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Lecture with Music: “Ukrainian Musicians – Victims of Stalinism” I  June 27, 2022

On June 27, 2022 at 5 p.m., the Ukrainian musicologist Prof. Luba Kyyanovska will talk about outstanding Ukrainian musicians and composers who were active in the second half of the 20th century and persecuted by the Stalinist regime.

The lecture will be musically accompanied by singer Zoryana Kushpler and pianist Iryna Nikolayeva.

An event in cooperation with the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs.

The lecture will be given in German.

Monday, June 27, 2022
5 p.m.
mdw –University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
Lothringerstrasse 18
Franz Liszt Hall (3rd floor)
1030 Vienna/Austria

Admission free!

Wearing an FFP2 mask during the event is recommended.

CD Presentation Hans Winterberg, Piano Music  June 9, 2022

The Exilarte Center at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna in Cooperation with Toccata Classics.

The Theresienstadt composer Hans Winterberg (1901 – 1991) has only been known to the musical world for a few years. The Exilarte Center is largely responsible for the rediscovery of the composer and will publish a large number of compositions in cooperation with the publishing house Boosey & Hawkes over the next few years.

On her second CD with works by Hans Winterberg, the pianist Brigitte Helbig recorded the Toccata, the First Piano Sonata (1936), the Impressionistische Klavier-Suite, the Suite (1956) and Erinnerungen an Böhmen for Toccata Classics. This new CD will be presented on June 9, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. in the Franz Liszt Hall of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Prof. Dr. Gerold Gruber, chairman of the Exilarte Center, will guide the audience through this exciting evening, where Brigitte Helbig will interpret some of the works she has recorded. Furthermore, Peter Kreitmeir, grandson of Hans Winterberg, will speak about his numerous efforts supporting the work of his grandfather.

CD Presentation: Piano Music by Hans Winterberg (Volume Two), Toccata Classics

Thursday, June 9, 2022
7:30 p.m.
mdw –University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
Lothringerstrasse 18
Franz Liszt-Saal (3rd floor)
1030 Vienna/Austria

Admission free!

Wearing an FFP2 mask during the event is recommended.

Songs from Testimonies: Concert & Workshop I May 23, 2022 

A Project in Cooperation with the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies (Yale University) / Wiener Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies, the Institute for Folk Music Research and Ethnomusicology of the mdw & the Exilarte Center

© Arnold Gold

Concert:

On May 23, 2022, at 7 p.m. Zisl Slepovitch and his ensemble will present a concert of songs originally sung in villages and towns, in the ghettos and concentration camps across Central and Eastern Europe. The concert will take place at the Franz Liszt-Hall of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

Performers:

Sasha Lurje, vocals
D. Zisl Slepovitch, clarinet, saxophone, vocals
Joshua Camp, accordion, piano, vocals
Dmitry Ishenko, double bass
Craig Judelman, violin, vocals

Monday, May 23, 2022
7 p.m.
mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
Lothringerstrasse 18
Franz Liszt Hall
1030 Vienna

Workshop: “Voices of Survivors”

Zisl Slepovitch will also present a hands-on workshop sharing the background of his research and musical production work at the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale University. In the course of the workshop, Slepovitch will provide an insight into the Archive`s history and collection, methods of ethnomusicological research into testimonies with no personal access to the interviewees (working with tapes); musical restoration cases and methods.

Monday, May 23, 2022
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
Lothringerstrasse 18
Franz Liszt Hall
1030 Vienna

In cooperation with the Department of Folk Music Research and
Ethnomusicology at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna

About the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies/Yale University

In 2018, the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, along with musician-in-residence D. Zisl Slepovitch and former Hartman fellow Sarah Garibova, began production of an album of songs recalled in some of the more than 4,400 testimonies from survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust in the Archive, held at Yale University.

The 12,000+ hours of recorded material – in over a dozen languages – represent thousands of people whose life stories provide insights into the Holocaust survivors’ experiences both before, during and after World War II. Songs and poems featured in a number of these testimonies, originally sung in villages and towns, in the ghettos and concentration camps across Central and Eastern Europe, convey the history of that period, in a very personal way.

The Exilarte Center represents the mdw at the Long Night of Research I May 20, 2022

Expelled, persecuted and banned by the Nazi regime – what musical estates are telling us…

On May 20, 2022, the Exilarte Center will represent the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with several events about the estate of Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura during the Long Night of Research.

The son of Jan Kiepura and Marta Eggerth, Marjan Kiepura, himself a pianist and artistic partner of his famous mother, will report on the fate and brilliant careers of his parents in an interview with Prof. Dr. Gerold Gruber (chairman of the Exilarte Center).

Historical film recordings and audio documents from Eggerth/Kiepura can also be viewed and listened to during the event.

In addition, there will be regular guided tours through the exhibition of the Exilarte Center “My Song For You – Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura Between Two Worlds”.

