Oxford May Music

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Oxford May Music

SJE Arts
All Day

CONCERT 2.30-4.00pm – American Connection 

Dvorak: American String Quartet in F major, Op. 96
Copland: Sextet for clarinet, string quartet and piano
John Williams: Elegy for cello and piano
Korngold: Much Ado About Nothing Suite, Op. 11, for violin and piano

Goldner String Quartet
Jack Liebeck, violin
Alexandra Raikhlina, violin
Mathieu Herzog, viola
Trish O’Brien, cello
Thomas Carroll, cello
Paul Dean, clarinet
Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro, piano

Dvorak was greatly influenced by the music of America during his time as Director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York. Several of his works reveal these influences, most famously the “New World” Symphony but also this wonderful string quartet. The Copland Sextet was written in 1937 in an attempt to make his “Short Symphony” more approachable and therefore to have it performed more often. He succeeded brilliantly! John Williams expanded a fragment from his film music for “Seven Years in Tibet” to produce this touching elegy to commemorate the tragic death of two children. Wolfgang Erich Korngold was a prodigy almost to rival Mozart although he wrote tonight’s exhilarating piece at the ripe old age of 20 for the Burgtheater in Vienna. He was subsequently to become one of Hollywood’s most famous writers of film music, although not perhaps so ubiquitous as John Williams.

Tickets: £13, concessions £10 from Tickets Oxford.


LECTURE 5.30-6.30pm – A Sea of Trouble

Dr Simon Boxall, University of Southampton
One of the most prevailing topics for the health of our oceans today is the issue of plastics. From the bottles discarded on the beach to the micro plastics that wash down our drains there is clear evidence that the volume is steadily growing.  With reports that there will soon be more plastic particles in the sea than fish, what is the science behind the story and how concerned should we be.  Can we see the “Pacific Garbage Patch” from space and how wide spread is it?  More importantly can we reverse the trend and return our fragile ocean environment to a pre-plastic time?  These and other issues will be covered in this talk.

Tickets: £3, concessions £2 from Tickets Oxford.


CONCERT 8.00-10.15pm – Austrian Brothers

Mozart: Piano Quartet in E flat major, K493 
Langsammer Satzfor string quartet
Piano Quartet in A minor
Arvo Pärt:
Fratres for string quartet
Clarinet Quintet in A major, K581

Sandwiched between two masterworks by Mozart, we have pieces by composers who all particularly admired their great predecessor: Webern expressed enthusiasm for both Beethoven and Mozart, although his own music, following his teacher Schoenberg, went in very different directions; Mahler, whose composition was a sideline to his main career, conducting, was particularly associated with Mozart’s music; Arvo Pärt wrote a beautiful homage to both Mozart and the late Oleg Kagan with his Mozart-Adagio. While the Clarinet Quintet is an old favourite at the Festival, the E flat major Piano Quartet receives its first outing.

Tickets: £23, concessions £18 (includes free entry to preceding lecture) from Tickets Oxford.