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We provide vital support to cultural institutions and arts organizations throughout the world via our extensive program of sponsorships and grants.

Global Sponsor, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Rich in tradition, innovative in vision

Founded in 1891, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is widely regarded as one of the world's greatest orchestras. Bank of America has partnered with the CSO for more than a decade, becoming the Global Sponsor in the historic 2010/11 season, when Maestro Riccardo Muti began his tenure as music director. As Global Sponsor, we have embarked on the most significant sponsorship in CSO history, providing unprecedented support for the orchestra’s concerts and events at home and abroad. The CSO’s dynamic season is complemented by performances by the world’s most esteemed artists from all cultures and in all genres.

The CSO is a leader in music education and community engagement, offering some of the most innovative programs of any United States orchestra. The CSO’s Institute for Learning, Access and Training offers twenty programs that reach more than 200,000 people each year – fostering children’s cognitive development and creative growth, offering training to young musicians and providing access for all.

Acclaimed worldwide, the CSO has performed sold-out concerts on five continents during more than thirty international tours. CSO radio broadcasts reach twenty million listeners each year via 260 terrestrial stations, satellite radio and Web download. The CSO has earned 62 Grammy® Awards, more than any other individual or ensemble in history. In 2007, the orchestra launched its own record label, CSO Resound. Recordings on this label have won four Grammy® Awards, including Best Classical Album, Best Orchestral Performance and Best Choral Performance.

In addition, the CSO is featured on the soundtrack to the film Lincoln, from DreamWorks Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox, in association with Participant Media, and directed by Steven Spielberg. The CSO, along with members of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, recorded renowned composer John Williams’ original score at Orchestra Hall in Chicago in May 2012.

To mark the 200th birthday of Giuseppe Verdi on October 10, 2013, The CSO and the Chicago Symphony Chorus, featuring Music Director and Maestro Riccardo Muti, considered among the greatest Verdi conductors of our time, live-streamed a celebratory performance of the composer’s passionate and transformative masterpiece, Requiem Mass, to a worldwide audience.

As part of its season-long celebration of Austro-German Masters from Bach to Bruckner, featuring a body of chamber, symphonic, vocal and operatic works from composers including Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Mahler and Bruckner, the 2014/15 season launched with Maestro Muti conducting Beethoven’s formidable Symphony No. 9.

The 2014/15 season also features The Complete Symphonies of Tchaikovsky and a Celebration of Scriabin, ten programs exploring the distinctive styles of two nineteenth-century Russian composers. Beginning with a free community concert on September 19 in Chicago’s Millennium Park, the CSO performed Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, along with The Tempest and the Suite from The Sleeping Beauty.

In October 2014, the CSO embarked on its thirty-second European tour, including a debut in Warsaw, Poland, and two concerts in Paris, and culminating with a weeklong residency in Vienna with four performances, including Verdi’s Requiem.

Another focus throughout the season will be on French composers. From Berlioz to Boulez: Color and Sensuality traces a nation’s search for a musical identity, from the precision of the Renaissance and Baroque to the modernism of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. A three-week festival in May titled Reveries and Passions and led by Esa-Pekka Salonen will feature dramatic and operatic works by Ravel and Debussy and highlight the themes of beauty, fantasy and the dark of night.

Major support, international tour:
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
“Cultural ambassador to the world”

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has been celebrating the African-American cultural experience and the American modern dance tradition for more than 50 years. Recognized by Congress as a vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World,” the company has performed for more than 23 million people in 48 states and in 71 countries on six continents.

Support enabling major American performing arts organizations to tour internationally is part of Bank of America’s strategy to increase cultural understanding and open opportunities for dialogue through the arts. At each stop, thousands of people are able to enjoy fine performances and share a cultural experience with other audiences throughout the world.

Bank of America is proud to support the Ailey company’s major international appearances for 2015. A four-week engagement at Paris’ Théâtre du Châtelet for Les Étés de la Danse International Dance Festival will take place July 7 – August 1. After 17 years, a historic return to South Africa has been scheduled from September 3 - 20 with performances in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Extensive educational activities in area schools, communities and townships will occur, similar to Ailey’s historic 1997 residency in post-apartheid South Africa following the lifting of the international cultural boycott.

