Author: Stephanie Jacobson

Symposium: Exile, Modernism, and Hollywood at the Exilarte Center | June 11 & 12, 2022

The Exilarte Center of the mdw will host and organize a symposium on the subject of Exile, Modernism and Hollywood on June 11 & 12, 2022 at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna/Austria.


SYMPOSIUM EXILE, MODERNISM, and HOLLYWOOD

This symposium seeks to find the seeds to musical Modernism in the cinema of the 1930s and 1940s and evaluate its ultimate influence in film and absolute music. Hollywood became home for a vast diaspora of composers with the advent of sound cinema in the late 1920s. With the rise of Nazism and Bolshevism in Europe, the diaspora widened considerably, primarily by Austro-German exiles. Composers Hanns Eisler and Karol Rathaus had already rejected the late-Romanticism of Max Steiner and Erich Wolfgang Korngold, while other composers such as Ernst Toch, Hans Salter and Franz Waxman (Wachsmann) had taken the Romanticism template and modified it towards contemporary sound design.  

A common experience that greatly shaped the careers of these composers was exile, which scholars have long recognized as a dialectic. It can lead to shattering experiences regarding identity, yet it can also open up new opportunities for expression and communication. In exploring connections between exile composers, Modernism, and Hollywood from the 1930s through the 1940s, this symposium examines what is surely one of the greatest cultural transfers in modern history, when European-trained composers who engaged with modernist ideas often struggled between the desire to achieve success in Hollywood while still being true to their art. Modernism in this symposium consists of a plurality of styles that Hollywood attracted, including but not limited to dodecaphony and atonality. 

With the goal of examining the influence of Hollywood more broadly, we also welcome proposals about exile composers who benefited from the Hollywood film industry in other ways but did not necessarily write for film. This group would include such figures as Arnold Schoenberg, Igor Stravinsky, and Ernst Krenek, such as through commissions of works, teaching men and women in Hollywood, and developing social networks with members of the entertainment industry.

Date of symposium: June 11 & 12, 2022

For the program, please click here.

Language: English

Location: Franz Liszt Hall of the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Lothringerstraße 18, 1030 Vienna

Organized by: Exilarte Center of the mdw

Organizing committee: Gerold Gruber, Michael Haas, Kenneth Marcus, Christian Glanz, Julia Heimerdinger

The composer Jan Urban – an homage, a project by pianist Biljana Urban in cooperation with the Exilarte Center I March 8 & 9, 2022 (2G)


The Composer Jan Urban – an Homage

The composer Jan Urban, born in Prague in 1875, spent most of his life among the South Slav regions, initially in the Kingdom of Serbia, after 1918 in the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, and from 1929 until its occupation by the Nazis in 1941 in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. The declaration of the fascist-run Independent State of Croatia found Urban fleeing the country and returning to Serbia. His best friend, the Jewish conductor Lav Mirsky, together with whom he paved the way for modern Opera and symphonic musical life in Osijek, was deported. Among Jan Urban’s compositions celebrating the Resistance to the Nazis we find Sutjeska and Death of the Hero (Elegy).

Biljana Urban, well-known pianist and granddaughter of Jan Urban, has been advocating for the rediscovery of her grandfather’s works for many years. Her latest project in cooperation with the Exilarte Center at the mdw, which she will present at the Franz Liszt Hall of the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna on March 8 & 9, 2022, involves young students from Austria, Serbia, Croatia , Spain and the Netherlands. During the process of preparing for a piano competition the young musicians have thoroughly studied Jan Urban’s oeuvre which they will present in a concert on March 9, 2022. The students will receive additional intensive preparation taking master classes with Biljana Urban.

Biljana Urban will perform works by Jan Urban and Hans Gál in a concert together with singer Annette Fischer and flutist Ulrike Anton on March 8, 2022.

The estate of Jan Urban is located in the archive of the Exilarte Center at the mdw.

Concert with works by Jan Urban and Hans Gál

Biljana Urban, piano
Annette Fischer, soprano
Ulrike Anton, flute

Tuesday, March 8, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

2G ( vaccinated or recovered) applies!


