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Long Awaited Overview on William Kent
Tuesday 5th November 2013
If you were amongst those who made the journey to Norfolk’s Houghton Hall to see the return of Sir Robert Walpole’s pictures from the Hermitage Museum, you will doubtless have been impressed by the magnificent interiors by William Kent, designed for Walpole to reflect his power and wealth? Kent, (1685 – 1748), is regarded as one of the most original of early eighteenth century designers and Yale University Press have done him justice by publishing a truly magnificent book - William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain, edited by Susan Walker (ISBN 978 0300 19618 4) and costing £60. This is a book of essays written by some of our greatest scholars on the eighteenth century and published to coincide with a magisterial exhibition of the same name as the book, now at The Bard Graduate Centre in New York, and coming to the Victoria and Albert Museum (22 March – 13 July 2014). Tom Duncan will give a Study Day on Kent, looking at his work as painter, architect, designer of furniture and the decorative arts and above all, his pivotal role in transforming the English landscape. This will be in London at The Linnaean Society, next to the Royal Academy on 15 April 2014. Two morning lectures will be followed by timed entry to the exhibition at the V&A on that afternoon.
Richard Strauss Anniversary Year
Tuesday 5th November 2013
Just as we wave farewell to a musical year dominated by the two hundredth anniversary of the birth of those two giants of nineteenth century opera, Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner, we move on to another giant of the musical scene, Richard Strauss. Strauss was born in Munich on 11 June 1864 and we are delighted to mark this great moment in musical history by combining a visit to Munich, 4 – 8 March 2014, with an opportunity to hear what many regard as Strauss’s wittiest and most affecting opera, Der Rosenkavalier! After the heady drama of both Salome and Elektra, this unlikely tale of love in many guises set in eighteenth century Vienna was a triumph, providing us with some of the finest music ever written for the soprano voice. You can also attend performances of La Cenerentola and La Bayadere. The visit program will focus on the patronage of Bavaria’s ruling dynasty, the Wittelsbach family. They were remarkably consistent as great patrons of the arts and collectors and if you do not know their palaces and museums with their wonderful collections in and around the city, this is the ideal opportunity to discover Munich!
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