The first installment of course content for the Central European tour features films about each of the four cities. As only cinema can do, these films provide a quick immersion into specific aspects of each city's culture and history and serve as an introduction to themes that will be explored in other art forms in the course. (Scroll further for additional content that is added.)

For Vienna the selection is Woman in Gold (2015) which recounts the story of Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren) whose family's art - including a portrait by Gustav Klimt - was stolen by the Nazis during World War II. The film traces the efforts to restore rightful ownership of the portrait and in the process retraces the family's history in Vienna and Maria's journey to the U.S. as a Jewish refugee.

Watch the trailer:


Read Adam Kirsch's review of Marjorie Perloff's new book Edge of Irony: Modernism in the Shadow of the Hapsburg Empire. If you're not familiar with the New York Review of Books, the reviews are as much essays on a topic as they are reviews of new publications. Kirsch's discussion of modernism definitely fits this bill and serves as an excellent introduction to turn-of-the-century Viennese authors.  


Check back regularly for new content related to our Central European tour in July 2018!


Our new Central European Music summer study abroad program is now online! Registration details available at the link


Our current featured composer is Ilhan Mimaroglu. Click here for audio and video. 


Check out the video pages for the Anthology of Turkish Piano Music:

Volume I

Volume II

Volume III (Complete video coming soon!)


View one of our featured titles, "Victory March," here. Also, the excerpt of "Aegean Spring" read at the Midwest Clinic Orchestra Reading session is here!



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