Category: Partnerships


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)

CD presentation: “Hidden Treasure – Unpublished Lieder by Hans Gál”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.

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.

Exilarte Concert at the International Summer Academy of the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, held in the Rax and Semmering region, Austria

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:

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)

Exhibition opening (October 20th, 2020) from Vienna and New York now on Youtube

“My Song For You”: Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura – Between Two Worlds

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


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 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.

Online-Lecture with Gregorij H. von Leitis and Michael Lahr

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 Centre of the mdw since 2018.

ORF – Long Night of Museums | 5th of October 2019

On Saturday, October 5, 2019, this year’s “ORF Long Night of Museums” took place throughout Austria for the 20th time.
The 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)

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

WISE –   Wien International Soloists Ensemble will bring works of these forgotten composers back to life.

Andrea Nikolić, violin
Jonathan Cano, violin
Marta Potulska, viola
Anzél Gerber, violoncello

Ulrike Anton, flute

2) Actor’s reading: Letters & manuscripts from Erwin Piscator (8:30 pm)

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

Concert Verfemte Komponistinnen at the Festival Musica Femina

im Rahmen des Festival Musica Femina 
in der Orangerie in Schönbrunn 
ab 16 Uhr: Führung durch die Ausstellung

Werke von
: Rosy Wertheim, Ruth Schönthal, Vally Weigl und Henriëtte Bosmans

Ethel Merhaut (Sopran), Ulrike Anton (Flöte), Christine Roider (Violoncello) & Miyuki Schüssler (Klavier)
Moderation: Gerold Gruber

Weiterführende Informationen:

Commemorative event against violence and racism in memory of the victims of National Socialism

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)


Fotos von: © Parlamentsdirektion / Thomas Topf und © Parlamentsdirektion / Johannes Zinner