The Sewing Machine and the Lyre: Winnaretta Singer and the Paris Musical Avant-Garde

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Co-presented by the UCLA Department of French & Francophone Studies and the UCLA Department of Music 

Sonnets & Sonatas, the UCLA series of lecture-concerts, commemorates World War I by dedicating an evening to Winnaretta Singer, patron of the arts at the birth of modernism and lifelong friend to Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc, and Stravinsky. Discussion of Singer’s life in the context of this historical period is interspersed among live performances of their compositions, as well as compositions by Satie, Ethel Smyth (one of her many lovers), and others. Lecture by Laure Murat, professor in the UCLA Department of French and Francophone Studies. Musical direction by Guillaume Sutre, professor of violin and head of chamber music in the UCLA Department of Music.

This event will be Livestreamed.


Susan Greenberg, Flute
Kyunghee Kim-Sutre, Harp
Danielle Palomares, Soprano
Danielle Bayne, Mezzo-Soprano
Gregory Sliskovich, Tenor
Nathan Granner, Tenor
Rosalind Wan Wong, Piano
Ambroise Aubrun, Violin
Eriko Tsuji, Violin
Guillaume Sutre, Viola
Hillary Smith, Cello


Location: Annex
Ticketing: Tickets are required and available at the Box Office one hour before the program. One ticket per person, first come, first served. Early arrival is recommended.
Member Benefit: Members receive priority ticketing and can choose their seats, subject to availability.
Parking: Under the museum, $6 flat rate after 6 p.m. Cash only. 

All Hammer public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from the Dream Fund at UCLA. 

Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, an anonymous donor, and all Hammer members. 

The Hammer’s digital presentation of its public programs is made possible by the Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.