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Postcards From Vienna is like going to four private recitals in four days, all with your very own expert guide: orchestral conductor Jonathan Berman.
In this series, we'll avoid music terminology and focus on what matters: listening and watching closely, enjoying the music and seeing brilliant artists perform. We hope you enjoy it!
A postcard every day for 4 days...
Click on a postcard to reveal the relevant episode.
And a live video discussion
As part of Postcards From Vienna, you're also invited to an optional live video discussion with Jonathan Berman. We hold these regularly, and the next one is on 14 January 2021 at 5pm UK time.
Ask questions, share your observations or make a request for next time. It's up to you. This is an informal discussion and there's no need to prepare anything in advance.
You'll receive the meeting ID and passcode via email.
The music in Postcards From Vienna
1. Intermezzo Op. 117 No. 1 by Johannes Brahms [1833-1897]
2. Um Mitternacht (At Midnight) from Rückert-Lieder by Gustav Mahler [1860-1911]
3. Piano sonata in E flat No. 59, 1st movement by Joseph Haydn [1732-1809]
4. Six Little Piano Pieces Op. 19 by Arnold Schoenberg [1874-1951]
About the artists
Jonathan Berman is a Conductor who performs with orchestras all over the world. He is known for his unique approach to communicating complex ideas with all audiences. He goes above and beyond the traditional role of a conductor, forming the trust of audiences from traditional listeners to the next generation. He is currently in the process of recording the complete symphonies and promoting the music of Franz Schmidt. At the start of lockdown, he began the website standtogethermusic.com in order to promote artists who have had cancellations.
Described by the Boston Music Intelligencer as a “heroic piano soloist” with “stunning virtuosity”, Chinese-American pianist George Xiaoyuan Fu is establishing a reputation as a captivating performer with distinctive intelligence and sensitivity.
Australian mezzo soprano Lotte Betts-Dean is a versatile and dynamic concert artist, whose performance experience encompasses opera, oratorio, contemporary music, art song recital/chamber music, early music and non-classical collaborations. She has been based in London since 2014 and works internationally, most often in the UK and Australia. Lotte is Associate Artist with Southbank Sinfonia, and is a member of London-based contemporary music group Ensemble x.y. She is also a City Music Foundation Artist for 2017-2019, recently won the 2019 Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform, and was selected as a 2020 Samling Young Artist. Lotte is a regular collaborator with guitarist Andrey Lebedev with whom she won the inaugural 2018 New Elizabethan Award. Lotte is one 2018 bursars with the Imogen Cooper Music Trust and in 2019 became a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
How does Postcards From Vienna work?
Every day for four days, you will receive access to a talk by British conductor Jonathan Berman followed by a recital by two exceptional artists. You'll also be invited to join everybody for a live virtual discussion.
The first Postcards From Vienna will be held from the 9th to 13th of November 2020.
After that, you can watch Postcards From Vienna on your own schedule. 'Day 1' of the schedule will be the day you buy your ticket, and you can select a time for your video discussion here.
How do I access the episodes?
On each day, you will receive an email containing the password for your next episode. Simply type it into the relevant box, click 'watch video' and you'll be able to watch.
If you need a ticket, please click here.
What happens if I miss a day?
Shhhh... we won't tell anybody. You can watch more than one video in a day. You can even watch all four videos in one day if you really want to!
But we encourage you to watch one per day so that you have time to reflect on the music, and look at the artworks.
How do I join the live discussion?
Just click on the "join discussion" button and type in the relevant meeting ID and password in Zoom. You'll receive the meeting ID and password via email, along with your access password for Postcards 3 and 4.
To participate in the discussion, you'll need to make sure your camera and microphone are on.
What if I can't make the live discussion?
The live discussion is an integral part of Postcards From Vienna, but we realise that the times we provide may not suit everybody.
If you would like to propose a new time for the discussion, please email email@example.com
Is there a fixed schedule for Postcards From Vienna?
No. You can start any day you like, and watch the 30-minute episodes at any time of day.
How long do I have access to these films for?
You'll have unlimited access for 30 days from the day you purchase a ticket for the series.
I've lost my password or didn't receive it. What should I do?
If you have any problems, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can help you.
What is Greengage Ventures?
Greengage is a production company and a platform that specialises in digital performances in theatre and music. We create paid work for artists and are committed to making brilliant performances more accessible to wider audiences.
You can read more about Greengage here, join the Found Spaces festival, or browse shows here.