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“Serenade of the Strings: Masterpieces by Fürstenhaal and Poulenc” | Concert Series”Echo of the Unheard” | November 7, 2024

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Serenade of the Strings: Masterpieces by Fürstenthal and Poulenc” | Concert series “Echo of the Unheard” | November 7, 2024 

An evening dedicated to the sonatas for cello and piano by Robert Fürstenthal and Francis Poulenc – two masters of the 20th century who have had a lasting impact on the musical landscape. Poulenc’s Cello Sonata from 1948 impresses with its dynamic contrasts and profound lyricism, combining classical elegance with contemporary sensitivity. At the same time, Fürstenthal’s sonatas, written during his exile, bear witness to a deep nostalgia and emotion. They mark his return to musical creation after a long period of silence and convey feelings of hope and pain with great intensity.

Thursday, November 7th, 2024, 7 p.m.
Palais Ehrbar – small Ehrbar Saal
Mühlgasse 28
1040 Vienna

Admission free! / 


Aleksander Simić, cello

Simone Sgarbanti, piano


Robert Fürstenthal: Sonata op. 44 in C sharp minor

Robert Fürstenthal: Sonata op. 58 in f minor

Francis Poulenc: Sonata FP 143


Gerold Gruber (founder of and head of the Exilarte Center)

The catalog for the exhibition “Triangle of the Viennese tradition – Zemlinsky – Schönberg – Hoffmann”

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The catalog for the current Exilarte exhibition “Triangle of the Viennese Tradition: Zemlinsky – Schönberg – Hoffmann” has been published by Verlag Böhlau!

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Three extraordinary musicians who were connected to each other as composers, educators and friends in the early 20th century share a similar fate: they are of Jewish origin and therefore ostracized and exiled. Starting with the artist circle of the Second Viennese School during the Art Nouveau period, the political situation came to a head, leading to a wave of refugees from National Socialist Europe of thousands of Jewish and dissident people and thus to a great loss of cultural heritage. Arnold Schönberg describes the American exile as a paradise into which he was thrust; he composed, taught and maintained social contacts with other emigrated cultural workers. His student and assistant Richard Hoffmann passes on his teachings to the next generations, but not all emigrants, uprooted, can come to terms with the new circumstances. Alexander Zemlinsky, for example, atrophies artistically, mentally and physically in exile.

Eike Fess
Gerold Gruber
Benjamin Michael Haas
Katya Kaiser
Horst Weber


Prof. Dr. Gerold Gruber (Head of the Exilarte Center)



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Concert Series “Echo of the Unheard” | October 15, 2024 | Song recital

The renowned mezzo-soprano Michaela Selinger is one of the most sought-after singers in her field internationally, with successful appearances on opera and concert stages. She was awarded the Eberhard Wachter Prize and is the winner of the Vienna Belvedere Competition. From 2005 to 2010 she was a member of the Vienna State Opera. She interprets songs from the post-Romantic period by composers such as Mittler, Weigl, Eisler and Wellesz with particular devotion, accompanied by pianist Claus-Christian Schuster, founder of the internationally recognized Vienna Schubert Trio and the Altenberg Trio Vienna. Claus Christian Schuster was honored with the Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art and the Robert Schumann Prize in 1999.

Tuesday, October 15, 2024, 7 p.m.

Palais Ehrbar – small Ehrbar Saal
Mühlgasse 28
1040 Vienna

Admission free! / 


Michaela Selinger, mezzo-soprano
Claus Christian Schuster, piano 


Franz Mittler: Four Songs op. 6 
Vally Weigl: Songs based on texts by Edith Segal 
Hans Eisler: Hölderlin fragments 
Egon Wellesz: Three Songs op. 7 and Three Songs op. 15 
among others


Gerold Gruber (founder of and head of the Exilarte Center)

SPECIAL EVENTS as part of the ORF Long Night of Museums | October 5, 2024

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On Saturday, October 5, 2024, the “ORF Long Night of Museums” will be held throughout Austria. 

The mdw Exilarte Center is taking part again. This year the center is once again offering a variety of events, including lectures, concerts and guided tours of the exhibition “Triangle of Viennese Tradition | Zemlinsky – Schönberg – Hoffmann” and through our permanent exhibitions. 

SPECIAL EVENTS as part of the ORF Long Night of Museums

1)Piano duo Haufe – Ahmels”, piano duo Friederike Haufe and Volker Ahmels (start: 6:15 p.m.)

