Engaging with the Humanities: preparing & leading a performance
As part of a great university, the School aims to make the wider intellectual richness of Oxford available to its students and staff in various ways. One such way is to engage with issues in the study of the humanities.
The work of historians, philosophers, and classicists, and the study of literature and artefacts from many countries and traditions, can shed light on challenges that concern business school students. The study and performance of drama and music can develop perspectives on communication that will be valuable in other contexts, including the corporate and government worlds.
Saïd Business School works with a number of Oxford’s leading humanities scholars in a series of activities to which we give the broad title “Engaging with the Humanities”. This series of events is a part of that, and open to all members of the business school, university and wider community. The School is happy to welcome Marios Papadopoulos for a lunch time workshop at 12:30pm on 22 January 2014.
Preparing & leading a performance
Performing orchestral music, like running an organisation, requires coordination, skill, practice, communication, and many other things from different stakeholders. The leader is part of this process, but also works with others to prepare and then perform to the highest standard possible. As founder and director of an orchestra, Marios Papadopoulos is both an artistic entrepreneur and an organisational leader; he will illustrate some of the challenges and rewards of his work with reference to the Beethoven cycle which many students listened to in Michaelmas Term, as well as to his wider experience. He will explain the process of creating an institution of this type. He will also elucidate rehearsing an orchestra from both a musical and managerial point of view, and what it takes to lead a live performance - both as soloist and conductor. Marios will be interviewed by Roy Westbrook, our Deputy Dean (and author of a history of opera), and answer questions from the audience.
About the speaker
Since his London debut, Marios Papadopoulos’ career as pianist and conductor has been world-wide. He has appeared as soloist with and conducted many of the world’s great orchestras, and worked with eminent musicians including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Hélène Grimaud, Nicola Benedetti, John Lill, Menahem Pressler, Maxim Vengerov and Lang Lang. Marios Papadopoulos holds a doctorate in music from City University and is both a member of the Oxford University Faculty of Music and Fellow by Special Election of Keble College Oxford.
In 1998, he founded Oxford Philomusica, the Orchestra in Residence at the University of Oxford, of which he is Music Director. In the autumn of 2013, he conducted the complete cycle of all the Beethoven Symphonies and directed from the keyboard the five piano concertos in six concerts.
To attend this event, please register online.