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Vienna Philharmonic Symposium

Conference/Symposium | March 8 |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


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The Vienna Philharmonic's visit to UC Berkeley comes at a poignant moment as the world commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. This weekend-long symposium will offer a look at how arts and politics intermingle and the complex role an arts institution can play in the course of history.

Residency events are free and open to the public. To ensure your seat, RSVP for the events you wish to attend. Your name will be included on a list at entry. Seating priority is on a first-come, first served basis.

Saturday, March 8 | UC Berkeley Art Museum Gund Theater

10 am – 1 pm

Viennese Modernism Between WWI and WWII


Moderator: Prof. Martin Jay, UC Berkeley, History
Guests: Prof. Christian Glanz, University of Music and the Performing Arts, Vienna
Dr. Alfred Poser, Vienna City Library, Vienna
Dr. Hans Petschar, Austrian National Library, Vienna
Prof. Niklaus Largier, UC Berkeley, German
Prof. Nicholas Mathews, UC Berkeley, Music

2 pm – 4 pm

Chamber Music Concert


Musicians: string sextet from the Vienna Philharmonic
Lydia Rathkolb, soprano, Vienna State Opera
Thomas Lausmann, Piano, Vienna State Opera

Program: Arnold Schönberg, Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), and songs from Alban Berg, Erich Zeisl, Erich Korngold and Iván Erõd

3 pm

Wartime and Postwar Memories Re-loaded


Guests: A member of the Schönberg-family and Christian Meyer, director of the Arnold Schönberg Center Vienna

4:30 pm

Making Peace After War

Moderator: Prof. Tom Laqueur, UC Berkeley, History
Adam Hochschild, UC Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism and author of To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion
William McElheney, retired member of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Prof. Michael Steinberg, Brown University, Music and History
Other speakers to be announced

Sunday, March 9 | UC Berkeley Art Museum Gund Theater

11 am – 2 pm

Mastery of the Past

Moderator: Prof. Stefan Ludwig Hoffman, UC Berkeley, History
Guests: Prof. Clemens Hellsberg, President of the Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna
Prof. Oliver Rathkolb, University of Vienna, Contemporary History, author of The Paradoxical Republic.
Carla Shapereau, UC Berkeley, Law
Richard Buxbaum, UC Berkeley, Law

Sunday, March 9 | Zellerbach Hall

Post-Concert Talk

The Responsibility of Artists

Franz Welser-Möst, Music Director of the Vienna State Opera


General Public

RSVP online.


rbarnes@calperformances.org, 510-642-9121