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater was founded in 1958 by dancer/choreographer Alvin Ailey to share the richness of African-American culture and American modern dance with the world. When Ailey began creating dances, he drew upon his memories of Texas, the blues, spirituals and gospel as inspiration, which gave rise to his most popular and critically acclaimed work, Revelations. Since its debut in 1960, Ailey's Revelations has moved audiences around the world through its powerful storytelling and soul-stirring music, evoking timeless themes of determination, hope, and transcendence. More people have seen Revelations than any other modern dance work in history.

Other works to be performed include repertory favorites Night Creature, Alvin Ailey’s homage to the musical genius of American composer Duke Ellington; the spiritually-charged work Grace by celebrated choreographer Ronald K. Brown; Chroma, a 2013 company premiere filled with layered, beautiful dancing and astonishing lifts by multi- award-winning British choreographer Wayne McGregor; and a high-flying and humorous solo, Takademe, by artistic director Robert Battle.

National Sponsor, The Habsburgs: Rarely Seen Masterpieces from Europe’s Greatest Dynasty

Bank of America is pleased to be the national sponsor of The Habsburgs: Rarely Seen Masterpieces from Europe’s Greatest Dynasty, on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from June 14 to September 13, 2015.

The Habsburgs offers a rare opportunity to see the exquisite masterpieces and opulent personal belongings of an influential royal family whose reign spanned nearly 600 years, and shaped the world as we know it today. The Habsburgs were one of the principal dynasties of Europe from the fifteenth to the twentieth century. The exhibition showcases important works of art and rare objects from the collection of the Habsburg Dynasty—the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire and other powerful rulers who commissioned extraordinary artworks now in the collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. For American audiences, this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to peek inside the chambers of one of the most important imperial art collections in the world. The exhibition, largely composed of works that have never traveled outside of Austria, was organized by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; and the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. It was on view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts from February 15 to May 10, 2015 and will travel from MFAH to the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

The Habsburgs explores the dramatic rise and fall of the royal family’s global empire, from their political ascendance in the late Middle Ages to the height of their power in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the expansion of the dynasty in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to its decline in 1918 at the end of World War I.

Some families have fought, others have intrigued their way to world power; the Habsburgs married their way up. They began with Austria and then married the Netherlands, Burgundy, the duchy of Milan, Sicily and finally Spain, including all its territories in the Americas. 

The 93 artworks and artifacts that tell the story include arms and armor, sculpture, Greek and Roman antiquities, court costumes, carriages, decorative art objects, and paintings by such masters as Correggio, Giorgione, Rubens, Tintoretto, Titian, and Velázquez. Key masterpieces that have never before traveled to the United States include The Crowning with Thorns (c. 1602/1604) by Caravaggio; A portrait of Jane Seymour (1536), Queen of England and third wife to Henry VIII, by Hans Holbein the Younger; and Jupiter and Io (c. 1530/32) by Correggio.

The Habsburgs chronicles the story in three chapters, each featuring a three-dimensional “tableau”—a display of objects from the Habsburgs’ opulent court ceremonies—as context for the other works on view. By bringing together the Habsburgs’ paintings, decorative arts, costumes, and armor, visitors have a rich, tangible, and fascinating sense of the lives and legacies of these important European rulers. The exhibition shows the extraordinarily wide range of the Habsburgs’ collections, including works of Roman antiquity, medieval armory, early modern painting and craftwork, as well as magnificent carriages and clothing.

The first section features objects commissioned or collected by the Habsburgs from the thirteenth through the sixteenth centuries. In this late medieval/early Renaissance period, Habsburg rulers staged elaborate commemorative celebrations to demonstrate power and to establish their legitimacy to rule, a tradition that flourished during the reigns of Maximilian I and his heirs. Works from this era—including sabers and armor, tapestries, Roman cameos, and large-scale paintings—illustrate the significance of war and patronage in expanding Habsburg influence and prestige. 

The second and largest section of the exhibition highlights the apex of Habsburg rule, the Baroque Age of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The dynasty used religion, works of art, and court festivities to propagate its self-image and claim to rule during this politically tumultuous time. Paintings by Europe’s leading artists demonstrate the wealth and taste of the Habsburg rulers, while crucifixes wrought in precious metals and gems, as well as sumptuous ecclesiastical vestments, reflect the emperor’s role as defender of the Catholic faith.

