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Last modified: Thursday, February 7, 2008

Leading proponent of early music Christopher Hogwood to give lecture at the Jacobs School

Feb. 7, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Christopher Hogwood, once described as "the von Karajan of early music", will be giving a public lecture in Auer Concert Hall at the IU Jacobs School of Music on Friday, Feb. 22, at 4:00 p.m.

A distinguished conductor, keyboardist and musicologist, Hogwood is emeritus director of the London-based Academy of Ancient Music, with a legacy of more than 200 recordings, including the complete Mozart and Beethoven symphonies.

Christopher Hogwood

Christopher Hogwood

His lecture, "The Past is a foreign Country: they do things differently there," will survey the important changes in musical perceptions that have occurred with the advent of the historically informed performance movement. He will also consider the present dilemmas for performers and listeners, the difficulties of reconciling past practices with present day economic needs, and the disappearance of interest in amateur music making or private performance.

Hogwood has worked with most leading symphony orchestras and opera houses in the world. As a musicologist he covers music from the 16th to the 20th centuries. He is currently re-editing the overtures and symphonies of Mendelssohn. A revised edition of his classic biography of Handel: "a thorough and excellent guide to the life and works of the great man," was issued in 2007.

Hogwood is Honorary Professor of Music at the University of Cambridge and Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London.

The lecture is part of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music 2007-2008 Lecture Series. For more information, go to