Music – lecture – music; in just half an hour. This is the format of the series Eventalks. In 2015, the Utrecht Early Music Festival introduced the Eventalks as something new, in collaboration with Centre for the Humanities (Utrecht University) and Residenties in Utrecht. The succes was as such that a new series started in august 2016. This year it was all about La Serenissima, the republic of Venice, and Olga Pashchenko as artist in residence.
This summer, the Utrecht Early Music Festival, at the beginning of the evening, again offered space for rest and reflection after a busy summer day. Each festival day, a daily-changing scientist delivered a spoken reflection. All lectures were linked to the festival theme la Serenissima, the Republic of Venice, with each speaker choosing his own approach. Everyday, the music was provided by the Russian pianist Olga Pashchenko, who was artist in residence during the festival. In this way, the Eventalks combined philosophical contemplation with live music, like an intellectual haiku, in only half an hour, at the beginning of the evening.
All photos: © Maan Limburg.
Daily from 27 August to 4 September
18:30 hrs, Hertz, TivoliVredenburg
All Eventalks were recorded by De Concertzender and will be offered on demand here soon. The residentie Eventalks 2016 was organized in collaboration with the Festival Oude Muziek and the Centre for the Humanities (Utrecht University). The Eventalks 2015 are still online.
Eventalks 2016: the lectures
The list of speakers of Eventalks 2016 has been compiled by the Centre for the Humanities (Utrecht University). Dutch national music radio De Conertzender recorded all Eventalks and provided the audio below.
August 27, 6.30 PM: Harald Hendrix (Professor of Italian language and culture at Utrecht University, Director of the Royal Dutch Institute in Rome): Venetiaanse vrijheid. Language: Dutch.
August 28, 6.30 PM: Rick Dolphijn (Assistant Professor of media theory and cultural theory, Utrecht University) – Venetië en het Oosten. Language: Dutch.
August 29, 6.30 PM: 29 aug: Cathelein Aaftink (English Language and Culture, Literature Studies, Utrecht University): Beauty in Der Tod in Venedig. Language: Dutch.
August 30, 6.30 PM: Rosi Braidotti (Professor Centre for the Humanities, University Professor, Utrecht University): Sex, Silk and Masks. Language: English.
August 31, 6.30 PM: Rosemarie Buikema (Professor of Art, Culture and Diversity, Utrecht University): Gender, Kunst en Transitional Justice in Venetië. Language: Dutch.
September 1, 6.30 PM: Leonard Rutgers (Professor of Late Antiquity, Utrecht University): Venice, Its Ghetto and the Jews. Language: English.
September 2, 6.30 PM: Sandra Ponzanesi (Professor of Gender and Postcolonial Studies, Utrecht University) : Postcolonial Italy: Quo Vadis? Language: English.
September 4, 6.30 PM: James Kennedy (Professor Modern Dutch History, Dean University College): Republics: Do they have a future? Language English.
About Olga Pashchenko
Olga Pashchenko is a Russian pianist, harpsichordist and fortepianist. She studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow with Alexei Lubimov, Olga Martynova and Alexei Shmitov. In 2013 and 2014 she finished her studies fortepiano and harpsichord with Richard Egarr. In 2013 she released her first solo CD with music by Beethoven, Dussek and Mendelssohn, followed by a spectacular recording of piano variations by Beethoven. During the Utrechts Early Music Festival 2016, Paschenko will feature as artist in residence. She takes care of the music in festival series Eventalks, in which she plays daily changing repertoire on historical keyboard instruments.
About the theme of the festival
The Republic of Venice, with its clear view of the Middle-East, has always been a breeding ground for innovative music. That music subsequently made its way across the whole of Europe. This is not as strange as it might seem: music printing was developed in Venice at the beginning of the sixteenth century, making it possible for music to be disseminated on a much larger scale. Venice became a hub not only for merchandise, but also for music.
First we have the Renaissance, with the double choir element of the Venetian School, then the commercial opera of Francesco Cavalli, and finally the music of Vivaldi: with Venice as its theme, the Early Music Festival takes on the air of a Byzantine mosaic, such as we find in Venice, all colourful and shimmering. At the same time the Venice dossier poses huge questions about how we manage our cultural heritage nowadays, in an inspiring but also responsible manner. Permanent reconstruction is the order of the day for every contemporary Venetian: beauty and transience go hand in hand.
About Eventalks 2015
In 2015, Eventalks was was introduced as a daily activity of the Utrecht Early Music Festival, in the context of the festival theme England. Because, in the English cathedrals, the so called Evensong is an important tradition: at the end of the afternoon, a brief spoken meditation is delivered, wreathed with choral music. The 2015 Eventalks list of speakers was provided by the Centre for the Humanities (Utrecht University). Vocal ensemble Vox Luminis (Belgium/France) took care of the music. All Eventalks were recorded by the Concertzender. Click here for the 2015 Eventalks.