University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
Lothringerstrasse 18
Franz Liszt Hall (3rd floor)
1030 Vienna/ Austria

Free admission

Student Performance

With students from Austria, Serbia, Croatia, Spain and the Netherlands

Wednesday, March 9, 2022, 7 p.m.

2G ( vaccinated or recovered) applies!


University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
Lothringerstrasse 18
Franz Liszt Hall (3rd floor)
1030 Vienna/Austria

Free admission

Elisabeth Leonskaja, Dimitri Smirnov and Elena Firsova – students of Philip Herschkowitz, Exilarte Concert at the ORF Radiokulturhaus, CONCERT POSTPONED

© Marco Borggreve

Elisabeth Leonskaja, Dimitri Smirnov and Elena Firsova – students of Philip Herschkowitz, Exilarte Concert at the ORF Radiokulturhaus, CONCERT POSTPONED

As a former student of Alban Berg and Anton Webern, the composer Philip Herschkowitz was one of the most sought-after private teachers of young musicians in the Soviet Union from after the war until the 1980s. Due to his Jewish origins, Herschkowitz, who was born in Romania, was expelled from Vienna by the Nazi regime in 1938. But also in Moscow, he continued to suffer from officially sanctioned anti-Semitism. His works were denounced as “formalistic”. The focus of this concert are compositions by Dimitri Smirnov and Elena Firsova, who both belonged to Herschkowitz’s circle of private students and whose works, from 1979, were also put onto the regime’s “black list”. The exceptional pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja, and former Herschkowitz pupil, has once again been won as interpreter of this program. She will be performing this evening together with singer Alexandra von der Werth, flutist Ulrike Anton, harpist Anna Verkholantseva, violist Marta Potulska and pianist/ composer Alissa Firsova.

In an interview with Irene Suchy, the pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja and the composer Elena Firsova will talk about their apprenticeship years with Philip Herschkowitz and the compositions on the evening’s program. The concert takes place in memory of the composer and Herschkowitz student, Dimitri Smirnov, who died of Covid-19 in 2020.

Philip Herschkowitz (©Viktor Suslin)

Works by: Elena Firsova, Dimitri Smirnov und Philip Herschkowitz

Performers:

Elisabeth Leonskaja (Klavier)
Alexandra von der Werth (Sopran)
Ulrike Anton (Flöte)
Anna Verkholantseva (Harfe)
Marta Potulska (Violine)
Alissa Firsova (Klavier)

Moderation:

Dr. Irene Suchy


When: CONCERT POSTPONED

Where: ORF Radiokulturhaus, Großer Sendesaal
Argentinierstraße 30A
1040 Vienna
Austria

ORF Long Night of Museums | October 2, 2021


On Saturday, October 2nd, 2021, this year’s “ORF Long Night of Museums” will take place in Austria. The Exilarte Center of the mdw is pleased to again be part of the event this year. In addition to our special programs, there will be also guided tours through the current exhibition “My song for you – Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura between two worlds” as well as through our permanent exhibitions.


SPECIAL EVENTS as part of the ORF Long Night of Museums

1) Hidden Treasure (Start: 6pm)

Opening by Rector Mag.a. Ulrike Sych

CD presentation: “Hidden Treasure – Unpublished Lieder by Hans Gál”

Bass-Baritone Christian Immler and pianist Helmut Deutsch will perform unknown songs by Hans Gál (1890-1987) located in the archive of the Exilarte Center of the mdw.
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Gerold Gruber, chairman of the Exilarte Center, will interview Eva Fox-Gál, daughter of the composer, speaking about his life and works.

2) Treasures from the Exilarte Center (Start: 8pm)

Hans Gál – Trio for oboe, violin and viola, op.94 (1941)

Oboist Isabella Schwarz, violinist Floris Willem and violist Liliya Nigamedzyanova will perform Gál’s op.94.
Dr. Ulrike Anton, research associate of the Exilarte Center, discusses with the daughter of the composer, Eva Fox-Gál, aspects of his chamber music works.

