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Lecture & Concert | Cecelia Porter: Music in Vienna and its Forgotten Micro Culture: Women Composers 1918-1945

  • Austrian Cultural Forum 3524 International Court Northwest Washington, DC, 20008 United States (map)

Cecelia Porter: Music in Vienna and its Forgotten Micro Culture: Women Composers 1918-1945

Dr. Porter will be focusing on three women composers active in Vienna, their lifetimes overlapping so as to cover 1918 to 1945. The women in question are Mathilde von Kralik (1857-1944), Johanna Müller-Hermann (1878-1941) and Frida Kern (1891-1988). For the most part, these women are virtually unknown or little known today, even in Vienna. Amazingly, musical life in Vienna continued during these years despite the ongoing devastations and miseries of two World Wars, drastic inflation, the Great Depression, and the political and economic chaos leading to the Anschluss and National Socialism. Yet, even in those wretched times, the city was overflowing with new musical works and concert life. This new probe into the Vienna’s past illuminates a hidden, yet vibrant “micro-culture” in this city’s musical life.
This evening Dr. Porter has called on the magnificent, internationally-known soprano Rosa Lamoreaux, resident soprano at the National Gallery of Art. Her pianist, Stan Engebretson, is the conductor of the National Philharmonic Chorale and professor at George Mason University. Their performance says it all.

Musicologist Cecelia Hopkins Porter is a long time classical music critic for The Washington Post. She has written numerous articles in major musical publications including The Musical Quarterly and Opera News; and has served on the faculties of George Washington and Maryland universities. She holds music degrees (with honors) from Harvard University, Columbia University, and the University of Maryland. She studied the flute with the principals of the Boston, Berlin, Philadelphia, and Boston symphony orchestras. Her many awards include a German Government grant for music study in Berlin, a Fulbright Senior Scholar Grant for research in Vienna, Austria’s Golden Cross of Honor for the Arts and Sciences, and other honors. She also studied piano and flute at the Peabody Conservatory and at Tanglewood Music Center. Dr. Porter has published two books on musical subjects: The Rhine as Musical Metaphor: Cultural Identity in German Romantic Music, published by Northeastern University Press in Boston; and Five Lives in Music: Women Performers, Composers, and Impresarios from the Baroque to the Present, published by the University of Illinois Press.

When: March 24, 2015 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum | 3524 International Court NW | Washington, DC, 20008
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