Art History Alumni visit to the University of Melbourne
Our event on Monday 19th August was in two parts, or three, if coffee and a chat can be included.
Initially we joined others at an absolutely wonderful lunchtime concert at Melba Hall, University of Melbourne. Anne Harvey-Nagl, violin and Kristian Chong, piano performed W.A.Mozart’s Sonata for Piano and Violin in B flat major, K454 (1784) and Richard Strauss’ Sonata for Violin and Piano Op.18 (1887). Both these artists have international reputations. Ann Harvey-Nagl is currently concertmaster in the Vienna Volksopera and Kristian Chong has performed in many countries and now teaches piano and chamber music at the University. As you can imagine, the program and performances were memorable.
The Grainger Museum followed. This museum holds an eclectic collection of Percy Grainger’s memorabilia including letters, manuscripts, photographs, music scores and instruments, artwork, furniture, textiles and other personal objects. To give meaning to its contents we were fortunate in having a very knowledgeable guide. She explained its establishment and spoke about the Grainger family, in particular Percy’s relationship with his mother, Rose, and some aspects of his personal life. While pointing out musical scores, photographs, posters etc. she talked about his international reputation as composer, performer, educator, innovator and collector. She made Percy come alive. Most of us felt we would like to return as there was so much to see and learn.
Coffee followed at Dr Dax.
If you are interested in the free lunchtime concerts or the museum the websites are: