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

© Amadeus Festival Vienna 2024

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

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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

© Louise Zemlinsky, Alexander Zemlinsky Fonds

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


© The Ciompi Quartet

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

Admission free! /


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)

Courage – Music in Resistance Against National Socialism I June 3, 2024

© The Herbert and Trudl Zipper Archives Collection , Colburn School (LA, USA)

Courage – Music in Resistance Against National Socialism I June 3rd, 2024

The Exilarte Center makes what has been silenced resonate again and makes what has been forgotten visible again.

During the dark times of National Socialism, using music to send a sign of resistance was for many Jewish composers the only way to accuse, rebel or find hope again in desperate situations. Many of them were persecuted, murdered or forced into exile. But their works, which were sometimes created under the most adverse circumstances, still bear witness to unparalleled courage and remind us of the power that music radiates. Music helped to survive and endure what was immediately happening. But the sounds created also made it possible to denounce the injustice of the perpetrators with hidden musical messages. Viktor Ullmann composed his Emperor of Atlantis in the Theresienstadt ghetto, mercilessly holding up a mirror to the terror regime before he was murdered in Auschwitz; Herbert Zipper secretly wrote a resistance song in the Dachau concentration camp and Hans Gál ironically presented the morning wake-up call in the internment camp in Great Britain as a refugee in his Huyton Suite. Some of the still undiscovered works from this program are in the archives of the Exilarte Center of the mdw.

Monday, June 3, 2024 at 8 p.m.

Musikverein Wien

Glass Hall / Magna Auditorium
Musikvereinsplatz 1,
Bösendorferstrasse 12,
A-1010 Vienna


Adrian Eröd, baritone
Raimund Lissy, violin

Clemens Flieder, violin
Ulrike Anton, flute
Armin Egger, guitar
David Hausknecht, piano
Gerold Gruber, lecture


Das Kaddisch


Theresienstadt Suite

from: Vom Jüdischen Schicksal 
Stimme der Vorzeit

Der Kaiser von Atlantis – Auszüge

A Song in Exile

Huyton Suite

Great Times

Legacies of the Exilarte Center of the mdw at the Long Night of Research I Lecture, Documentary, Exhibition I May 24, 2024

© New York Times / Redux

The Exilarte Center will present the documentary about Julius Bürger and the current Exilarte exhibition at the Long Night of Research on May 24, 2024.

Lecture & Documentation: Julius Bürger – expelled and rediscovered. A Viennese composer returns.

campus of the mdw
University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1,
1030 Vienna

The documentation provides insight into the life and work of the Jewish Viennese composer Julius Bürger, who had to leave Austria in 1938. He was able to gain international success in the USA, where in 1984, 39 years after its creation, he received the composition prize from the University of Indiana for his “Variations on a Theme by C. Ph. E. Bach”.

The film documentation was created in connection with the first performance of Julius Bürger’s orchestral works in Vienna, in August 2023 in the ORF’s large broadcasting hall with the RSO under the direction of Gottfried Rabl.


5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.,
Exilarte Center
Lothringerstraße 18 / 1st floor,
1030 Vienna

At 5 p.m. guided tour of the exhibition

Admission free!


“Music in Auschwitz”I Exilarte in cooperation with Michigan School of Music, Theater & Dance I May 13, 2024

© Chris Boyes

Dance band arrangements by members of the Auschwitz Men’s Orchestra played by musicians from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater & Dance under the baton of Oriol Sans.

Monday, May 13, 2024, 8 p.m.
Jewish Museum of the City of Vienna
Dorotheergasse 11
1010 Vienna

The ten short pieces on this program were arranged by Polish political prisoners who were members of the Auschwitz Orchestra. They used popular German hits of the 1930s and 40s – tangos, waltzes and foxtrots arranged and orchestrated for a dance band that played Sunday concerts for the Auschwitz garrison near the villa of Commandant Höss. The resulting manuscripts, which I began researching in May 2016, are stored in the collections department of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. Occasionally the prisoners signed these manuscripts with their prisoner number, e.g. B. Antoni Gargul, a viola player and Polish soldier (5665), or Maksymilian Piłat (5131), a bassoonist with a conservatory diploma who played in the orchestra of the State Opera and the Baltic Philharmonic in Gdansk after the war.

In the musical realization of these manuscripts for tonight’s performance, we retained the original instrumentation as much as possible and made only very small changes in the event of obvious errors. You hear these works, silent for over 70 years, as close as possible to how they sounded in 1942 or ’43 when they were performed at Auschwitz 1. The lines spoken by our singers are taken from testimonies and interviews with members of the Auschwitz Orchestra conducted in the post-war period.

We would like to thank the Copernicus Institute, the Exilarte Center, Dean David Gier, the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater & Dance, and the Global Tour Fund of the School of Music, Theater & Dance for making this concert possible.

Patricia Hall, 2020


Oriol Sans, conductor

Musicians from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater & Dance


Gerold Gruber

Current Exhibition at the Exilarte Center: Triangel of Viennese Tradition I Zemlinsky – Schönberg – Hoffmann

Inspired by Arnold Schönberg’s 150th birthday, celebrated around the world, the new exhibition at the mdw’s Exilarte Center sheds light on 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 the Viennese music circles, and to Richard Hoffmann, who was a pupil of Schönberg and later became his assistant.

These three personalities, their professional, friendly and musical connections as well as their fates during the time of the Nazi regime are brought closer using life documents, photos and music manuscripts.

Countless other free spirits of the early 20th century from music, literature, fine arts and architecture as well as wealthy art lovers and patrons met for artistic exchange and lavish festivals in the artists’ colony planned by Josef Hoffmann in what was already the posh 19th district of Vienna. Most of them had Jewish roots and were persecuted by the Nazis. Many were able to emigrate, many died in the concentration camps.

Dazzling personalities such as Alma Mahler-Werfel, Gustav Mahler, Carl Moll, Koloman Moser, Hugo Henneberg, Sigmund Freud, Egon and Emmy Wellesz, Emil and Yella Hertzka, Richard Gerstl, Adolf Loos and Arnold Schönberg inspired one another in this Art Nouveau villa colony, which will be recreated as a model for the exhibition.

Arnold Schönberg was one of the first to emigrate in 1933, Richard Hoffmann in 1935 and Alexander Zemlinksy after the “Anschluss” in 1938… How much does the forced exile change a person, an artist in his work? In the exhibition we take a look at the respective oeuvre before and after fleeing into an uncertain future.

The score for one of Arnold Schönberg’s best-known works, A Survivor from Warsaw, written in the USA in 1947, is contextualised in the exhibition. Alexander Zemlinsky, who had previously written large symphonic works, has almost fallen silent as a result of the persecution: on display are the two song collections that he created in New York from 1938 (op. 27) and 1940 (without op.).

The question of what life in Europe would have been like for millions of people affected without Hitler’s National Socialist racial doctrine can no longer be answered and the loss of artistic potential in Europe as a result cannot be measured. We show the arbitrary bureaucracy with which Jews and people critical of the system were harassed. Documents such as Zemlinsky’s Reich Flight Tax Notice and Alien Registration Receipt Card with fingerprint can be seen in the original.

Zemlinsky and Schönberg managed to escape to the USA by transatlantic steamship, Richard Hoffmann emigrated to New Zealand. Other flight fates, paths to places of exile for women, men and children are reconstructed in the exhibition.

Many composers and musicians from the society around Zemlinsky, Schönberg and Hoffmann did not succeed in finding freedom. They lived underground (e.g. Josef Polnauer, Olga Novakovic and others) or were murdered by the Nazis (e.g. Schönberg’s family members or Schönberg’s friend and publisher Henri Hinrichsen).

“Triangle of the Viennese Tradition” is the title of the connection between three musicians who shared a similar fate as composers, educators and friends: they were of Jewish origin and therefore outcasts and exiles.

Admission free!

Opening hours:

March 05 – December 20, 2024

Tuesday – Friday 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Saturday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m

Holidays: closed

Guided Tours

Exilarte Center of the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna Lothringerstrasse 18. 1 Floor 1030 Vienna