Monthly Archives: January 2016

Nicola Benedetti at the Sheldonian Theatre

Commenting on Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Theodor Adorno wrote that ‘In the Beethovian form the present creates the past’. It was he said ‘an image…not of the world but of an interpretation of the world’, equating it with ‘the same experiences which inspired Hegel’s concept of the world spirit’. In writing this he […]

Ai Weiwei at the Royal Academy

Just after the end of term, a big group of Ertegun scholars went to see two temporary exhibitions in London: an ample selection of Goya’s portraits at the National Gallery, and a major survey of Ai Weiwei’s work at the Royal Academy of Arts. That was, of course, a rather unlikely combination – and upon […]

Nostalgia for the Light

What could possibly connect a team of astronomers exploring the sky with the most powerful telescopes and a group of women searching for the remnants of their lost relatives in a vast and endless desert? In Nostalgia for the light (2010), a documentary by Chilean director Patricio Guzmán, proposed by Mariana on 10th November as […]

Handel’s Messiah at the Sheldonian

Even before the first note sounded, the Ertegun Scholars’ trip to hear the Oxford Bach Choir and the London Mozart Players’ performance of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah was an experience. Seated in the uppermost balcony of the Sheldonian Theatre, our heads seemed to scrape the painted ceiling, and we could look out over an auditorium […]