Save the dates for “Zweig at Fredonia 2016” this October 3-5!

Continuing the recent surge of interest in the Austrian Jewish author Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) since Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, including the premiere of an Austrian biopic selected as that country’s Oscar foreign-language submission (Vor der Morgenröte/Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe), and a host of new critical studies worldwide, Zweig returns to Fredonia this Fall!

Dates and times are now set for the upcoming celebration “Zweig at Fredonia 2016”. Exploring Zweig’s lifelong fascination with music, particularly his collaborative relationship with Richard Strauss (1864-1949) as librettist for Strauss’s opera Die schweigsame Frau, events will include a panel discussion, an exhibit featuring manuscript correspondence between the respective literary and musical giants, a musical performance, and the 4th Biennial Stefan Zweig Lecture.

Please see details below and join us in October!

Zweig at Fredonia 2016
Dates: 3-5 October 2016
Location:  The campus of The State University of New York at Fredonia, Fredonia, NY
Contacts: Birger Vanwesenbeeck (, Kim Taylor (

3 October 2016
Daniel A. Reed Library Garden Area

3:30 pm, Zweig and Strauss: A Continuing Conversation
Faculty panel led by musicologist Dr. Matthew Werley (Oxford) with Fredonia School of Music Faculty Dr. Bernd Gottinger and Dr. Anne Kissel, among others. Dr. Werley is currently a Gerda Henkel Stiftung Research Fellow at the renowned Richard Strauss Institute in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany and is also co-editing (with Dr. Jeffrey B. Berlin) a forthcoming critical edition of newly translated correspondence between Strauss and Zweig.

5:00 pm, Zweig and Strauss: Artistic Collaboration in a Time of War
Opening of manuscript exhibit featuring correspondence between Strauss and Zweig from Fredonia’s prized Stefan Zweig Collection. The exhibit is co-curated by Dr. Birger Vanwesenbeeck, Associate Professor of English, and Kim Taylor, Coordinator of Archives & Special Collections, with assistance from current English undergraduate and graduate students at Fredonia. Exhibit runs 3-27 October 2016.

4 October 2016
Rosch Recital Hall

8:00 pm, Selected Songs and Arias of Richard Strauss
Fredonia School of Music faculty Dr. Anne Kissel and Dr. Angela Haas will be joined by School of Music students in a performance of songs and arias of Richard Strauss, including selections from Die schweigsame Frau (libretto by Stefan Zweig), composed during Strauss’s tenure as head of the Reichsmusikkammer (Reich Music Chamber) under the Nazi regime, and excerpts from the Strauss-Zweig correspondence.

5 October 2016
Rosch Recital Hall

6:00 pm, 4th Biennial Stefan Zweig Lecture
Keynote lecture by award-winning author George Prochnik. Prochnik is well known for his biographical treatment of Stefan Zweig, The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World (2014), from which filmmaker Wes Anderson loosely drew inspiration for his film The Grand Budapest Hotel. In 2014 NPR’s Robert Siegel interviewed Prochnik, discussing both Anderson’s film and the author’s then forthcoming book (listen here). Prochnik’s other works include In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise (2010) and Putnam Camp: Sigmund Freud, James Jackson Putnam and the Purpose of American Psychology (2006).

All events are free and open to the public.

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Zweig at Fredonia 2016 is sponsored with the generous support of Reed Library, the Carnahan-Jackson Endowment Fund, The English Department’s Mary Louise White Fund, and the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


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