Music for Utopia and Dystopia

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Music for Utopia and Dystopia

  • Wed 14 Dec 2016
  • 6:00PM
photo by Damian Griffiths
photo by Damian Griffiths

University of London

Senate HouseMalet StreetLondon WC1E 7HU


An evening of evocative songs and music inspired by the exhibition Utopia and Dystopia. Tenor Norbert Meyn will lead his Ensemble EMIGRE in a concert of art songs especially selected to trace utopian visions of human relationships and society as well as the dystopian fallout from them, which is powerfully reflected in the experience of musicians who had to emigrate because of political convictions or persecution. 

The programme will include the Masonic Cantata K619 by Mozart, Schubert’s setting of Schiller’s Ode to Joy, politically inspired songs by Hanns Eisler as well as musical discoveries from the research and performance project Singing a Song in a Foreign Land at the Royal College of Music, which Norbert Meyn has been leading since 2012.    The international record producer and acclaimed author of ‘Forbidden Music’ Michael Haas (University of Vienna) will lead through the programme.  

The recital will be followed by a drinks reception in the main foyer outside the Chancellor’s Hall.

This event has been kindly sponsored by the John Coffin Trust Fund and Senate House Library.

Venue: Senate House Library, Chancellor's Hall, Malet Street London WC1E 7HU