Oxford May Music: American Connection

Oxford May Music: American Connection

Dvorak - “American” String Quartet in F major, Op. 96
Copland  - Sextet for clarinet, string quartet and piano
John Williams - Elegy for cello and piano
Korngold - “Much Ado About Nothing” Suite, Op. 11, for violin and piano


Goldner String Quartet
Jack Liebeck - violin
Alexandra Raikhlina - violin
Mathieu Herzog - viola
Trish O’Brien - cello
Thomas Carroll - cello
Paul Dean - clarinet
Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro – piano


Dvorak was greatly influenced by the music of America during his time as Director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York. Several of his works reveal these influences, most famously the “New World” Symphony but also this wonderful string quartet. The Copland Sextet was written in 1937 in an attempt to make his “Short Symphony” more approachable and therefore to have it performed more often. He succeeded brilliantly! John Williams expanded a fragment from his film music for “Seven Years in Tibet” to produce this touching elegy to commemorate the tragic death of two children. Wolfgang Erich Korngold was a prodigy almost to rival Mozart although he wrote tonight’s exhilarating piece at the ripe old age of 20 for the Burgtheater in Vienna. He was subsequently to become one of Hollywood’s most famous writers of film music, although not perhaps so ubiquitous as John Williams.

Duration: 1 hour 30mins with no interval

Book Tickets

  • Sat 4 May 2:30 PM £13.00

Thursday 2nd May 2019

LECTURE 5.30pm - The Music of Bubbles

CONCERT 8pm - Festival Overture!


Friday 3rd May 2019

LECTURE 5.30pm - Brain plasticity

CONCERT 8pm - Phronesis


Saturday 4th May 2019

CONCERT 2.30pm - American Connection

LECTURE 5.30pm - A Sea of Trouble

CONCERT 8pm - Austrian Brothers


Sunday 5th May 2019

CONCERT 2.30pm - Mary Bevan & Friends

LECTURE 5.30pm - Living with our defects

CONCERT 8pm - In Memoriam


Monday 6th May 2019

LECTURE - 2pm - Ansel

LECTURE - 4pm - Thinking Like a Vegetable

CONCERT - 6pm - Festival Finale


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Book Tickets

  • Sat 4 May 2:30 PM


Full Price £13

Concessions £10

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