Opening: Gerold Gruber, director of the Exilarte Center  

Since their time as students, the piano duo Friederike Haufe and Volker Ahmels have focused on the interpretation and research of classical modernism, especially ostracized music. The present program is a selection of “classics” from the 2nd Viennese School, supplemented by the celebrated “Serbian Songs” of the time by the composer Hans Gál, who, like Arnold Schönberg, had to do military service in the First World War. While Schönberg’s miniatures represent a turning point in the free-tonal phase for the condensation of the material, the Variations op. 27 by Anton Webern can be seen as a continuation of the consistent use of dodecaphony. The fragments for piano 4 hands are hardly known to the public and yet definitely deserve attention. Alban Berg’s highly demanding piano sonata is still a masterpiece by Arnold Schönberg’s student at the time. Friederike Haufe and Volker Ahmels are co-hosting this program designed for the occasion and want to give the audience access to the Viennese masters of the first half of the century.

2)  “In the ice of the moon we wander”, a song recital with Pia Buchert and Tatjana Dravenau (start: 8:00 p.m.)

The program combines compositions by Walter Arlen and Hans Gál, whose papers were entrusted to the Exilarte archive, with works by other Jewish composers. Ruth Schonthal, who comes from a Viennese family and initially grew up in Hamburg and Berlin, emigrated to the USA via Sweden and Mexico during the Nazi era, where the Berlin-born composer Ursula Mamlok also found a new circle of life and activity. Both women did not let the politically motivated persecution take away their courage to live or the development of their musical talents. Schonthal studied composition with Ingemar Liljefors, Manuel Ponce and Paul Hindemith, Mamlok with Gustav Ernest, Ernst Krenek and Roger Sessions. The diverse oeuvre of the two composers, encompassing all genres, as well as numerous awards and teaching positions at renowned universities document their importance in the further development of the classical-romantic composition tradition in the 20th century. Felix Wolfes, who came from Hanover and was a student of Hans Pfitzner and Richard Strauss and worked as a conductor at various German opera houses, also had to leave his homeland and worked as a professor of composition in Boston in the second half of his life. An extensive collection of songs based on German texts was created here, whose fine, often polyphonic lines create a transparent and delicate sound. Similar to his letters and diaries, his ability to articulate experiences of suffering and loss without bitterness and vindictiveness is evident here.

3) “Melancholy”, a chamber music evening by the VIVA LA CLASSICA ensemble!

After successful concerts in Vienna, London, Lublin, Krakow and Warsaw, the ensemble VIVA LA CLASSICA!  Excerpts from his program “Melancholy” with works by Walter Arlen, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Henriëtte Bosmans, Vítězslava Kaprálová, Rosy Wertheim, Erwin Schulhoff, Victor Ullmann, Simon Laks, Franz Waxman, Erich Zeisl and Paul Hindemith. The cruelty of the Third Reich had many faces, one of which was the complete ban on the performance of composers’ works – be it because of their origin, beliefs or sexual orientation. In order to devalue their art, it was given the term “degenerate”. Some persecuted artists managed to escape into exile, where they were able to continue their artistic work. Others were not granted this and fell victim to National Socialist persecution. Their music, some of which is still unknown, wants VIVA LA CLASSICA!  bring it closer to the audience. They placed particular emphasis on including compositions by female composers who were doubly discriminated against at the time. The song cycle Melancholy, op. 13, composed by Paul Hindemith between 1917 and 1919, inspired the musicians to write the concert title. These songs, based on Morgenstern poems, manifest Hindemith’s early expressionist style, for which he was persecuted by the Nazis. From this song cycle, the musicians present the song “Dunkler Tropfe” – a funeral march.

4) Quick tours through the exhibition (from 6:30 p.m.)

Triangle of the Viennese tradition I Zemlinsky – Schönberg – Hoffmann

Inspired by the globally celebrated 150th birthday of Arnold Schönberg, the new exhibition in the Exilarte Center of the mdw illuminates the social and cultural environment of the founder of the Second Viennese School. In particular, attention is paid to Alexander Zemlinsky, who taught Schönberg and introduced him to Viennese music circles, as well as to Schönberg’s student and later assistant Richard Hoffmann, whose estate has recently been located in the archives of the Exilarte Center. These three personalities, their professional, friendship and musical connections as well as their fates during the time of the Nazi regime are presented using life documents, photos and music manuscripts. Countless other free spirits of the early 20th century from music, literature, fine art and architecture as well as wealthy art lovers and patrons met for artistic exchanges and lavish parties in the artists’ colony planned by Josef Hoffmann in Vienna’s already noble 19th district. The majority of them had Jewish roots and were persecuted by the Nazis. Many were able to emigrate, many died in concentration camps.


