Concert | Lana Is

Concert | Lana Is
June 14, 2016 | 7:30 pm

The multifaceted vocalist-composer and actress Lana Is has already won widespread acclaim in Europe, both for her own visionary releases, her acting work and for her work as a versatile collaborator who has lent her talents to a diverse array of projects with a wide assortment of rock, pop, contemporary classical and jazz musicians such as John Medeski, Kenny Wollesen, Dan Weiss, Michael Mantler, Manu Delago (Bjork) and many more.

Lana Is (born Lana Cencic) is the daughter of a well-known family of classical musicians from Zagreb with an avant-garde jazz-pop-rock album recorded in New York, among others with guitarist Brandon Seabrook, known for his John-Zorn-like free-spirited playing.

"In Your Head" her 2013 breakthrough solo album, is widely celebrated by critics and fans alike, establishing Lana Is as a startlingly original creative force with a seemingly limitless future.  

On June 14th, 2016, at the Austrian Cultural Forum, Lana Is presents her songs in a quiet, duo setting with Jesske Hume on bass and voice and herself on voice, piano and electronic beats. 

When: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008

Tickets: Please reserve your ticket at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/concert-lana-is-tickets-25379586025

Credits: The Rolling Stone Magazine / Lana Is (Lana Cencic).

Lecture | Luba Sterlikova & Erich Keel: Vienna 1900

Lecture | Luba Sterlikova & Erich Keel: Vienna 1900; Architecture, Music and Theater
May 25, 2016 | 7:30 pm

The first half of the talk will look at a selection of theatres in different nineteenth-century styles, from Neo-Classical to Art Nouveau, with special attention to the Viennese firm of architects Fellner & Helmer. Between 1870 and 1914, they built nearly fifty spaces for the performance of operas, plays, and classical music. No atelier in Belle Époque Europe was as successful as the team of designers led by Austrian-born Ferdinand Fellner and his partner, Hermann Helmer, born near Hamburg. From Zurich to Odessa, from Hamburg to Sofia, their architectural vision responded to the taste and spirit of an increasingly prosperous and confident middle class. The talk will address the reality of architecture, and touch on the decorative programs that enriched the symbolic and illusionary appeal of Fellner’s and Helmer’s performance spaces. Major artists contributed to the success of the architectural firm. Gustav Klimt, for example, began his career as a painter of ceilings and drop curtains for auditoria and stages.

The second half of the lecture will examine the growing role of posters in popularizing the stage as a nexus for entertainment and education in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy while publicizing singers, actors, and musicians who like theatre architects forged a world of truth and magic.

Posters, as historical documents, will present the rich cultural life in Vienna circa 1900 as well as its international legacy in music and theater from Johann Strauss, Jr. to Franz Lehár and Robert Stolz.
 

When: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC 20008.
 

Tickets: Please reserve your tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lecture-luba-sterlikova-erich-keel-vienna-1900-architecture-music-and-theater-tickets-24601352307

Lecture |The Botstiber Foundation: ”The Politics of Migration in America and Austria”

Lecture |The Botstiber Foundation: ”The Politics of Migration in America and Austria”
May 20, 2016

Migration is one of the most divisive issues in American and Austrian politics. The issue dominates the 2016 campaign for the American presidency. A Republican candidate would deport all illegal immigrants, refuse entry to all Muslims, and build a wall between Mexico and the US to prevent Latin Americans from entering. Austrians are polarized by the surge of Middle Eastern immigrants coming across their border, first from Hungary and later from Slovenia. Nearly 100,000 people have applied for asylum in Austria over the past year, raising fears of joblessness, terrorism and cultural collapse. On Friday, May 20, 2016, the Botstiber Foundation is pleased to present a panel discussion on migration issues (including related issues of racism, nationalism and terrorism) confronting both Austria and the United States from the perspective of three leading academics who will compare and contrast the issues that afflict both countries.

The three leading academics are:
Farid Hafez, a researcher at the Department of Political Science at the University of Salzburg. He is also the editor of the German-English Islamophobia Studies Yearbook and was awarded the Bruno Kreisky Award for the political book of the year for his German anthology Islamophobia in Austria which he edited together with John Bunzl.

James Hollifield, a Professor of Political Science, Ora Nixon Arnold Chair in International Political Economy, and Director of the Tower Center at Southern Methodist University. As a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Public Policy Scholar at the Wilson Center, he has published widely on international political and economic issues, including Immigrants, Markets and States (Harvard UP), Migration Theory (Routledge), and Controlling Immigration (Stanford UP). His current projects include The Emerging Migration State – a study of how states manage international migration for strategic gains.