3) Screening “Magic of Bohème” (1937) (Start: 10pm)

In addition to the exhibition: screening of the famous film by the two superstars Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura, in which operatic sujet and reality merge.

4) Quick tours through the exhibition (7-10pm)

My song for you – Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura between two worlds Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura have enchanted and seduced people on both sides of the Atlantic. Their unique timbre is still moving us today. Nonetheless, after the annexation of Austria to Nazi Germany in 1938, they were forced to turn their backs on Austria.

TICKETS

Tickets can be bought directly at the Exilarte Center!

Regular: € 15.00 (including VAT)
Reduced: € 12.00 (including VAT)
* Free entry for children up to 12 years of age
* reduced tickets for schoolchildren, students, senior citizens, people with disabilities, military service and Ö1 Club members. Please have the relevant proof ready on site.

Exilarte Concert at the International Summer Academy of the mdw held in the Rax and Semmering region, Austria | August 16, 2021

This year’s first concert of the International Summer Academy of the mdw is dedicated to composers who were expelled by the Nazi regime. Under the title “Exilarte – bringing back persecuted and exiled Music”, works by Erich Zeisl, Wilhelm Grosz, Hans Gál, Ruth Schönthal, Fritz Kreisler and Julius Bürger will be performed on Monday, August 16 at 8 p.m. at the Literatursalon Schloss Wartholz.

Johannes Fleischmann (violin), Josipa Bainac (soprano), Ulrike Anton (flute), David Hausknecht (piano), Sabina Hasanova (piano) and the Selini Quartet are the performers of this lost and forgotten repertoire.

Arabella Fenyves (Radio Klassik Stephansdom) and Gerold Gruber (Chairman of the Exilarte Center at the mdw) will moderate the evening.

Monday, August 16, 2021, 8 PM (CET)
Literatursalon Schloss Wartholz
Hauptstraße 113
A-2651 Reichenau an der Rax
Austria

For ticket sales and further information, please click here.

This concert will be livestreamed on YouTube:

Exile Music Workshop with Prof. Dr. Gerold Gruber und Dr. Ulrike Anton I August 19 & 20, 2021

The Exilarte Center is invited to the International Summer Academy of the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, held in the Rax and Semmering region, Austria

In this two-part workshop, Gerold Gruber and Ulrike Anton introduce the participants of the International Summer Academy to the subject of exile music and will work with individual soloists and ensembles on this particular repertoire.

August 19 & 20, 2021
Literatursalon Schloss Wartholz
Hauptstraße 113
A-2651 Reichenau an der Rax, Austria

For further information about the workshop please click here.

World famous baritone Thomas Hampson sings Wilhelm Grosz’s Africa Songs at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, livestream concert to be heard online from June 2, 2021 to June 2, 2022

Musikfest 2021: A Celebration of Black Music

In the opening concert of Musikfest 2021: A Celebration of Black Music, baritone Thomas Hampson performed together with soprano Louise Toppin three songs from the song cycle Africa Songs, op. 29 by Wilhelm Grosz. The two artists were accompanied on the piano by Howard Watkins.

Wilhelm Grosz (1894 – 1939), born in Vienna, was forced into exile in 1934 due to his Jewish origin. In the song cycle Africa Songs, which was composed in 1930, he set several poems by African-American poet Langston Hughes (1901-1967) to music. The estate of Wilhelm Grosz is located in the archive of the Exilarte Center.

Wilhelm Grosz, Africa Songs, op. 29 [15:05 – 22:18]

Wilhelm Grosz, from: Africa Songs, op. 29 [15:05 – 22:18]

Das neue Kabarettmädel [15:05]
Schnaps-Mary [17:07]
Nachtlied in Harlem [19:21]

For the complete program of this concert, please click here.

Exilarte Center invited to the International Summer Academy of the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, held in the Rax and Semmering region, Austria | August 16th, 2021

Concert – Workshop – Exilarte Award

This year’s first concert of the International Summer Academy of the mdw is dedicated to composers who were expelled by the Nazi regime. Under the title “Exilarte – bringing back persecuted and exiled Music”, works by Erich Zeisl, Wilhelm Grosz, Hans Gál, Ruth Schönthal, Fritz Kreisler and Julius Bürger will be performed on Monday, August 16 at 8 p.m. at the Literatursalon Schloss Wartholz.