The exhibition concludes with works from the early nineteenth century, when the fall of the Holy Roman Empire gave rise to the hereditary Austrian Empire—a transition from the ancien régime to a modern state in which merit determined distinction and advancement. Franz Joseph, who would reign longer than any previous Habsburg, saw the growth of nationalism and ultimately ruled over the dual monarchy of Austria-Hungary. As heir to the Habsburg legacy—and in the spirit of public education and enrichment—he founded the Kunsthistorisches Museum in 1891. Reflecting the modernization of the Habsburg administration, the exhibition ends with a spectacular display of official court uniforms and dresses.

Major support for The Met: HD Live in Schools
The thrill of live opera for teachers and students

Major funding for The Met: HD Live in Schools  is made possible by Bank of America, with program support provided through a partnership with the New York City Department of Education. This nationwide initiative that provides students, teachers, and administrators with educational resources tied to select live transmissions of Metropolitan Opera performances, will connect with more students and teachers in its seventh season than ever before.

Since the program launched nationally in 2008, it has reached more than 55,000 students across the United States. The program, which uses opera to teach music, theater, history, and English Language Arts, will reach students in 36 school districts across the country and five New York City high schools. In-class workshops prepare students to attend live movie theater transmissions of operas, direct from the Met stage, and make connections between the operas and other subjects in the school curriculum.

This season’s featured operas include Lehár’s The Merry Widow, Rossini’s La Donna del Lago and Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana / Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, as well as revivals of Verdi’s Macbeth and Bizet’s Carmen

Each opera was chosen based on a combination of factors, including the opera’s applicability to the general curriculum, scheduling with school calendars and entertainment value for young audiences.

Sponsor and donor:  
50 for 50 celebrates a half century of art at LACMA 

Since its inception in 1965, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has been devoted to collecting works that span both history and geography, in addition to representing the city’s uniquely diverse population.

Bank of America is pleased to sponsor 50 for 50: Gifts on the Occasion of LACMA’s 50th Anniversary. The works featured in 50 for 50 include a collection of masterpieces from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries by Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Edouard Vuillard, Claude Monet, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Damien Hirst, and Frank Stella as well as art from Africa and works of decorative and applied art.

To recognize this milestone, Bank of America is honored to donate a sculpture from its collection, Red Concave Circle, 1970 by Light and Space artist DeWain Valentine. Best described as minimalist, Light and Space art works were groundbreaking for their use of slick surfaces, often incorporating light which enhanced a luminescent effect through the use of non-traditional materials such as resin or vacuum-formed plastic. Red Concave Circle, 1970 is on view in the museum’s lobby.

In addition to the artworks in 50 for 50, a number of large-scale works and installations acquired in honor of the 50th anniversary are on view throughout the museum campus. These works include Robert Irwin’s Miracle Mile, 2013, a linear configuration composed of 66 fluorescent tubes stretching approximately 36 feet, seventeenth-century Flemish painter Frans Snyders’ still-life The Game Market, c. 1630s, and Kiki Smith’s Jersey Crows, 1995, which is comprised of over a dozen dead crows cast in bronze strewn across the floor as an homage to pesticide poisoning in her home state.

In just 50 years, LACMA has become the largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection that includes over 120,000 objects dating from antiquity to the present. LACMA has its roots in the Los Angeles Museum of History, Science and Art, established in 1910 in Exposition Park. In 1961, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art was created as a separate, art-focused institution. In 1965, the fledgling institution opened to the public in its new Wilshire Boulevard location, with the Ahmanson permanent collections building, the Hammer special exhibitions building, and the 600-seat Bing Theater for public programs.

Over several decades, the campus and the collection have grown considerably. The Anderson Building (renamed the Art of the Americas building in 2007) opened in 1986 to house modern and contemporary art. In 1988, Bruce Goff's innovative Pavilion for Japanese Art opened at the east end of campus. In 1994, the museum acquired the May Company department store building at the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax, now known as LACMA West. 

Most recently, LACMA revitalized the western half of the campus with a collection of buildings designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop. These include the Broad Contemporary Art Museum, and a three-story 60,000-square-foot space for the exhibition of postwar art that opened in 2008. In the fall of 2010, the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion opened to the public, providing the largest purpose-built, naturally lit, open-plan museum space in the world, with a rotating selection of major exhibitions, including 50 for 50: Gifts on the Occasion of LACMA’s 50th Anniversary.

LACMA attracts over a million visitors annually, in addition to serving millions more through digital initiatives, such as online collections, scholarly catalogues, and interactive engagement at lacma.org. LACMA is located on over 20 acres in the heart of Los Angeles.