Tara Zahra, a Professor of East European history at the University of Chicago where she specializes, in part, on transnational and comparative history, nationalism, migration and displacement. She is the author of a new book on a history of emigration from East Central Europe to Western Europe and the United States between 1889 and the present.

Guests are also welcome to stay for the wine and cheese reception.

When: Friday, May 20, 2016 | 6:30 p.m.
Where: Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC 20008.

Concert | Mozart In Vienna: Le Nozze di Figaro

Concert | Mozart In Vienna: Le Nozze di Figaro
May 19, 2016

Mozart In Vienna presents an opera from Mozart. Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) debuted in Vienna, Austria on May 1, 1786. Mozart's comic masterpiece about love and marriage in the "upstairs downstairs" castle of the Count and Countess Almaviva thrills with Mozart's most magnificent melodies, glorious arias, comic fun and the timeless message of love, fidelity and forgiveness. This special performance celebrates the 230th anniversary debut of Mozart's greatest opera, and shines with internationally-acclaimed singers, costumes and chamber ensemble in Italian with English narration.

The mission of Mozart In Vienna is to present music that Mozart composed or debuted in Vienna, Austria. The years he lived and composed in Vienna are considered some of his most prolific and fruitful, resulting in an abundance of great operas, including Le Nozze di Figaro, and several other notable works. Mozart In Vienna  also celebrates Mozart's entrepreneurial spirit, relentless tenacity and his passion for sharing his music with the world, often in spite of astounding opposition and difficulties.

Starring:
Eduardo Castro (Figaro)
Christina Nassif (Susanna)
Jose Sacin (The Count Almaviva)
Nancy Scimone (The Coutess Almaviva)
Stephanie Edewaard Weidle (Cherubino)
Zachary Burgess (Bartolo)
Mary Ellen (Marcellina)
Dongkeon Kim (Antonio)

When: Thursday, May 19, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008

Film Screening | Phil Grabsky: Concerto – A Beethoven Journey

Film Screening | Phil Grabsky:  Concerto – A Beethoven Journey
May 4, 2016 | 8 pm

British director and filmmaker Phil Grabsky and Seventh Art Productions are proud to present this new and extraordinary classical music film documentary, which already received great acclaim from audiences and critics alike. The film follows pianist Leif Ove Andsnes on his four year journey to perform and record the five Beethoven Concertos, whilst exploring Ludwig Beethoven’s life as revealed by these masterpieces. This journey took him to 108 cities in 27 countries for more than 230 live Performances. The pianist’s partnership with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra was also captured on disc; The Beethoven Journey, their hit recording series for Sony Classical, proved a resounding success.

Leif Ove Andsnes was born in Karmøy, Norway in 1970, and studied at the Bergen Music Conservatory under the renowned Czech professor Jirí Hlinka. The New York Times has called Leif Ove Andsnes “a pianist of magisterial elegance, power, and insight.” With his commanding technique and searching interpretations, the celebrated Norwegian pianist has won acclaim worldwide; the Wall Street Journal named him “one of the most gifted musicians of his generation.” An avid chamber musician, he served as co-artistic director of the Risor Festival of Chamber Music for nearly two decades, and was music director of California’s 2012 Ojai Music Festival. He was inducted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame in July 2013.

When: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 | 8 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008

Tickets: General Admission is free and open to the public. Please reserve your ticket at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/film-screening-phil-grabsky-concerto-a-beethoven-journey-tickets-24568269355

The Russian Chamber Art Society presents: "...Tender tears and love and life"

The Russian Chamber Art Society presents: "...Tender tears and love and life"
April 29, 2016 | 7:30 pm

The Austrian Cultural Forum is pleased to announce the Russian Chamber Art Society's performance of "...Tender tears and love and life". Enjoy the musical talents of Zhanna Alkhazova (Soprano), Elena Bocharova (Mezzo-Soprano), Viktor Antipenko (Tenor), Vera Danchenko-Stern (Piano). Performed will be songs by Mikhail Glinka, Anton Arensky, Alexander Glazunov, Sergey Taneyev and Sergey Rachmaninov.

The Russian Chamber Arts Society strives to enhance the existence of Russian chamber vocal music in the United States. Their repertoire is unique and prolific, and their musical selection encompasses many artists from the 19th century to modern day. The music is highly expressive, lyrical and passionate, and offers a great variety of emotions appealing to all audiences. 

When: Friday, April 29, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008.

Exhibition | Gallery KULTURFORMEN: Art by People with Special Needs

Exhibition | Gallery KULTURFORMEN: Art by People with Special Needs
April 6, 2016 – April 29, 2016 | 10 am – 12 pm | 2 pm – 4 pm

The KULTURFORMEN are an organization of the Institution Hartheim, a Care Centre for people with mental and multiple disabilities in Upper Austria. It was founded in 2002, at the same time as the restauration and opening of the learn- and memorial site “Castle Hartheim”. The exhibition will show works of seven artists, who continuously work with the atelier of the Institution Hartheim. Artists: Heliodor Doblinger, Alexander Dvorak, Renate Grohe, Josef Mayr, Andrea Obwaller, Christian Pichler, Franz Scharinger
 
During the German Third Reich approximately 30,000 people with disabilities have been killed at Castle Hartheim. After the war the castle was given back to the Charity Club (today named GSI = Gesellschaft für Soziale Initiativen). Nowadays Castle Hartheim is known as a hub for art connected to people with mental and multiple disabilities. Furthermore, they pursuit the discovery, fostering and reflection of creativity and artistic expression of people with disabilities as part of an integral development. Besides an atelier and a gallery, the works are archived and scientifically analysed. The Gallery KULTURFORMEN exist since November 2015 in the centre of Linz, Upper Austria. 
 
Josef Ramaseder, curator, artist and associate of the institute, represents the Gallery KULTURFORMEN at the opening. He delivered opening remarks on Kulturformen Hartheim, the artists and Art Brut in general.

Guests will be able to enjoy a complimentory glass of wine while viewing the exhibition.

When: Wednesday, April 6, 2016 – Friday, April 29, 2016 | 10 am – 12 pm; 2 pm - 4 pm
Opening Event: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008

Tickets: No tickets or registration required for visiting the exhibition.

For more infomation please visit: http://www.gsi-hartheim.at/index.php?id=149

Reading & Discussion | Maxi Obexer: Migrants, Refugees, Citizens; Arriving in Europe

Reading & Discussion | Maxi Obexer: Migrants, Refugees, Citizens; Arriving in Europe
April 28, 2016 | 6:30 pm

The Goethe Institut proudly presents a conversation with Author Maxi Obexer.
Obexer is an award-winning playwright, essayist, and novelist who is currently the Max Kade Writer in Residence at Georgetown University. For over a decade, her writing has revolved around refugees and those who help, sometimes despite laws that criminalize such assistance. 

Maxi Obexer will present excerpts from her recent drama Illegal Helpers (2016), which tells the stories of civil society heroes and heroines before the word ‘welcome culture’ existed. In addition, she will read from her essay “The Longest Summer,” in which she reflects on her own path as an EU citizen from South Tyrol, Italy who applied for German citizenship. She also reflects on and compares her situation to that of undocumented refugees with whom she shares a train to Berlin, and to the complicated status of many migrants living in Europe isolated from one another and yet bound by the invisible threads of bureaucratic terms and categories. Furthermore, Maxi Obexer will discuss her work with Professor Katrin Sieg (Center for German and European Studies, Georgetown University). 

The reading and discussion will be followed by a light reception.

When: Thursday, April 28, 2016 | 6:30 pm
Where: The Goethe Institut, 1990 K St. NW, Suite 03 (entrance on 20th St. NW, lower level) Washington, DC 20006

Tickets: Please register at: http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/was/ver/en15380091v.htm

Lecture | Wolfgang Schwaiger: „The Value of Diversity of Life" as part of the KULTURFORMEN Exhibition

Lecture | Wolfgang Schwaiger: „The Value of Diversity of Life" as part of the KULTURFORMEN Exhibition
April 28, 2016 | 7:30 pm

Wolfgang Schwaiger has more than thirty-five years of professional experience in industry, and has worked in various management and consulting positions. In addition, he has participated in many extended assignments in Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia. His professional focus lies in corporate strategy, communications, capital markets, business and systemic consulting, change management. Furthermore, he has more than twenty-five years experience in teaching at academic institutions, as well as twenty-five plus years experience in charitable and social work. 

The topic of his lecture will be „The Value of Diversity of Life". He will talk about how the attitude towards people with special needs developed since the founding of GSI (Gesellschaft für Soziale Initiativen), a non-profit organization for social initiatives, which is part of the Institution Hartheim. Furthermore, he will talk about other institutions and the history of Castle Hartheim as well as the current activities of the organization.

When: Thursday, April 28, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008

Concert | Friedrich Kleinhapl and Andreas Woyke

Concert | Friedrich Kleinhapl and Andreas Woyke
April 20, 2016 | 7:30 pm

The Austrian Cultural Forum proudly presents two amazing artists.
Anyone who hears Friedrich Kleinhapl at a concert will realize immediately - this man is not playing the cello, he is the cello. His passionate style, his highly individual interpretation, his ability to draw forth inimitable sounds from his instrument, to make it sing - all these characteristics raise Friedrich Kleinhapl above the many other cellists. His virtuosity is not only testimony to his great talent, it is also the expression of an extraordinary life, the product of an unfaltering ambition to achieve musical perfection and the consequence of the drive to abandon the well-trodden paths and break new ground.

An intensive quest and constant search for new and unconventional ways to express music determines the artistic vita of German pianist Andreas Woyke. Woyke's education has been shaped by various international influences. In his work Woyke crosses borders by composing and improvisation, which is a very meaningful part of his life. Woyke is open minded for any styles like rock, jazz-rock, funk, soul, ethno or house as well as the classical epoques and ancient music. In his live concert programs he strives for improvisatory momentum as well.

Since the spring of 2003 Woyke and Kleinhapl have been collaborating very successfully. The duo is performing all over the world and a number of CD-recordings have been published with Ars-Produktion.
 

Program:
Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)

Sonata for piano and violoncello e minor op. 38
1. Satz: Allegro non troppo

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
Sonata for violoncello und piano no. 2 g minor op. 5 no. 2
2. Mvt: Rondo. Allegro

Max Bruch (1838 - 1920)
Kol Nidrei, op. 47

Anton Webern (1883 – 1945)
Three little pieces op. 11 for violoncello and piano (1914)

Astor Piazzolla (1921 – 1992)
Oblivion
Milonga
La Muerte del Angel
Tango

Intermission

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809 - 1847)
Sonata for piano and violoncello no. 2 D major op. 58
3. Mvt: Adagio

Friedrich Gulda (1930 - 2000)
Cadenza for violoncello solo (1980)

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
Sonata for piano and violoncello no. 5 D major op. 102 no. 2
3. Mvt: Allegro – Allegro fugato


When: April 20, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008

Concert | Alexei Kornienko

Concert | Alexei Kornienko
April 19, 2016 | 7:30 pm

Alexei Kornienko is an outstanding musician whose work is characterized both by an unconditional and joyful attention to text and also a boldness in interpretation. This seeming contradiction in fact stands the Austrian-based conductor Alexei Kornienko in very good stead. His work as a pianist of the Russian school, his extraordinarily wide classic and romantic repertoire, is combined profoundly with his work as a conductor, which he has steadily expanded in recent years.

Kornienko has worked with countless internationally renowned orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, the Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Orchestra and the Slovakian Philharmonic Orchestra, and he has garnered enthusiastic praise from critics. Born in Moscow, Alexei Kornienko began music lessons at the age of five, studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, in Charkov and was prize-winner at the International Rachmaninov Piano Competition in Moscow. Since his move to Austria in 1990 he has made his name as a respected competition juror as well as a teacher at the Kärntner Landeskonservatorium (Carinthian State Conservatory). He is co-founder of the Gustav Mahler Ensemble and a member of the “Bösendorfer Artistic Club”. In 2000 he was appointed as artistic director of the newly founded “Wörthersee Classics Festival”. His work is documented in numerous CDs. Additionally to the amazing program, this concert will see a special occassion - the American premiere of Gabriele Proy's piano piece "Kigen" (2008).

Program:
J.S.BACH
Partita No 6 e-Moll

GABRIELE PROY
Kigen (2008) - American premiere

J.BRAHMS
Intermezzo op.119 No 1 h-Moll
Intermezzo op.116 No 4 E-Dur
Intermezzo op.76 No 7 a-Moll
Intermezzo op.118 No 2 A-Dur

Intermission

F.SCHUBERT
Sonate A-Dur op.posth.

When: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008

Concert | Washington International Piano Arts Council: The 15th Annual Winners Grand Prix 2016

Concert | Washington International Piano Arts Council: The 15th Annual Winners Grand Prix 2016
April 14, 2016 | 6:30 pm

The Washington International Piano Arts Council presents “An Evening of Classical Piano Music”. The concert will feature Michael Cheung of Paris and Michael Slavin of New York who were winners of the 2015 and 2014 Washington International Piano Artists Competition. They will showcase their talents presenting works of Chopin, Schumann and others.

Washington International Piano Arts Council (WIPAC) was established in 2001 to promote international friendship and mutual understanding among nations, to provide an educational forum for all levels of professional and non-professional pianists, to create a renaissance of interest in the art of piano artistry, and to provide venues worldwide where classical music can flourish in many communities.

When: April 14, 2016 | 6:30pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008

Lecture | Kurt Bednar on Frederic Courtland Penfield Last and Undervalued US Minister to Habsburg Vienna in Crisis, 1913-1917

Lecture | Kurt Bednar on Frederic Courtland Penfield Last and Undervalued US Minister to Habsburg Vienna in Crisis, 1913-1917
April 13, 2016 | 12 pm

The European Division of the Library of Congress proudly presents a discussion with historian Kurt Bednar. Kurt Bednar attained his doctorate from the University of Vienna. He will discuss the trying times of the last American ambassador to Austro-Hungary as that empire collapsed during the First World War.

When: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 | 12 pm
Where:  Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, European Division, Conference Room LJ-250, 1st SE St, Washington, DC 20003

Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public!

Concert | Sounds of Exile: Sigrid Hagn. Julia Ammerer-Simma.

Concert | Sounds of Exile: Sigrid Hagn. Julia Ammerer-Simma. 
March 29, 2016 | 7:30 pm

The Austrian Cultural Forum is proud to present the musical styling of Sigrid Hagn (piano) and Julia Ammerer-Simma (cello). Their performance titled "SOUNDS OF EXILE" is dedicated to Austrian composers of the 20th century who emigrated to the US, and intend to unite and honor their highly appreciated composers Vally and Karl Weigl, Eric Zeisl, Alexander Zemlinsky, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Arnold Schönberg, Oscar Nathan Straus and Fritz Kreisler. These composers did not fall silent due to the horrific struggles of their time but gave their outstanding music as a present to the world.

Being aware of the very sensitve but effecting and sustainable expression of these composers, it has become a heart´s desire of both musicians to perform these marvelous compositions whenever it is possible to commemorate these composers. Hagn graduated Mag. Artium in piano and composition at the Vienna Academy of Music and Performing Arts. Important highlights in her career include the highly acclaimed concert at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, at the invitation of the Austrian Embassy,  and the creation of the mozARTE Quintet Salzburg. Cellist Julia Ammerer-Simma plays with Salzburger Kammerphilharmonie, Girardi Trio, and Mozarte Trio.

Program

KARL WEIGL | (1881 Vienna - 1949 New York) - Love Song 

VALLY WEIGL | (1894 Vienna - 1986 New York) - Old Time Bourlesque

ERIC ZEISL | (1905 Vienna - 1959 Los Angeles) - Sonata & Pesante-Andante-Rondo

ALEXANDER ZEMLINSKY | (1871 Vienna - 1942 New York)  - 3 pieces & Humoreske-Lied-Tarantel

ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD | (1897 Brünn - 1957 Los Angeles) - Much Ado about Nothing Op. 11 & Garden scene & Masquerade (Transcription for cello M. Schlechtriem) & Tanzlied des Pierrot

ARNOLD SCHÖNBERG | (1874 Vienna - 1951 Los Angeles) - "Stück" 1894, waltz d-minor

OSCAR STRAUS | (1870 Vienna - 1954 Bad Ischl) - Waltz

FRITZ KREISLER | (1875 Vienna - 1962 New York)- Liebesleid, Liebesfreud

When: March 29, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008
Tickets: Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/concert-sigrid-hagen-julia-ammerer-simma-tickets-21454050643

Virginia Tech University Presents: Dr. Laura Spinadel | Urban Design Workshop & Keynote speaker

Virginia Tech University Presents: Dr. Laura Spinadel | Urban Design Workshop & Keynote speaker
March 23, 2016 | 1 pm - 4 pm
March 25, 2016 | 1 pm

The Virginia Tech University presents Dr. Laura Spinadel. The special pre-symposium workshop titled “Gameboard of Realization” will explore novel tools for negotiating and evaluating spatial qualities. Her workshop is intended to be part of the celebration of Women’s History Month in March by the International Archive of Women in Architecture Center, the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, and University Libraries.

