Postcards From Vienna is like going to four private recitals in four days, all with your very own expert guide, and then coming together to talk about it on the fifth day.
We steer clear of music terminology and focus on what matters: listening and watching closely, enjoying the music and seeing brilliant artists perform.
This series is designed for anyone who'd like to learn something new about some of the most prominent composers in history. You might know Brahms, Mahler, Haydn and Schoenberg... or you might not. You might be studying music in school, a lifelong classical music lover, or new to classical music. It doesn't matter. All we ask is that you come curious and ready to listen closely. No musical or artistic training is needed!
Each episode starts with a mini-documentary presented by British conductor Jonathan Berman, who is known for his jargon-free and cross-artform approach to sharing complex ideas with all audiences. He draws on examples in visual art and sculpture and points out musical details you might not have noticed before. Together, you'll discover nuances that bring the music to life. If you don't have any artistic or musical training, don't worry! It's not needed.
To close, you'll be treated to a recital of the music, up close and in high quality film and sound. The performers are American pianist George Fu and Australian mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean.
The mini-documentaries and recitals were filmed at the Austrian Cultural Forum in London in July 2020.
Jonathan Berman will be the host, and you'll join with the other people taking part in this series. Ask questions, share your observations, or make a request. It's up to you!
1. Johannes Brahms. Intermezzo Op. 117 No. 1
2. Gustav Mahler. Um Mitternacht (At Midnight) from Rückert-Lieder
3. Joseph Haydn. Piano sonata in E flat No. 59, 1st movement
4. Arnold Schoenberg. Six Little Piano Pieces Op. 19
Individuals or groups can join the inaugural group for Postcards From Vienna on 9-13 November 2020. The live online discussion will take place via video conferencing at 5-6pm UK time on the Friday.
Alternatively, anyone can create their own schedule anytime from the 14th of November onwards. Small group sessions will be available to schedule for the final discussion with Jonathan Berman.
Access to the 5-part programme is available for £65. Reduced rates are available for early bookers, freelance artists and students. Group access codes for schools and other institutions are available on request.
This course is open to anybody and we are taking special care to provide easy access to people for whom technology can be challenging. If you have any queries concerning access or the technical aspects of this programme, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be delighted to help.
Postcards From Vienna is one of a string of projects by Greengage Ventures, all of which stimulate creative innovation in digital arts performances, create paid work for artists during the COVID-19 pandemic, and demonstrate the power of the arts to bring people together.
Greengage Ventures does not receive any grant or government funding, and is pursuing a vision of financially-sustainable digital performances built on earned income streams. Box office revenue goes towards recouping production costs so that Greengage can continue making more paid work for more artists. As an online-only company, Greengage has very limited overhead costs. All artists are paid for their work.