We are pleased to introduce the new Blattner Lecture Series, featuring star lecturers to take you on a Viennese musical journey, from the Enlightenment through the early 20th century. Each lecture will provide insight and set the cultural context of the music being performed. A very special thanks to Kimberly and Simon Blattner for supporting this exciting new series.

The lectures on July 15th and 21st are included with tickets to those concerts; tickets for Conversations with Kate on July 29th are available separately on our website.

July 15th, 3pm:
Echoes of the City—Vienna’s Musical Pasts

Beethoven expert Professor Nicholas Mathew (UC Berkeley Music History) talks about the relationship between music and politics in the 18th and 19th centuries.

July 21st, 3pm:
Making Modernity: Vienna 1880-1920

Thomas W. Laqueur, UC Berkeley’s Helen Fawcett Distinguished Professor Emeritus, explores how and why Vienna became the city where many of the ideas, political movements, art, music and architecture that shaped the 20th century were born in the decades before the Great War: psychoanalysis, atonal music, expressionism, Zionism, anti-Semitic political parties, and more.

July 29th, 2:30pm:
Conversations with Kate:

The Paradox of Progress

In 1933, Arnold Schoenberg gave a provocative talk titled “Brahms the Progressive” in which he decried stereotypes of Brahms as conservative. Beginning with some historical background and a riff on Schoenberg, Kate van Orden, Dwight P. Robinson Jr. Professor of Music, Harvard University, leads a conversation with VMMF musicians about the challenges of performing fin-de-siècle repertoire in period style, what early instruments add to the experience of Schubert, Brahms, and Schoenberg, and the value of musical progress itself.