SPECIAL EVENTS as part of the ORF Long Night of Museums
1) Hidden Treasure (Start: 6pm)
CD presentation: “Hidden Treasure – Unpublished Lieder by Hans Gál”
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.
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.
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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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
“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.
Lew Nussimbaum, alias Essad Bey, alias Kurban Said: Border Crosser – Cosmopolitan – Jewish Muslim – Orientalist in Exile
Gregorij H. von Leitis, founding director of Elysium and winner of the New York Theater Club Prize and the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, reads from the fantastic work of Lew Nussimbaum.
Introduction: Michael Lahr, Program Director of Elysium / Director The Lahr von Leitis Academy & Archive
In his short life, the Russian Jewish writer Lew Nussimbaum (1905 – 1942) came into contact with all the movements of the early 20th century: communism, fascism and National Socialism. Having fled to Berlin from Baku, which was gripped by the October Revolution, he converted to Islam there in 1922 and changed his name to Essad Bey. He began to write, especially for The Literary World by Willy Haas. His first book Oil and Blood in the Orient immediately became a bestseller. In rapid succession he wrote 13 other books, including biographies of Mohammed, Stalin and Nicholas II. In 1936 he published the novel Ali and Nino under the pseudonym Kurban Said, a Romeo and Juliet story set at the interface between Islam and Christianity. He fled from the Nazis to Vienna, and finally after the “Anschluss” to Italy, where he died of a rare disease in Positano in 1942.
The Lahr von Leitis archive has been part of the exil.arte Centre of the mdw since 2018.
On Saturday, October 5, 2019, this year’s “ORF Long Night of Museums” took place throughout Austria for the 20th time. The exil.arte center of mdw was pleased to be part of it for the first time this year and offered guided tours of the current exhibition as well as special program items.
SPECIAL EVENTS throughout the ORF Long Night of Museums
1) Concert: Echo of the Unheard (6:30 pm)
Programme: Hans Gál (1890 – 1987) – Concertino für Flöte und Streichquartett, op. 82 Julius Bürger (1897 – 1995) – Streichquartett Nr. 2 Hans Winterberg (1901 – 1991) – Streichquartett 1957/1970
Read and interpreted by Tamara Stern and Hubert Wolf Text selection: Susanne Abbrederis
3) Concert: From the Lower East to the Upper West Side (10:30 pm)
Music from the Jewish Theatres and Viennese Cafés in New York in the 1930s and 1940s. Esther Wratschko and her ensemble (Andrew Gorman & Lili Weihandl) will perform songs by Leopoldi, Berg and others
Alexander Olshanetsky: Ikh hob dikh tsufil lib Abraham Ellstein: Abi gezunt Shalom Secunda: Bay mir bistu sheyn Jimmy Berg: Man stellt sich um! Hermann Leopoldi: Ja da wär´s halt gut, wenn man Englisch könnt Jimmy Berg: Small Café near Central Park West
Diese Gedenkveranstaltung fand im Zeremoniensaal der Hofburg in Wien statt.
Egon Wellesz, Streichquartett Nr. 4, III. Sehr langsam, Walter Arlen, „Es geht wohl anders“ für Gesang und Klavier, Sonett für Violine und Klavier, Humoreske für Piano solo Mitwirkende: Ensemble der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien; Selini Quartett: Liubov Kalmykova (Violine), Nadia Kalmykova (Violine), Loredana Apetrei (Viola), Loukia Loulaki (Violoncello); Rafat Mokrzycki (Klavier), leva Pranskute (Violine); Helene Franziska Feldbauer (Mezzosporan)