Gespräch digital salon: Beethoven Now

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15.00 Uhr EDT


Präsentiert vom Goethe-Institut New York

digital salon: Beethoven Now welcomes three diverse thinkers and musicians--one conductor, one composer, and one philosopher--and asks them why Beethoven is important to their praxis today, the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. Erina Yashima, a German conductor who has directed orchestras internationally and brings an intercultural perspective as a leading young concert artist; Lydia Goehr, a Professor of Philosophy who hails from a family of notable German-Jewish musicians and has made important contributions to German aesthetic theory; and Michael Alec Rose, a contemporary composer who has mentored generations of young musicians and articulated a unique connection to music of the past in his writings, have all made Beethoven central to their work through personal and committed approaches. They come together for an impromptu and engaging discussion of Beethoven’s relevance to their respective disciplines. In the spirit of a 19th century salon, we ask you to join the conversation and to engage these thinkers in dialogue in order to explore why Beethoven matters today. Beethoven’s music will be heard through audio excerpts and live musical demonstrations, and we hope to hear your voice as well.  

digital salon is a new online event series by the Goethe-Institut New York. Taking its impetus from the present moment, digital salon offers a space for thinkers from diverse and vibrant cultural, artistic, and intellectual disciplines to come together for spontaneous and engaging discussions. Its topics are culled from the social, political, and cultural life of contemporary Germany.

This event will be held live over Zoom - please RSVP to attend. It will also be streamed live on our Facebook page.

Lydia Goehr is Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University. She is a recipient of Mellon, Getty, and Guggenheim Fellowships, and in 1997 was the Visiting Ernest Bloch Professor in the Music Department at University of California, Berkeley, where she gave a series of lectures on Richard Wagner. In 2002-3, she was the visiting Aby Warburg Professor in Hamburg and a fellow at the Wissenschaftskollegzu Berlin. In 2008, she was a Visiting Professor at the Freie Universität, Berlin (Cluster: "The Language of Emotions") and in 2009, a visiting professor in the FU-Berlin SFB Theater und Fest. Her research interests are in German aesthetic theory and in particular in the relationship between philosophy, politics, history, and music.  

Michael Alec Rose is a composer of symphonic, chamber, piano, vocal, wind ensemble, ballet and theater music. His music has been performed widely in the United States, as well as in Europe and South America. Rose has received 30 ASCAP awards and numerous commissions, including those from the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation, The Spoleto Festival, the Nashville Symphony (twice), Longbow Ensemble of London, the Cassatt Quartet, and the Brazilian Wind Orchestra. His book, Audible Signs: Essays from a Musical Ground, was published by Continuum Books (2010).  Rose teaches at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. He has won three university-wide teaching awards at Vanderbilt, including a Chair of Teaching Excellence. 

Erina Yashima is Assistant Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra and former Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprentice and assistant to Riccardo Muti at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Equally committed as an opera conductor, Ms. Yashima made her debut at the Salzburg Festival with Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor. As one of three finalists in the prestigious 2018 Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award, Ms. Yashima performed with the Camerata Salzburg at the Salzburg Festival. She has conducted the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo, and members of the NDR Radiophilharmonie in various education and chamber music series. Born in Hannover, she studied conducting in Berlin, Freiburg, and Vienna.