Tickets can be purchased directly at the Exilarte Center!

Exilarte center of the mdw, Lothringerstraße 18 / 1st floor, 1030 Vienna

Regular: €17 (incl. VAT)
Reduced:* €14 (incl. VAT)

Free entry for children up to 12 years
*Reduced tickets for schoolchildren, students, seniors, people with disabilities, military servants and Ö1 Club members. Please have relevant proof ready on site.

“On an old score: A song evening with works by the exiled Viennese composer Julius Bürger” | Concert Series”Echo of the Unheard” | September 16, 2024

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In this extraordinary song recital, baritone Dr. Ryan Hugh Ross, pianist Dr. Daniel Rieppel and violinist Risa Schuchter the fascinating works of the composer Julius Bürger. You can hear the melodies recorded by the renowned tenor Joseph Schmidt and performed in the film “A Song Goes Around the World”, such as “Zigeunerlied” and “Launisches Glück”, as well as premieres from Bürger’s extensive work, which spanned 73 years. 

Monday, September 16th, 2024, 7 p.m.
Palais Ehrbar – small Ehrbar Saal
Mühlgasse 28
1040 Vienna

Admission free! / 


Ryan Hugh Ross, baritone
Risa Schuchter, violin
Daniel Rieppel, piano


Works by Julius Bürger


Gerold Gruber (founder of and head of the Exilarte Center)

Thursday, November 7th, 2024, 7 p.m.
Palais Ehrbar – small Ehrbar Saal
Mühlgasse 28
1040 Vienna

The Publication about the work and life of the Jewish composer “Julius Bürger – Composer-Conductor – Vocal Coach”

The publication about the work and life of the Jewish composer “Julius Bürger – Composer – Conductor – Vocal Coach” has now been published by Böhlau Verlag!

Author: Ryan Hugh Ross
Editor: Gerold Gruber
Publisher: Böhlau Verlag Vienna
110 pp. / Language: English
Böhlau Verlag Vienna, 1st edition 2024

“JULIUS BÜRGER Composer – Conductor – Vocal Coach”

Bürger studied with Franz Schreker in Vienna and Berlin. On Bruno Walter’s recommendation, Bürger later moved to the Metropolitan Opera in New York as an assistant to Artur Bodanzky. In 1929 he became Otto Klemperer’s assistant at the Berlin Kroll Opera and returned to Vienna after Hitler’s appointment as chancellor in 1933. En route from London to Vienna in 1938, Bürger and his wife foresaw what was to come in Austria and left their luggage in Paris. In 1939 Bürger moved to America, where he worked again at the Metropolitan Opera in 1949 and began a close friendship with Dimitri Mitropoulos. His mother was shot on the way to Auschwitz, and five of his brothers were murdered in the concentration camp.

Julius Bürger’s life and work would be impossible without the care and commitment of his friend, attorney Ronald S. Pohl, Esq. lost to history. Through Pohl’s efforts, much of Bürger’s music was premiered in numerous concert performances in the early 1990s. Selected orchestral works by the composer were also recorded for commercial release, contributing to the composer’s rediscovery. After Bürger’s death in 1995, Pohl continued the preservation and promotion of the unpublished compositions until he placed the estate on permanent loan in the Exilarte Center of the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, in the same building where Bürger began his studies.

The estate includes Bürger’s compositions in the form of autograph manuscripts as well as a large collection of personal documents and papers, recordings, newspaper articles and photographs.

The publication was published in English by Böhlau Verlag.

NASOM “Echoes of Vienna”I Exilarte in cooperation with Elisabeth Plank I Hans Gál & Arnold Schönberg

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NASOM New Austrian Sound of Music 2023/24 Artist: Harpist Elisabeth Plank presents the music from her hometown Vienna in March and April 2024 in the USA, including estates from the mdw’s Exilarte Center. The program takes you into impressive and at the same time delicate soundscapes, which are characterized by original compositions and arrangements by renowned composers such as Arnold Schönberg, Hans Gál and many others.


March 19, 2024 at 7:00 p.m., Austrian Cultural Forum, Washington D.C.