In the course of the symposium, Spinadel will also attend on March 25, 2016 at 1 pm as a keynote speaker. Her topic will be “Playing from the Inside. Interactions and operational randomness. A new Chapter in Vienna’s Urban History: the Campus WU.” Her talk will also feature BUSarchitecktur, which has been working on issues affecting contemporary society since it was founded in 1986. BOA office for advanced randomness, has been developming cultural interactions since its establishment in 2003. Through their proposals, both companies develop realistic utopias that help value and redefine the inherited legacy in a conscientious and committed way.

Spinadel was born in 1958 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her major accomplishments include winning the competition for the new design of the campus at the University of Economics and Business in Vienna in 2008.

When: March 23, 2016 | 1 pm - 4 pm
March 25, 2016 | 1 pm

Where: Cowgill Hall Room 300, RM 201, Virginia Tech, 1235 Perry St., Blacksburg, VA 14061

Tickets: The speakers and exhibitions are free and open to the public.

For more information please visit: http://vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2016/03/031116-caus-iawasymposium.html

Environmental Film Festival DC | Making an Ancient Forest

Environmental Film Festival DC | Making an Ancient Forest
March 22, 2016 | 7:30pm

Forests are far more complex than previously imagined – as revealed in Rita Schlamberger’s latest film, "Making an Ancient Forest ".

Rita Schlamberger counts among the most important filmmakers of the genre, also on an international level. The genuine rhythm and the gorgeous pictures of nature allow the audience to enter into worlds which would never have been expected in close neighborhood. “Zurück zum Urwald” is, as well, a strong plea for leaving nature to its inherent beauty and variety, created all alone.

The documentary, filmed in 4K, travels deep into the remote forests of the Kalkalpen National Park in Austria – the largest area of wilderness in the Alps. Abandoned and unmanaged by man for close to a quarter of a century, the forest’s dramatic cycle of growth and decay now rules the landscape. What appears at first to be devastation and destruction is in fact part of the fundamental process of the forest’s regeneration and transformation back to its natural, primeval state. 

The film, three years in the making, reveals the highly complex partnerships among plants, insects and animals, as well as the evolutionary creativity and intelligence of trees as they communicate with one another and respond to moment-by-moment stimuli. Their genius is attributed to one of the greatest collaborations in the history of life: a partnership with fungi. 

One of the most salient changes in the forest is however, the return of the lynx. After 115 years of absence, the feline’s illusive presence is a testimony to nature’s power of revival and a reassurance that the bold conservation efforts in the National Park are slowly, but surely, contributing to Making an Ancient Forest.

When: March 22, 2016 | 7:30pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008
Tickets: Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/environmental-film-festival-dc-making-an-ancient-forest-tickets-21491085415

Concert | Cornelia Herrmann

Concert | Cornelia Herrmann
March 21, 2016 | 7:00 pm

Born into a family of musicians in Salzburg, Cornelia Herrmann studied with Imre Rohmann in Salzburg, Noel Flores in Vienna and Ferenc Rados in Budapest, and drew further inspiration from Alexander Lonquich, Murray Perahia, András Schiff and Alfred Brendel.

In 1996 she was the youngest finalist and winner of the International J. S. Bach Competition in Leipzig, and in 1999 gained a special award at the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg. In 2002 she gave her début at the Salzburg Festival.

Further engagements have taken Cornelia Herrmann to venues including the Zurich Tonhalle, Victoria Hall in Geneva, KKL Lucerne, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Gewandhaus Leipzig, City Hall Heidelberg, Large Festival Hall in Salzburg, Brucknerhaus in Linz, Palau de la Musica Barcelona, Auditorio Nacional Madrid, Museum of Art in Tel Aviv, Aksanat Istanbul, Sala Sao Paulo, Museo Nacional de Arte Mexiko City, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Vienna Musikverein and Vienna Konzerthaus.

