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New Exhibition at the Exilarte Center beginning September 17, 2022: Fritz Kreisler – A Cosmopolitan in Exile. From Child Prodigy to “King of Violinists”

The new exhibition at the Exilarte Center, which will be open to the public starting September 17, 2022, illustrates Kreisler’s family history, his time in Vienna and his special ability to communicate with the media (record companies, newspapers, radio) through numerous pictures, musical materials and life documents, as well as a catalog that will be published in parallel. His violin style (in connection with the major concertos and the Beethoven sonatas) is also thematized, as are his arrangements and compositional style. Likewise, the historical component of the expulsion by the Nazi regime based on “racial” reasons is shown and – as is already a tradition of Exilarte exhibitions – the inclusion of other exiled and ostracized violin virtuosos and string quartets of the time (Alma and Arnold Rosé, Carl Flesch, Bronislaw Hubermann, Ferdinand Adler, Busch Quartet, Rostal Quartet etc.) is addressed.

Fritz Kreisler (Vienna, 1875 – 1962, New York) was first taught by his father before he entered the Conservatory of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna (today mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna) in 1882, where he studied with Josef Hellmesberger Jr. and Anton Bruckner. At the age of seven, he was the youngest child prodigy at this school. After studying in Paris, he went on a successful tour in the USA together with the pianist Moriz Rosenthal in 1888.

An audition with the Vienna Philharmonic was unsuccessful; nevertheless, he was invited to play as a soloist with the orchestra. After further successes with the Berlin Philharmonic under Arthur (Artúr) Nikisch, one of the most brilliant and lucrative solo careers of the time began. In 1910 Kreisler premiered Edward Elgar’s Violin Concerto, which was dedicated to him. His wife, the American Harriet Lies, who maintained a good relationship with the Nazi regime, managed him – they owned a house in Berlin from 1924 to 1934. In 1935, Kreisler was awarded the Ring of Honor by the City of Vienna. Due to his Jewish ancestry, the Nazis banned all his recordings and performances in 1938. He received French citizenship and emigrated to America in 1939; in 1943, he became an American citizen. Kreisler’s last performance was in 1947.

This exhibition will be open beginning September 17, 2022.

Free admission!

Exilarte Center of the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna

Lothringerstrasse 18
1st floor
1030 Vienna/Austria

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.

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

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.

Expelled and Banned: Forgotten Musical Legacy – the Exilarte Center of the mdw in Cooperation with the hmt Rostock and the UdK Berlin, May 4 I 2022

In this cross-university project, students from the hmt – University of Music and Theater in Rostock, the UdK – University of the Arts in Berlin and the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna present a concert that feature composers who were persecuted, expelled or murdered by the Nazi regime.

The concert will take place on May 4, 2022, in the Franz Liszt Hall of the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts, the eve of the Memorial Day Against Violence and Racism. 

A second performance in cooperation with the Exilarte Center will take place on May 7, 2022 at the hmt – Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Rostock.

Concert “Expelled and Banned: Forgotten Musical Legacy”

Wednesday, May 4, 2022
7:30 p.m.
University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
Lothringerstrasse 18
Franz Liszt Hall (3rd floor)
1030 Vienna

Free admission!

Wearing an FFP-2 mask is highly recommended during this event!

Works by: Gideon Klein, Viktor Ullmann, Ernest Bloch, Alexander Zemlinsky and Hans Gál

Performers:

Ana Bakradze, piano (UdK Berlin)
Benjamin Kruithof, cello (UdK Berlin)
Liliya Nigamedzyanova, viola (mdw)
Daniel Prinz, piano (hmt Rostock)
Sofía Revueltas, soprano (hmt Rostock)
Isabella Schwarz, oboe (mdw)
Floris Willem, violin (mdw)

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 catalogue to the exhibition “Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura” has arrived!

The catalogue to the exhibition “My Song For You – Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura Between Two Worlds”

Who doesn’t know them: Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura, the dream couple in film, opera and operetta? Their voices inspired the masses and their unique timbre still moves today. 

The exhibition catalogue contains detailed descriptions of the life story of the singer couple with a special focus on their exile situation in the USA. But it also points out the fates of all those artists who had worked artistically with Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura and were persecuted, expelled or murdered by the Nazis.

Included are also listings of all of the couple’s film and stage appearances, short biographies of the persecuted and murdered colleagues, as well as numerous illustrations of unpublished documents located in the archive of the Exilarte Center of the mdw, which is the new home of Marta Eggerth’s and Jan Kiepura’s estate.

Authors: 

Dr. Susanne Korbel

Mag. Nobuko Nakamura

Dr. Ulrike Anton

Editor:

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

Publisher: 

Verlag Der Apfel

If you are interested in buying, please contact: info@exilarte.org