Johannes Fleischmann (violin), Josipa Bainac (soprano), Ulrike Anton (flute), David Hausknecht (piano), Sabina Hasanova (piano) and the Selini Quartet are the performers of this lost and forgotten repertoire.

Arabella Fenyves (Radio Klassik Stephansdom) and Gerold Gruber (Chairman of the Exilarte Center at the mdw) will moderate the evening.

Monday, August 16, 2021, 8 PM (CET)
Literatursalon Schloss Wartholz
Hauptstraße 113
A-2651 Reichenau an der Rax
Austria

For ticket sales and further information, please click here.

This concert will be livestreamed on YouTube:

Exile Music Workshop with Prof. Dr. Gerold Gruber und Dr. Ulrike Anton

In this two-part workshop, Gerold Gruber and Ulrike Anton introduce the participants of the International Summer Academy to the subject of exile music and will work with individual soloists and ensembles on this particular repertoire.

August 19 & 20, 2021
Literatursalon Schloss Wartholz
Hauptstraße 113
A-2651 Reichenau an der Rax, Austria

For further information about the workshop please click here.

Exilarte Award at the ISA International Music Competition, August 25, 2021

For the first time the Exilarte Center will present the Exilarte Award, offering a sum of € 1000 at the International ISA Music Competition. The prize is awarded for an outstanding interpretation of a work by a composer who was forced into exile, suppressed or murdered by the Nazi regime. The Exilarte Award will be presented by Prof. Dr. Gerold Gruber at Schloss Reichenau during the prize winners’ concert on August 28, 2021.

For further information about the Exilarte Award please click here.

Exilarte significantly contributes to the Intellectual Capital Report 2020 of the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria

The Intellectual Capital Report of the mdw is a summary of intangible assets and performance processes at the university.

The Exilarte Center was able to make a significant contribution with the following concerts and scientific projects:

Concert Highlight 2020 | January 23, 2020
Exilarte concert series „Echo of the Unheard“ , ORF Radiokulturhaus Vienna, Austria
World famous pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja, soprano Sara Hershkowitz and flutist Ulrike Anton performed works by Philip Herschkowitz, Alban Berg, Edison Denisov and Elena Firsova.

Commemorative event organized by the Austrian Parliament in cooperation with Exilarte | January 27, 2020
75 years after the liberation of the KZ Auschwitz-Birkenau
Students and young graduates of the mdw performed works by Viktor Ullmann, Hans Krása, Gideon Klein and Pavel Haas
Lecture by Prof. Dr. Gerold Gruber on composers murdered in Auschwitz

New Exhibition of the Exilarte Center | since October 20, 2020
My Song For You – Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura Between Two Worlds
Exhibition opening in cooperation with the Austrian Cultural Forum New York

Projects in preparation

Exilarte Music Editions
Cooperation with Boosey & Hawkes

Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Edition of his correspondence, a project in agreement with the Erich Wolfgang Korngold Collected Edition of His Works of the Academies of Sciences and Literature, Mainz and Berlin-Brandenburg, Germany

New estates at the archive of the Exilarte Center
Erich Sanders, Walter Würzburger, Georg Tintner, Robert Freistadtl

Marta Eggerth & Jan Kiepura exhibition will open again on Wednesday, May 19, 2021!

As of Wednesday, May 19, 2021, you can visit the new exhibition “My Song For You – Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura Between Two Worlds”  during our regular opening hours without pre-registration.

Free admission!

For guided tours in English, please contact us:
info@exilarte.org
Tel.: +43 1 711 55 – 3510

Covid-19 Security Concept
FFP2-mask requirement for the entire building
Inside the exhibition room: max. 6 people
Social distancing of 2m must be respected
Covid-19 test NOT required
Hand sanitizer dispensers available
Audio Terminals:
Listen through our QR codes on your smartphone; alternatively: disposable protection for our headphones is available