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Friday 13th October

5:15 PM

Glitter and Doom

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13 Oct 2017 17:15 | Holywell Music Room

Writer and broadcaster Gavin Plumley introduces the cultural melting pot that was Vienna at the turn of the last century, featuring figures such as Freud, Klimt and Mahler. This wider backdrop gives an essential insight into the period and the place, setting the scene for the Festival ahead. 

4:00 PM

The Viennese Café

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13 Oct 2017 16:00 | Café W at Waterstones

En route from the Ashmolean to the Holywell Music Room, call in to the excellent café in Waterstones, briefly transformed into a Viennese coffee house. Surrounded by books and with coffee and Viennese cake in hand, take in waltzes by Johann Strauss, Viennese tunes by Fritz Kreisler, Brahms Hungarian Dances and more, performed by violinist Sophie Rosa (who also plays Beethoven a...

2:00 PM

Arts & Crafts: Part Two

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13 Oct 2017 14:00 | Ashmolean Museum: Lecture Theatre

This is the second part of our day exploring Oxford and Vienna at the turn of the 20th Century through the contemporaneous movements in the visual arts. Matthew Winterbottom, Curator of Nineteenth-Century Decorative Arts at the Ashmolean Museum, gives an illustrated lecture on the Pre-Raphaelites and the Arts and Crafts pioneers, citing examples in the Museum and leading a gallery vis...

12:30 PM

Schools Concert

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13 Oct 2017 12:30 | Ashmolean Museum

Experience the fantastic creative work of local schoolchildren who have taken part in workshops over the previous weeks, writing the words and music of their very own song cycle. This short concert takes place in the atrium of the Ashmolean Museum and is always an uplifting event. No booking is necessary: simply drop in and support these young people in their performance.

Monday 16th October

3:00 PM

A New World, New Music, New Horizons

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16 Oct 2017 15:00 | Blackwell's Bookshop - The Norrington Room

Peter McMullin, Blackwell's printed music specialist, examines the world of music publishing in the early twentieth century, focusing on the works of Mahler, Schoenberg and Strauss. 

Tuesday 17th October

3:00 PM

Brahms's Late Idyll

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17 Oct 2017 15:00 | The Shulman Auditorium, The Queen's College

Natasha Loges discusses themes of nostalgia, idyll and resignation in Brahms’s late works, against the backdrop of his adoptive home Vienna. Her talk will be illustrated with songs sung by mezzo-soprano Emma Stannard. 

Wednesday 18th October

3:00 PM

Songs and Soundworlds

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18 Oct 2017 15:00 | Okinaga Room

Katy Hamilton explores Richard Strauss's Lieder, the role of his wife Pauline de Ahna as muse and interpreter, and the musical battles being fought in Vienna, the city he would later make his home. 

Friday 20th October

3:00 PM

Mahler's Legacy: Schoenberg and Beyond?

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20 Oct 2017 15:00 | Blackwell's Bookshop - The Norrington Room

Mahler broke musical barriers, enabling a younger generation of Viennese Jewish composers. Highly respected author, curator and historian Michael Haas explores those composers freed by Mahler's influence, and asks whether there is a direct line to be drawn between Mahler and the Second Viennese School. 

Monday 23rd October

10:00 AM

Mastercourse Day One

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23 Oct 2017 10:00 | Headington School: The Music School

We are thrilled to welcome the internationally celebrated mezzo- soprano Ann Murray to lead this year’s residential Mastercourse. Each day the students also work with a renowned guest tutor, and observers are free to move between these fascinating sessions.