Season Sponsor, Carnegie Hall
The world’s most famous concert hall

Bank of America is the proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall. Carnegie Hall features the world’s finest orchestras, chamber ensembles and recitalists, as well as pop, world and jazz artists, along with new music and special commissions. 

Carnegie Hall’s mission is to present extraordinary music and musicians on the three stages of this legendary hall, to bring the transformative power of music to the widest possible audience, to provide visionary education programs, and to foster the future of music through the cultivation of new works, artists, and audiences.

Bank of America also supports Carnegie Hall’s educational program, Carnegie Hall’s Musical Exchange. The program provides a global online community where young musicians (ages 13-25) connect with each other, share their musical performances, and participate in groups and projects led by professional artists from Carnegie Hall. Musical Exchange focuses on musical sharing, creativity, and international collaboration. Young musicians from all over the world - all levels and all musical styles - are invited to join the community.

Highlights from the 2014/15 season include UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa, a celebration of the nation’s cultural and linguistic diversity. Ubuntu translates as “I am because you are,” reflecting South Africans’ belief in the importance of community, reconciliation and inclusion. The festival, dedicated to Nelson Mandela’s legacy, extends throughout New York, with events at leading cultural institutions that include music, film, art exhibitions and more. 

Before Bach celebrates the music of the era before the birth of Johann Sebastian Bach in 1685. From Renaissance madrigals to early Baroque opera, Carnegie Hall brings together an assemblage of artists who make early music come alive for a contemporary audience. 

Also this season, Meredith Monk holds the 2014–2015 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair. Celebrating fifty years since her professional debut in 1964, Monk’s performances with her Vocal Ensemble and special guests feature her influential piano, chamber, orchestral and vocal works. 

From the Carnegie Hall Perspectives series, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato collaborates with a range of musical artists from The English Concert and Brentano String Quartet to The Philadelphia Orchestra to perform music of the bel canto era. Another Perspectives series features Anne-Sophie Mutter, a violinist who is dedicated to preserving and creating classical music for the future. Mutter is adding new works for violin to the classical repertoire while also cultivating and promoting new musicians through her foundation. 

In homage to popular classics from a more recent era, Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke celebrates Frank Sinatra. Let’s Be Frank brings to the stage The New York Pops and an all-star cast of guest performers including Tony DeSare, Storm Large, Frankie Moreno and Ryan Silverman.

Major support for the Whitney Museum of American Art
A historic new home for a modern landmark

Bank of America has provided support for the Whitney Museum of American Art since 2001. In addition to ongoing support for the museum’s permanent collection and sponsorship of selected exhibitions, we have also provided funding for Artreach, the Whitney’s signature outreach and education initiative, since 2005. 

Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano and conceived as a laboratory for artists, the Whitney’s new 220,000-square-foot home opens to the public on May 1, 2015. Located at 99 Gansevoort Street, between the High Line and the Hudson River in Manhattan’s historic Meatpacking District, the new building will almost double the Whitney’s exhibition and programming space, offering the most expansive display of its permanent collection of 20th-and 21st-century modern and contemporary American art, as well as an array of temporary exhibitions, including the museum’s signature Whitney Biennial. 

In 1931, the Whitney was founded to develop American artists in every aspect of their work. Today, the Museum annually hosts over a dozen exhibitions, publishes numerous award-winning catalogues, and is on the cutting edge of conservation research. As the preeminent institution devoted to the art of the United States, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents the full range of twentieth-century and contemporary American art, with a special focus on works by living artists. The Whitney is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting American art, and its collection is considered to be the finest holding of twentieth-century American art in the world. The Museum’s signature exhibition, the Biennial, is the country’s leading survey of the most recent trends in American art. 

The new museum building includes an education center with state-of-the-art classrooms, a multi-use black box theater, a 170-seat theater with picturesque views of the Hudson River, and a Works on Paper Study Center, all firsts of their kind for the Whitney. 

The Whitney has long faced the issue of how to make its nearly 20,000 masterworks accessible to all—in a city that is recognized as a leader in art and culture. One of the innovative ways the museum addresses this challenge is through Artreach. For more than 30 years, the diverse programs that comprise Artreach have made the institution’s art and artists accessible to diverse audiences. Artreach provides free programming to New York City public school students, teens, visitors with disabilities and seniors. Bank of America will support a broadened Artreach effort, continuing our enduring partnership with the Whitney.

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