British Music & Europe in the Age of Brexit

Date: November 3, 2017 -November 4, 2017
Time: 2:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Various

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Nov. 3-4, 2017, Duke University

All symposium events, including concerts, are free and open to the public. No registration is necessary.

For inquiries, contact Philip Rupprecht:

Paper Abstracts

Friday, November 3

PANEL 1  2-5:15 pm
Library Seminar Room, Biddle Music Building

Charles McGuire: “Nostalgic Melancholy: Metanarratives of Elgar’s Cello Concerto in the Age of Brexit ”
Byron Adams: “French Fever: French Music in Britain, 1890-1950”
Erica Siegel: “Elizabeth Maconchy and the Politics of British Musical Modernism in the 1930s”
Christopher Chowrimootoo: “Down and Out in London and Aldeburgh: Sentimental Realism in Peter Grimes”

Library Seminar Room, Biddle Music Building
Daniel Grimley (Merton College, Oxford)

CONCERT  Villiers Quartet  8 pm
Baldwin Auditorium

Frederick Delius: String Quartet (original 1916 version)
Alan Bush: Dialectic
Peter Racine Fricker: String Quartet No. 2
Andrew Waggoner: work tba

The Villiers Quartet is winner of the First Prize of the 2015 Radcliffe Chamber Music Competition, and is Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Oxford. Hailed as one of the most charismatic and “adventurous” quartets of the British chamber music scene (The Strad), the Villiers Quartet have developed an international reputation as exceptional interpreters of English composers including Elgar, Britten and Delius. Formed in 2011, they have been declared “one of the best quartets around today” (Jerry Horner, Fine Arts Quartet), and their performances of Shostakovich and Tischenko have been hailed as “masterful playing” (Classical Source). The Villiers Quartet have performed at numerous festivals and halls including the North York Moors Chamber Music Festival, the Brit Jazz Fest, the Barnes Music Festival, Kings Place, St. John’s Smith Square, the Holywell Music Room and the British Music Society.

Saturday, November 4

PANEL 2  9:30-11 am
Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, FHI (Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, C105)

J.P.E. Harper-Scott: “Somewhere or anywhere? The politics of Brexit, Britten, and the middlebrow”
Philip Rupprecht: “Symphonies Serious and for Fun: Malcolm Arnold and the National Imagination of Genre”

PANEL DISCUSSION: Forming/Performing a National Musical Canon 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, FHI (Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, C105)

Featuring members of the Villiers Quartet

LUNCH 12:30-1:30 pm

PANEL 3  2-4:15 pm
Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, FHI (Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, C105)

Daniel Grimley: “Austerity Symphonies: Nordic Music in the British Cultural Imagination, 1945-1965”
Danielle Ward-Griffin: “Eurovision Opera: The BBC and the Making of Television Opera in Europe”
Nina Penner: “Rethinking Regietheater and the Britain-Continent Divide in Contemporary Opera Staging”

CONCERT  5 pm  Hsiao-mei Ku, violin; David Meyer, cello; R. Larry Todd, piano
Nelson Music Room, East Duke Building

Frank Bridge’s Piano Trio No. 2 (1929)

Hsiao-mei Ku is a Professor in the Department of Music and a member of the Ciompi Quartet. She made her debut at age seven and began her professional training three years later at the Central Conservatory in Beijing. After coming to America, she received her Master of Music degree with distinction and was a recipient of the Performer’s Certificate from the School of Music, Indiana University.

David Meyer joined the North Carolina Symphony at the beginning of the 2013/14 season after performing for a year as a member of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. He served as principal cellist of the Verbier Festival Orchestra and New World Symphony, among others.

  1. Larry Todd is Arts and Sciences Professor of Music and former chair of the Music Department at Duke University. A graduate of Yale University, where he received his Ph.D., he studied piano at the Yale School of Music and with the late Lilian Kallir. His current projects include recording the Beethoven violin sonatas with Katharina Uhde.