysia.dawn@metmuseum.org.

Highlights of 2016–17 Firebird Events

Private Showing with Gallim Dance
Firebirds enjoyed a preview of a new work created specifically for the Temple of Dendur by Andrea Miller, showcasing site-specific dance at The Met, followed by cocktails in the gallery with the artists.

Private Exhibition Viewing of Jerusalem 1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven
Following a curator-led tour of The Met exhibition by Melanie Holcomb and Barbara Drake Boehm, authors Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt (The Gaza Kitchen) explored the rich history and influences that formed Jerusalem's culinary traditions during a reception featuring recipes created especially for the exhibition by chef Yotam Ottolenghi, El-Haddad, and Schmitt.

Private Exhibition Viewing of Age of Empires and Dinner with Tan Dun
Two nights before the world premiere of Tan Dun's commissioned work, Symphony of Colors: Terracotta, Firebirds enjoyed a private tour of the blockbuster exhibition led by curator Jason Sun. Dinner and conversation with the composer and curator followed in a private home.

Private Concert with Celebrated Violinist Pekka Kuusisto
Pekka Kuusisto performed a special program of Bach masterworks, along with improvised traditional dance tunes. A buffet dinner in a private home followed.

Private Talk and Concert: Ancient Egypt in the Opera
Curator Dieter Arnold gave a talk for Firebirds and Friends of Egyptian Art on the fascinating history of operas with ancient Egyptian themes against the stunning backdrop of the Temple of Dendur. Performances by Metropolitan Opera singers and a cocktail reception in the gallery followed.

Above: The Museum Workout. Photo by Paula Lobo