Would you like some music with your Norman Rockwell?

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What better way to appreciate that most American of painters than with the accompanyment of American music?

On Sunday, musicians from the Brooklyn Philharmonic will perform pieces by Ives, Joplin and John Corigliano as works of Norman Rockwell are projected above them.

It’s part of the Philharmonic’s “Music Off the Walls” program, which draws connections between the seemingly disparate art forms of song and fine art — and it’s perfectly suited for the Brooklyn Museum’s major retrospective on Rockwell, which opens on Friday.

“During [Rockwell’s] period, America was finding its voice artistical­ly,” said Christopher Shannon of the Brooklyn Philharmonic. “Subject matter and approach became a little more edgy and indicative of actual lived life. Together, the music and the art capture that mood perfectly.”

“Music Off the Walls” with Norman Rockwell at the Brooklyn Museum [200 Eastern Parkway at Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights, (718) 638-5000], Nov. 21 at 2 pm. Tickets, $15. For info, visit

Updated 5:21 pm, July 9, 2018
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