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]
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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On Wednesday, May 5, 2021, the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) will broadcast the special session of the two presidential conferences of the National Council and the Federal Council on the occasion of the Day of Remembrance Against Violence and Racism in memory of the victims of National Socialism as of 10:30 a.m. on ORF 2.
The Exilarte Center was asked to musically organize this event. Isabella Schwarz, Floris Willem and Nicolás Bernal-Montaña will interpret the Trio for Oboe, Violin and Viola, op. 94 by Hans Gál.
Due to his Jewish origins, the Austrian composer Hans Gál (1890-1987) was forced to flee to Great Britain in 1938. The Trio, op. 94 was composed in Edinburgh in 1941. Hans Gál’s estate is located in the archive of the Exilarte Center at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
Live-stream concert of the US Embassy in Vienna in cooperation with the Exilarte Center
Saturday, March 13, 2021, 8 p.m. – now permanently available on YouTube
The American Embassy in Vienna, in cooperation with the Exilarte Center at the mdw and the Alte Schmiede in Vienna, invites you to a live-stream concert featuring women composers from the USA and Austria. The program features compositions by Jewish composers Ruth Schönthal and Vally Weigl, who were expelled by the Nazi regime and found a new home in the United States. Also works by the reputed American composer Nancy Van de Vate, who has been living in Vienna since many years, the Austrian composer Gabriele Proy, winner of the Music Award of the City of Vienna, and American composer Katherine Hoover, who was a professor at Manhattan School of Music for more than 15 years are part of this varied program
Ulrike Anton | Flute Miyuki Schüssler | Piano Armin Egger | Guitar
Live-stream concert from the Alte Schmiede, Saturday, March 13, 2021 – now permanently available on YouTube
Ruth Schönthal (1924 – 2006): A Bird’s Song About… for Flute and Piano
Nancy Van de Vate (b. 1930): Lento for Piano
Gabriele Proy (b. 1965): Azurit for Solo Guitar
Vally Weigl (1894 – 1982): Bird of Life for Solo Flute
Katherine Hoover (1937 – 2018): Caprice for Flute and Guitar
Nancy Van de Vate (b. 1930): from Four Fantasy Pieces for Flute and Piano I. Slowly, with a timeless quality II. Presto
Invited by the Alte Schmiede, one of the top addresses for contemporary music in Austria with a long tradition, the Exilarte Center at the mdw is presenting a live-stream concert that establishes a connection between composers who were forced into exile by the Nazi-regime and works which were created in the 21st century and deal with the issue of displacement and flight. Repression and censorship in the former USSR will also be addressed in this concert through a composition by Elena Firsova. Works by NS-expelled composers Ursula Mamlok, Ruth Schönthal, Alexandre Tansmann and Walter Bricht, who all found a second home in the USA, are juxtaposed with newly created compositions by Gabriele Proy (world premiere) and Helmut Jasbar.
Ulrike Anton | Flute Armin Egger | Guitar Christine Roider | Cello Miyuki Schüssler | Piano Moderation: Gerold Gruber
Friday, March 5, 2021, 8 P.M. (CET)
Livestream: Alte Schmiede in Vienna
Ruth Schönthal: A Bird‘s Song About… for Flute and Piano
Helmut Jasbar: Fluchtstücke – Fugitive Pieces for Flute, Cello and Piano
Dr. Ulrike Anton virtually guides you through the new exhibition of the exil.arte Center “My Song For You – Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura Between Two Worlds” and presents the most important highlights within 8 minutes.
“My Song For You”: Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura – Between Two Worlds
Exhibition of the exil.arte Center of the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
WE ARE OPEN AGAIN STARTING MAY 19th 2021
Simultaneous event and Livestream from the Liszt Hall of the mdw in Vienna and the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York now available on Youtube
On the occasion of the transfer of the estate of Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura to the exil.arte Center of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (mdw), an exhibition has been prepared to present the life of the opera dream couple and their friends and colleagues.
Special Guests: Ulrike Sych (President of the mdw) and Wolfgang Sobotka (President of the Austrian Parliament) World-famous tenor Ramón Vargas and Pianist István Bonyhádi
The opening will also be available on mdw Mediathek from November 9th, 2020.