Valley of the Moon Music Festival “Conversations with Kate: the Paradox of Progress"

  • July 29, 2018
  • From: 02:30 PM to 03:30 PM


Lecture and discussion with Kate van Orden, bassoonist and Harvard University's Dwight P. Robinson Jr. Professor of Music.

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 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.

This event is part of the Blattner Lecture series of the Valley of the Moon Music Festival.