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Thursday 4th November 2021, 7pm
Concert of the International Walter Benjamin Society conference ‘Hope: rethinking with Benjamin’
Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin

Piano Music from 1920s Berlin: Childhood and Revolution

Works by Schönberg, Webern, Adorno, Schulhoff, Confrey, Malipiero, Lord Berners, Szymanowski, Whithorne, Goossens, Casella

Saturday 3rd October 2020, 5pm

Tanz 23/24

Sala Koncertowa, Uniwersytet Muzyczny Fryderyka Chopina w Warszawie,
ul. Okólnik 2, Warsaw

With a talk at 3pm at Curie City, Tamka 36

Tanzabend der modernen Musik – Wiederholung auf vielseitigen Wunsch

Reconstructing performances given in Berlin in 1924 by Henri Châtin Hofmann, Alka Nauman and Lucie Palazot will dance in historically reconstructed costumes by Alicia Gladston. The music is selected and performed at the piano by Samuel Draper from works of the contemporary composers of the day that featured in the original programmes: Lord Berners, Alfredo Casella, Zez Confrey, Gian Francesco Malipiero, Ernst Schoen, and Karol Szymanowski. Dr Sam Dolbear and Prof. Esther Leslie present the background in a pre-concert talk at Curie City, followed by a procession to the dance performance.


On Saturday April 29th, Samuel gave the UK première of George Enescu’s Fourth Symphony, a masterpiece left partially unorchestrated at the composer’s death and later completed for performance by Romanian composer Pascal Bentoiu. Details of the concert, given in partnership with the Romanian Cultural Institute, London, as part of their ‘Bentoiu Month’ series of events can be found at the CONCERTS page and at the ICR website.

Here is a preview of our performance from Richard Whitehouse on CLASSICAL SOURCE
and more information on Pascal Bentoiu can be found at TOCCATA CLASSICS.

A review of the concert can be read at CLASSICAL SOURCE