"Yehudi Menuhin: Violinist and Visionary"
The 9th Annual Nilsson Lecture in Contemporary Drama and Literature was held in conjunction with the international Menuhin Competition taking place at UT from February 21-March 2, 2014. The Fine Arts Library hosted a lecture by Jonathan Benthall Friday, February 28, 2014 - 5:30pm.
Founded in 1983, the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists — hosted this year by the Butler School of Music — attracts some of the world’s best violinists under the age of 22. The competition helps exceptionally talented young musicians from around the world to develop into artists of the highest caliber.
Learn about the competition’s founder from Jonathan Benthall, Yehudi Menuhin’s son-in-law, as he talks about the violin legend’s collaborations with talents such as Ravi Shankar as well as his unique approaches to music education.
Benthall, who is also an author and former head of the Royal Anthropological Institute in Great Britain, will provide the talk “Yehudi Menuhin: Violinist and Visionary,” in the Fine Arts Library at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, February 28, during the dinner break of the Junior Finals competition. The event is free and open to the public.
The Nilsson Lecture was founded through the generosity of Dr. David O. Nilsson, a retired mathematics professor at The University of Texas at Austin, independent scholar and Henrik Ibsen aficionado. Past lectures have featured the Swedish novelist Lars Gustaffson (speaking on paradox in Ibsen’s "The Wild Duck"), and director of Shakespeare at Winedale James Loehlin (on Stanislavski’s contrarian production of "The Cherry Orchard"), and an entertaining panel of local playwrights including internationally-renowned Kirk Lynn and Keene Prize winner George Brant (discussing the state and fate of theater), a master class on Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing featuring noted British and local thespians and a lecture featuring Robert Faires reprising an excerpted version of his notable one-man take on Henry V.
Photos and design by Mark Doroba