Athenaeum Library Gala

Special Concerts

The Danish Golden Age

A five-week literature, art, and music lecture-concert series, celebrating the Bicentennial of Niels Gade (1817-1890)

Presented by Victoria Martino, lecturer and violinist, and Musica Pro Arte Ensamble


Mondays, September 18 & 25, and October 2, 9 & 16, 2017

All concerts begin at 7:30PM.


There might have been no Grieg, Sibelius, or Nielsen without their mentor and teacher, Niels Gade. The musical legacy of Denmark's greatest composer can scarcely be overestimated. A close friend and highly esteemed colleague of both Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann, Gade was arguably the most influential figure in Scandinavian music of the 19th century.


The year 2017 is the bicentennial of Niels Gade’s birth, and Victoria Martino returns to the Athenaeum this fall with her beloved and popular lecture-concert series, in a special tribute honoring this now largely forgotten, yet immensely significant composer. In a five-week series, entitled The Danish Golden Age, the complete works for violin by Niels Gade (an accomplished violinist as well as composer) will be presented against the vivid backdrop of one of the richest artistic and intellectual milieus of the 19th century, boasting architects, choreographers, composers, dancers, painters, philosophers, poets, playwrights, sculptors, scientists, and storytellers who had a profound impact on international culture up to the present day.


Let the enchanting melodies of Niels Gade magically transport you back in time to Copenhagen at the height of its cultural prowess, when the city’s small size promoted frequent meetings of the leading figures of the day, bringing the arts and sciences together. Marvel at the serenity and elegantly balanced proportions of Neoclassical architecture and sculpture; delight in the intimacy and exquisite delicacy of Danish landscape painting, genre scenes, and portraits; relish Romantic folklore sagas, epic poetry, and the “modern” fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen; engage in the provocative existential ideas of Søren Kierkegaard; explore the fascinating discoveries of the “thought experiment” and electromagnetism; experience the exuberant lightness and progressive choreography of August Bournonville, Master of the Royal Danish Ballet; dance to the “pop” of uncorking a bottle of champagne in the captivating new amusement park of Tivoli. Discover what made the Danish Golden Age “golden.”



Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

Joan and Irwin Jacobs Music Room

1008 Wall Street

La Jolla, CA 92037


Series Tickets: $90 members / $115 nonmembers

Individual Tickets: $20 members / $25 nonmembers


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