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ORF Long Night of Museums | October 2nd, 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CD presentation: “Hidden Treasure – Unpublished Lieder by Hans Gál”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 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.

World famous baritone Thomas Hampson sings Wilhelm Grosz’s Africa Songs at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, livestream concert to be heard online from June 2, 2021 to June 2, 2022

Musikfest 2021: A Celebration of Black Music

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]

For the complete program of this concert, please click here.

Exilarte Center invited to the International Summer Academy of the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, held in the Rax and Semmering region, Austria | August 16th, 2021

Concert – Workshop – Exilarte Award

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

For ticket sales and further information, please click here.

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

For further information about the workshop please click here.

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.

For further information about the Exilarte Award please click here.

Exilarte significantly contributes to the Intellectual Capital Report 2020 of the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria

The Intellectual Capital Report of the mdw is a summary of intangible assets and performance processes at the university.

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

Marta Eggerth & Jan Kiepura exhibition will open again on Wednesday, May 19, 2021!

As of Wednesday, May 19, 2021, you can visit the new exhibition “My Song For You – Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura Between Two Worlds”  during our regular opening hours without pre-registration.

Free admission!

For guided tours in English, please contact us:
Tel.: +43 1 711 55 – 3510

Covid-19 Security Concept
FFP2-mask requirement for the entire building
Inside the exhibition room: max. 6 people
Social distancing of 2m must be respected
Covid-19 test NOT required
Hand sanitizer dispensers available
Audio Terminals:
Listen through our QR codes on your smartphone; alternatively: disposable protection for our headphones is available

Exilarte Center invited to the Austrian Parliament, May 5, 2021

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.

Women’s History Month 2021: Focus On Women Composers

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

Exilarte invited by the Alte Schmiede in Vienna – Live-stream concert on March 5, 2021 at 8 p.m. (CET)

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

Ursula Mamlok: Variations
for Solo Flute 

Gabriele Proy: Hommage an Ursula Mamlok
for Flute and Cello (world premiere*)
*Commissioned by with the kind support of the Dwight and Ursula Mamlok Foundation

Alexandre Tansman: Hommage à Chopin
for Solo Guitar 

Elena Firsova: Otzvuki (Echoes), op. 59
for Flute and Guitar

Walter Bricht: Variations on an Old German Children Song, op. 40
for Flute, Cello and Piano 

Walter Bricht | Ursula Mamlok | Ruth Schönthal | Alexandre Tansman

Photos, livestream concert (March 5th, 2021)

CD „Treasures from the Center”


Students and young graduates of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna interpret works by Julius Bürger, Hans Gál, Wilhelm Grosz, André Singer and Hans Winterberg.

This CD gives a musical overview of the estates that have been handed over to the archive of the Exilarte Center in recent years or that are closely related to the research projects of the center.

For further information please contact: