Great collaborations are the stuff of legend. Scorcese and De Niro. Aerosmith and Run DMC. Macaroni and Cheese.
This weekend, Lincoln Center will present another dynamic duo when Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and South African artist Robin Rhode join forces for a reworking of Modest Mussorgsky’s piano suite Pictures at an Exhibition. And we've got a highbrow prize package for one lucky winner that includes two tickets to this Friday's performance (November 13), plus dinner for two at Luce and the collector’s edition of the Pictures Reframed art book, DVD, and CD (Total value: $275).
Pictures Reframed pairs Rhode's video stills with Andsnes's playing as part of a two-night engagement that our classical critic Justin Davidson billed as one of this fall's must-see performances. And frankly, it sounds kind of awesome:
As Andsnes plays onstage, above him a projected image of a featureless human in concert dress goes twirling through a set of abstract geometries. At the piece’s climax, we see a grand piano sitting in a dry dock. The sluice gates open, and seawater floods in, drowning the doomed instrument—while onstage its hale double keeps thundering on.
To enter, simply tell us what you think is the greatest artistic collaboration and give a brief explanation why. Would 8 Mile be half as good without the one-two punch of Eminem and Brittany Murphy's pursed lips? Did Philip Seymour Hoffman astound you at his reading of Everyman alongside the Takács Quartet? Are you still singing "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" nine years later? Make your case in the comments below and we'll select a winner tomorrow evening.
Contest ends at 5 p.m. EST on November 11, 2009. Read official rules here.