March 23, 2024 at 2:30 p.m., University of North Texas / Voertman Hall, Denton (TX)

March 24, 2024 at 6:00 p.m., American Harp Society Houston / Archway Gallery,Houston (TX)

March 29, 2024 at 8:30 p.m., Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington (IN)

March 30, 2024 at 7:00 p.m., University of Northern Kentucky / Greaves Concert Hall, Highland Heights (KY)

April 4, 2024 at 4:30 p.m., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign / Smith Hall, Urbana (IL)

April 6, 2024 at 1:00 p.m., Lyon & Healy Hall, Chicago (IL)

April 7, 2024 at 4:00 p.m., American Harp Society Philadelphia / Temple Lutheran Church (501 Brookline Blvd, Havertown, PA 19083), Philadelphia (PA)

April 9, 2024 at 7:00 p.m., Austrian Cultural Forum NYC, NYC


“Nostalgia”I Exilarte in cooperation with Amadeus Festival Vienna I June 29, 2024 I Hans Gál

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Saturday, June 29, 2024, 5 p.m.
Festival Bühne
Bastiengasse 36-38
1180 Vienna

Tickets order here.


Nadia Kalmykova, violin

Liuba Kalmykova, violin

Kasumi Yui, piano


M. Moszkovsky: Suite for 2 violins and piano op. 71 (20’)

H. Gál: Sonata for 2 violins and piano op. 96 (22’)

D. Shostakovich: 5 pieces for 2 violins and piano (10’)

P. De Sarasate: Navarra op. 33 (6′)

“Dance Poems”I Exilarte in cooperation with Orchestra Divertimento Viennese I Concert & Lecture I June 23, 2024

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Gerold Gruber reports on the composers Alexander Zemlinsky and Reynaldo Hahn.

Sunday, June 23, 2024;
11:00 a.m.
Great Hall, Brucknerhaus
Untere Donaulände 7
A-4010 Linz

Tickets here.

There will be a concert introduction for concert goers at 10:00 a.m. (with free admission).


Gerold W. Gruber
Marie-Theres Arnbom


Paul Dukas (1865-1935) – La Péri. Poème dansé for orchestra (1909–10)

Reynaldo Hahn (1874–1947) – Concerto in E major for piano and orchestra (1930)

Alexander von Zemlinsky (1871–1942) – A dance poem. Ballet in one act (1901, 1904)


Shani Diluka, piano

Orchestra Divertimento Viennese

Brass Band Upper Austria, stage music

Vinzenz Praxmarer, conductor

About the program:

The Linz conductor Vinzenz Praxmarer and his orchestra Divertimento Viennese present sound-drunk dance poems from Vienna and Paris at the turn of the century. While Alexander von Zemlinsky’s Ein Tanzpoem, the revised Act II of an unfinished setting of the ballet The Triumph of Time by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, only had its premiere 50 years after the composer’s death, Paul Dukas was able to perform what he himself described as Poème dansé Ballet La Péri celebrated a great success at its premiere in 1912. In between, a real gem will be heard, with the world-famous pianist Shani Diluka as soloist: the fascinating piano concerto by Reynaldo Hahn, the middle movement of which is entitled “Danse”.

Link to program here.

Concert Series “Echo of the Unheard” I June 18, 2024 I Arnold Schönberg and Wolfgang Fraenkel


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Concert series “Echo of the Unheard” | June 18, 2024 I Arnold Schönberg and Wolfgang Fraenkel

Arnold Schönberg and Wolfgang Fraenkel are historically linked: two progressive Jewish composers who fled Europe with the rise of the Nazis. Schönberg came to the United States while the younger Fraenkel spent eight years in Shanghai, where he was an important teacher and cultural force. This concert compares these two strong personalities through two of their string quartets. Fraenkel’s quartet contains a dedication to the much admired Schönberg.

Tuesday, June 18, 2024, 7 p.m.
Palais Ehrbar – small Ehrbar Saal
Mühlgasse 28
1040 Vienna

The concert is fully booked!


Ciompi Quartet

Eric Pritchard, violin | Hsiao-mei Ku, violin | Jonathan Bagg, viola | Caroline Stinson, cello


Arnold Schönberg: String Quartet No. 4 op 37

Wolfgang Fraenkel: Music for String Quartet (1949)


Ulrike Anton (Director of the Arnold Schönberg Center Vienna) | Gerold Gruber (founder of and head of the Exilarte Center)