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History Trust of South Australia, Torrens Parade Ground, Victoria Drive, Adelaide, SA 5000

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Vic Korobacz and Dr Adrian Rudzinski present June's Talking History lecture:

Henry Krips: ‘Enemy alien’ to ‘endeared’ Australian citizen: The early career of a Viennese émigré musician

Henry Krips, conductor, composer, educator, was the inaugural resident conductor of the permanent South Australian Symphony Orchestra established in 1949. A major public figure for four decades, Krips’ story belongs to mid-twentieth century themes of Australian history including, refugee migration in consequence of racist policies of fascist regimes; resettlement; and the unique contribution Krips made to the development of ‘high’ culture and fine music during Australia’s post-war reconstruction period. This lecture covers two themes: (1) Krips’ career in wartime Australia, which he referred to as “the most frustrating time of his life” and (2) his stamp on the South Australian music scene in the early 1950s when he introduced Mahler’s works to South Australian concert audiences.


This free public lecture is part of the History Trust's Talking History series.

Doors open at 5pm. Lecture will commence at 5.30pm.

Parking available on Torrens Parade Ground, off Victoria Drive. Light refreshments provided before the lecture.




Vic Korobacz, historian, is Tertiary Education Consultant (Qualifications, Quality Assurance, Regulation) and part-time academic in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work at Flinders University.

Dr Adrian Rudzinski, historian, is Senior Lecturer in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work at Flinders University.

Vic and Adrian share a research interest in migration histories.

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