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Musical Contributions of Foreigners in Germany and Australia: A historical perspective


Musical Contributions of Foreigners in Germany and Australia: A historical perspective

  • Date: Tuesday, 23 August 2016, 6pm
  • Venue: Goethe Institut - Woollahra — 90 Ocean St, Woollahra, NSW

Event Details

Speakers: Dr Albrecht Dümling; Dr Andrea Bandhauer Chair of Department of School of Languages and Cultures, University of Sydney; Mr John Davis CEO, Australian Music Centre; Dr Joseph Toltz Research Fellow, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney, Co-Investigator for Performing the Jewish Archive, Festival Curator for 'Out of the Shadows: Rediscovering Jewish music, literature and theatre' (Sydney, August 2017); Dr Diana Weekes Translator of Vanished Musicians by Albrecht Dümling, pianist and lecturer at the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium of Music


The book The Vanished Musicians. Jewish Refugees in Australia, published by Peter Lang, is the newly released English translation of the 2011 German-language publication Die verschwundenen Musiker. Jüdische Flüchtlinge in Australien by Dr Albrecht Dümling, the respected Berlin musicologist and music critic. In his timely book Dr Dümling describes people’s collision with events of more than three quarters of a century ago. With few witnesses left of those times, it is important these events are recorded. It is hard enough for most societies to learn from history, but it is virtually impossible if the past is not documented. Today, Australians enjoy an abundance of musical talent – individual, group, symphonic and operatic. How many appreciate its foreign origins, particularly of the classical genre and in ballet? In his book, Dr Dümling places Australia’s reputation for tolerance, fair-mindedness and multiculturalism under a challenging magnifying glass. The resulting optic is eye-opening and an apt reminder of the adage ‘what goes around, comes around’.

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by email to arts@sydney.goethe.org

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