NEW YORK—Emerging New Zealand superstar Lorde performed Sunday night to an adoring crowd in support of the Guggenheim Museum’s signature retrospective on classical music that opened the evening.
She broke out her hit songs “Royals” and “Green Light” during her 45-minute set.
The Guggenheim world premiered its Mona Lisa series of shows curated by composer and conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt in 2008. The centerpiece pieces all center on the iconic Italian painter. Some artists and composers have backed out of the retrospective for various personal and other reasons, which took longer than expected.
Harnoncourt curated the current retrospective that features work by Giacomo Puccini, Debussy, and Erik Satie.
The event had a less formal atmosphere than the Guggenheim’s recent galas held in the museum’s Louis Kahn-designed Frank Gehry building on Fifth Avenue. The Gala reached out to the community for donations instead of charging $5,000 a head. The gala also features musical performances by violinist Nicola Benedetti and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
The 17-year-old Lorde, the youngest artist to score a No. 1 album in the U.S. since The Beatles in 1964, recently released her second studio album, “Melodrama.”