The exhibition shows the stage and film careers as well as the musical heritage of these two famous singers. After the so-called Austrian “Anschluss” in 1938, they were forced to turn their backs on Vienna, which the Hungarian soprano and the Polish tenor had initially chosen as their new home. Through scientific research on this important estate, it has also been possible to draw attention to numerous other fates of friends and colleagues of Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura who were persecuted or murdered by the Nazi regime.

Long Night of Research, May 20, 2022, 5 – 11 p.m.

From 5:30 p.m., Exilarte Center (1st floor)
Short tours through the exhibition “My Song For You – Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura Between Two Worlds” including trivia on the content of the exhibition

7 p.m., Franz Liszt Hall (3rd floor)
Opening: video greeting from Ulrike Sych, rector of the mdw
Marjan Kiepura and his wife Jane Knox-Kiepura will report on the interesting life stories of Marta Eggerth end Jan Kiepura. In addition, historical film recordings and audio documents will be shown.

8 p.m., Franz Liszt Hall (3rd floor)
Q&A with Marjan Kiepura and Jane Knox-Kiepura

From 8:30 p.m., Exilarte Center (1st floor)
further short guided tours & trivia 

Free entry!

Recording of the event: https://mediathek.mdw.ac.at/lnf22

Exilarte Center at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
Lothringerstrasse 18 (1st floor)
1030 Vienna, Austria

The Exilarte Center represents Austria at the Classical:NEXT in Hannover I May 17-20, 2022

The Exilarte Center was selected by the WKO to represent Austria at the largest global networking and exchange hub for classical music.

On May 17, 2022, Mag. Ulrike Sych, Rector of the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, will open the presentation of the Exilarte Center in Hannover. Prof. Dr. Gerold Gruber, founder and chair of the center, will present together with vice-chair, Dr. Ulrike Anton, the numerous activities of the Exilarte Center.

The Classical:NEXT is the world’s most important industry meeting and event for global networking of the classical music scene.

Presentation of the Exilarte Center at the Classical:NEXT in Hannover

Tuesday, May 17, 2022, 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m
Hannover Congress Center
Theodor-Heuss-Platz 1-3
Video Conference Lounge
30175 Hannover

For further information please click here.

Exilarte Concerts in New York and Washington D.C. I April 27 – May 3, 2022

The Exilarte Center presents compositions from their musical estates in three concerts in the US

In cooperation with the Center for Jewish History in New York, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York and the Austrian Cultural Forum Washington, concerts by the Exilarte Center will take place from April 27 to May 3, 2022, in which works by Julius Bürger, Hans Gál and Robert Fürstenthal will be performed. The musical estates of these composers are located in the archive of the Exilarte Center.

Works by Erwin Schulhoff and Alexandre Tansman will also be heard.

Concert at the Center for Jewish History

Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 7:30 p.m. (EDT)
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011

The link for the YouTube video of this concert will be published soon…

Works by: Hans Gál, Erwin Schulhoff, Alexandre Tansman, Julius Bürger and Robert Fürstenthal

Performers:

Ulrike Anton, flute
Selini Quartet
Nadia Kalmykova, violin
Ljuba Kalmykova, violin
Marta Potulska, viola
​Loukia Loulaki, cello

Matthew Maroon, oboe
Taig Egan, clarinet
Sandford Schwartz, bassoon
Hyunseon Kang, soprano
Mariia Kolosova, piano

Concert at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York

Thursday, April 28, 2022, 7 p.m. (EDT)
Austrian Cultural Forum New York
11 East 52nd Street
New York, NY 10022

Works by: Julius Bürger

Performers:

Selini Quartet
Nadia Kalmykova, violin
Ljuba Kalmykova, violin
Marta Potulska, viola
Loukia Loulaki, cello

Concert at the Austrian Cultural Forum Washington

Tuesday, May 3, 2022, 7 p.m. (EDT)
Austrian Cultural Forum Washington / Embassy of Austria
3524 International Court, NW
Washington, DC 20008

Works by: Julius Bürger, Erwin Schulhoff und Béla Bartók

Performers:

Selini Quartet
Nadia Kalmykova, violin
Ljuba Kalmykova, violin
Marta Potulska, viola
Loukia Loulaki, cello

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

Exilarte invited to the Verfemte Musik Festival in Schwerin, Germany | October 7 – 10, 2021

IntInternationale Masterclasses, Symposium and Concert

From October 7 – 10,  2021 the Exilarte Cetner is again invited to the Verfemte Musik Festival in Schwerin/Germany

Flutist and musicologist Dr. Ulrike Anton will hold masterclasses for flute and wind chamber music from October 7 – 10, 2021.  Registration is open until September 19, 2021.

Online-Registration Masterclass

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Gerold Gruber will give a paper at the 5th Schwerin Music Symposium on October 8, 2021 at 11:00 am. This event is part of the festival “1700 years of Jewish life in Germany”  

Topic of the lecture: “The novel Die Stadt ohne Juden by Hugo Bettauer and Olga Neuwirth’s musical setting composed in 2018″

The symposium will be broadcast via livestream -> Online-Registration for the Symposium and live stream

The concert “Korngolds Violinkonzert im Gespräch” on October 7, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. will also be live-streamed. 

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.