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Schubert and Nature - A Study Day: Susan Gritton & Eugene Asti, Victor Sicard & Anna Cardona

26 October 2014, 11:00 - 15:30


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St Hilda's College

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Presented in association with the University of Oxford Botanic Garden

Nature played a huge role in Schubert’s life and music. Today we explore this role, with two fascinating lectures flanking a recital of his 'flower songs'. Soprano Susan Gritton, who read Botany at St Hilda’s College prior to her career as a singer on the international stage, is joined by pianist Eugene Asti, as well as baritone Victor Sicard and pianist Ana Cardona, who are past winners of the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform


11am - Welcome coffee

11.30am - Lecture One. Richard Stokes introduces Schubert's relationship with nature. Never far from flora and fauna and an avid walker Schubert was strongly influenced by the world that surrounded him.

12.30pm - Lunch will be available on site for purchase

1.10pm - Recital: Schubert's flower songs

Susan Gritton soprano
Eugene Asti piano
Victor Sicard baritone
Anna Cardona piano

2.30pm - Lecture given by Dr Stephen Harris (Druce Curator of the Oxford University Herbaria), who will talk about central European flora and their cultural significance.

3.30pm - Entry to the Botanic Garden is included in the ticket price, and Dr Harris will lead a tour for anyone who wishes to visit the Garden and find out a little more about its history.

Lunchtime concert programme:

Sponsor a Song: click on any title to find out how to sponsor this song and have your name, or that of a dedicatee, appear alongside it in this concert's printed programme.

Ganymed, D544 Lied 'Die Mutter Erde’, D788 Nachtviolen, D752 Der Wachtelschlag, D742 Vergissmeinnicht, D792 Das Lied im Grünen, D917 An die Natur, D372 Du liebst mich nicht, D756 Hänflings Liebeswerbung, D552 Viola, D786 Der Blumenbrief, D622 Die abgeblühte Linde, D514

Festival Passes

This event is part of a series:

2014 Festival: The Schubert Project

The Schubert Project will be the biggest ever celebration of the life and music of Franz Schubert. At its core is the UK's first ever complete performance of Schubert's songs, alongside a host of other works. Bringing Schubert’s Vienna to Oxford in a dazzling feast of music, art, theatre, food & drink, this three-week festival is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to immerse you...

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