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Symposium

The Vienna Philharmonic 100 Years After the Outbreak of the First World War

March 7–9, 2014

Read the closing remarks "The Responsibility of Artists" by Maestro Franz Welser-Möst [PDF]

As part of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Residency, Cal Performances presented a weekend-long symposium offering an in-depth look at how arts and politics intermingle and the complex role an iconic arts institution can play in the course of history.

The Vienna Philharmonic 100 Years After the Outbreak of the First World War

Marking UC Berkeley as a world-class research university, Cal Performances provided an opportunity to explore the music and history of Vienna in the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

Join renowned professors, writers, historians, and musicians as they engage in rigorous discussion and historical examination in this free, three-part symposium. Watch each Part on its tab as we live streamed (and recorded) the sessions!

Program notes are available online. [PDF]



Saturday, March 8
New location: Hertz Hall

10 am | Viennese Modernism Between The First and Second World Wars

Prof. Martin Jay, UC Berkeley, History, moderates a conversation with Prof. Christian Glanz, University of Music and the Performing Arts, Vienna; Dr. Alfred Pfoser, Vienna City Library; Dr. Hans Petschar, Austrian National Library, Prof. Niklaus Largier, UC Berkeley, German; Prof. Nicholas Mathew, UC Berkeley, Music.



Program notes are available online. [PDF]

Saturday, March 8
New location: Hertz Hall

2 pm | String Sextet from the Vienna Philharmonic and Musicians from the Vienna State Opera

A program of songs by Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg, and others.
(note that this session was not streamed live or recorded)

3:15 pm | Wartime and Postwar Memories Reconsidered

Dr. Christian Meyer, Director of the Arnold Schoenberg Center in Vienna.



4:15 pm | Making Peace After War (note new time)

Prof. Tom Laqueur, UC Berkeley, History, moderates a conversation with William McElheney, retired member of the Vienna Philharmonic; Adam Hochschild, UC Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism; Prof. Michael Steinberg, Brown University, Music and History.



Program notes are available online. [PDF]

Sunday, March 9
New location: Wheeler Auditorium

11 am | Mastery of the Past

Prof. Stefan Ludwig Hoffmann, UC Berkeley, History moderates a conversation with Prof. Clemens Hellsberg, President of the Vienna Philharmonic; Prof. Oliver Rathkolb, University of Vienna, Contemporary History, author of The Paradoxical Republic; and Dr. Carla Shapreau and Prof. Richard Buxbaum, both from UC Berkeley, Law.



Program notes are available online. [PDF]

Symposium

Part 1 (Mar 8, 10 am)
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Part 2 (Mar 8, 2 pm)
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Part 3 (Mar 9, 11 am)
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Venue: Various locations

Price: Free and open to the public

Wheelchair Accessible Assistive Listening Devices Available Pre-Performance Dining Available
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