Category: Partnerships with Exilarte


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

© ORF Design, Hans Leitner

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.

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

© Julia Wesely

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

© Amadeus Festival Vienna 2024

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

© 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.

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!


“The path through Paradise”I Exilarte in cooperation with Bösendorfer Salon I April 05, 2024 I Walter Bricht

© Arash Amiri

Gustav Klimt’s golden era in Vienna combines resonant images from Liszt, Mahler and Richard Strauss. The young woman from his expectation – is she the mysterious beauty that Arnold Schönberg describes in his early opus? And the Garden of Eden from the Tree of Life – is that the place where Elisabeth from Walter Brich’s Hesse setting has already been?

The atmospheric figures from Gustav Klimt’s works that adorn the new Tree of Life wing are the starting point for a journey through the ups and downs of love – the path through paradise!

The soprano Arabella Fenyves and the pianist David Hausknecht interpret the still unknown musical treasures of the exiled composer Walter Bricht, returning them to the Viennese art song repertoire.

Friday, April 5th, 2024, 7 p.m.
Bösendorfer Salon
Bösendorferstraße 12 | Canovagasse 4,
1010 Vienna

Admission free!
Pre-registration: Eventbrite


Arabella Fenyves, soprano

David Hausknecht, piano

Works by:

Walter Bricht, Arnold Schönberg, Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler, Franz Liszt

“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

Parliament Austria I Commemorative event against violence and racism in memory of the victims of National Socialism I May 3, 2024

© Parlamentsdirektion/Johannes Zinner

On the occasion of the anniversary of the liberation of the Mauthausen concentration camp, the Austrian Parliament will remember the victims of National Socialism on Friday, May 3, 2024. The event will be accompanied by music from the Exilarte Center and broadcast live on ORF 2.

Friday, May 3, 2024; 11:00 a.m.
Parliament Austria – Federal Assembly Hall

Dr.-Karl-Renner-Ring 3
A-1017 Vienna

Opening words:

Wolfgang Sobotka, President of the National Council

Musical program:

Walter Arlen (1920-2023): Sonnet for violin and piano

Walter Bricht (1904-1970): Intermezzo from Four Pieces for piano, for the left hand (1933)

Wilhelm Grosz (1894-1939): Eastern Jewish folk songs for a singing voice and piano


Aleksandra Dimić, vocals
Karla Križ, violin
Anastasija Richter, piano

Link to event here.

Exilarte in cooperation with HOLOCAUST MUSIC LOST & FOUND I Book presentation & concert in New York I May 9, 2024

We are pleased to present the musical treasures from Exilarte Zentrum as well as the book “Music of Exile – The Untold Story of Composers Who Fled Hitler” (Yale University Press, 2023) by the renowned exile researcher and author Dr. Benjamin Michael Haas will now be presented in New York.

We would like to thank our supporters from the USA: Schirmer – Wise Music Group, American Society for Jewish Music, Hebrew Union College, Heller Museum, Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, among others.

Thursday, May 9, 2024,
7:00 p.m.Hebrew Union College
1 West 4th Street (at Broadway)
New York, NY10012

Registration under:


Janie Press, Holocaust Music Lost & Found
Gerold Gruber, founder of and head of the Exilarte Center of the mdw

In conversation:

Benjamin Michael Haas, author
John Mauceri, conductor


Theodora Nestorova, soprano
Josipa Bainac, mezzosoprano
Ulrike Anton, flute
Alex Fowler, violoncello
David Hausknecht, piano

About the book:

What happens to a composer when persecution and exile mean that his true music no longer finds an audience? In the 1930s, composers and musicians began fleeing Hitler’s Germany to build new lives around the world. The process of exile was complex: although some of their works were celebrated, these composers had lost their familiar culture and were forced to confront xenophobia and a completely different creative terrain. Others, far less fortunate, found themselves in a kind of internal exile – composing under a ruthless dictatorship or in concentration camps and ghettos. Michael Haas sensitively records the experiences of this musical diaspora. Torn between cultures and traditions, these composers created music that was a synthesis of old and new worlds, some of which are core to today’s repertoire, while others have disappeared into the drawer. From the musicians who were interned in Great Britain as enemy aliens to the brilliant Hollywood compositions of Erich Wolfgang Korngold to the Brecht-inspired theater music of Kurt Weill, Haas shows how these musicians shaped the sound world of the 20th century – and offers a moving documentation of the war’s unpredictable impact on culture.

About the author:

Benjamin Michael Haas, PhD was a record producer and recording manager at Decca and Sony for many years, and was vice president of Sony Classical in NY in 1994/5. He is a multiple Grammy winner and initiated and directed the Decca recording series “Degenerate Music”. From 2002 to 2010 he worked at the Jewish Museum Vienna as a music curator. In 2013, Yale University Press published his book “Forbidden Music – the Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis.” From 2000 to 2015 he was Director of the Jewish Music Institute at the University of London and in 2015/16 Research Associate at University College London, School of Jewish and Hebrew Studies. Since 2016 he has been a senior researcher at the mdw’s Exilarte Center, which he co-founded.