Program
Sonata F-major KV 332                                                     W.A.Mozart
                                                                                           (1756 – 1791)                      
             I.   Allegro
             II.  Adagio
             III. Allegro assai
 
Italian Concerto BWV 971                                                     J.S.Bach
                                                                                           (1685 – 1750)
             I.  
             II.  Andante
            III. Presto

Impromtu No.3 B flat major D 935                            Franz Schubert
                                                                                          (1797 – 1828)
             I.   Allegro
 
Impromtu No.2 E flat major D 899                            Franz Schubert
                                                                                          (1797 – 1828)
             I.   Andante
 
Rondo alla ingharese quasi un                                      L.v.Beethoven
Capriccio G major op.129                                                 (1770 - 1827)
'Rage Over a Lost Penny'

When: March 21, 2016 | 7:00 pm
Where: Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006
Tickets: $15 - $30 General Admission. Reservation required: https://www.instantseats.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.event&eventID=6279E015-0183-D026-B306B8073268A195

EXHIBITION | The Jewish Museum Vienna on International Court: Erich Lessing. Andrew Mezvinsky

EXHIBITION | The Jewish Museum Vienna on International Court: Erich Lessing. Andrew Mezvinsky

The Austrian Cultural Forum Washington DC is pleased to announce two exhibitions touring from the Jewish Museum Vienna: LESSING PRESENTS LESSING, works by noted photographer Erich Lessing, curated by his daughter Hannah Lessing and A GOOD DAY, a multimedia installation by Andrew Mezvinsky based on Primo Levi's account of survival in Auschwitz. The two shows offer intimate insights into Austrian Jewish life past and present, serving as a platform for discussion, experience and confrontation. Lessing and Mezvinsky on display in one exhibition is a vital symbol of the ongoing, thriving cultural bridge building between Austria and the US.

With their work, both artists embrace generations, cultures, and traditions, yet they claim very distinct artistic positions. Andrew Mezvinsky is a young Jewish-American artist who was born in Philadelphia. Having travelled the world, Mezvinsky five years ago chose the city of Vienna to be his center of life and creative work. Erich Lessing fled Vienna for Palestine in 1939 and returned to Vienna in 1945.  As a photojournalist for the Associated Press in 1947, he became one of the most important Austrian and international photographers.

Erich Lessing achieved renown through his candid pictures of major political moments of his day, with his documentation of the signing of the Austrian State Treaty, now serving as the iconic symbol of the reformation of Austria as a sovereign state after World War II. His famous portrait subjects included the likes of Dwight D. Eisenhower, John Foster Dulles, Konrad Adenauer and Charles de Gaulle. From the 1960s on he turned his focus to the arts, notably serving as on-set photographer for The Sound of Music starring Julie Andrews, which celebrates its 50 year anniversary in 2015.

By contrast, American artist Andrew Mezvinsky’s work A GOOD DAY contemplates a single day in Auschwitz in 1944. Inspired by the Jewish-Italian Holocaust survivor Primo Levi’s autobiography If This Is a Man, Mezvinsky depicts Levi’s traumatic experiences in the concentration camp, including a chapter titled “A Good Day” that describes a day at the end of winter when the first rays of sun heralded a relief from the cold.

When: General exhibition will be open to the public from January 21 - March 18, 2016 |
Mon - Thurs: 10 am - 12 pm and 2 pm - 4 pm | Fri: 10 am - 12 pm and 2 pm - 4 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008
Tickets: No tickets or registration required for visiting the exhibition afterwards.

Lecture | Destruction as Image-Act - Remapping History

Lecture | Destruction as Image-Act - Remapping History
EUNIC Iconoclash
March 17, 2016 | 6:30 pm

Propaganda and imagery are integral to terrorism. Their production by Da’esh in the last three years has achieved a competitive quality and displays bewildering resilience to counter terrorist measures. The digital media made available to audiences globally demonstrate a new dimension of immediacy of crime and ostentation. Videos of trials, beheadings, fighting and destruction have borrowed formats from formats such as video games and documentary films. The execution of people and the destruction of cultural objects and places have been used to produce a self-righteous culture of annihilation and implement an overall claim to a lasting change of the course of history in the Middle East and beyond.

Christian Christensen is Professor of Journalism in the Department of Media Studies at Stockholm University in Sweden. He focuses his research upon the relationship between media and power, in particular during times of warfare. He looks at the representation of Islam in the international media and the use of social media for information distribution.

Rüdiger Lohlker is Professor of Islamic Studies in the Oriental Institute at the University of Vienna, Austria. His research looks at the history of Islamic ideas, Islam and the Arab world online, modern Islamic movements, Jihadism and Islamic law. He focuses on Arab and Islamic websites and contemporary Islamic movements (Jihadism and Salafism in particular) in a comparative perspective. He maintains several blogs about Islam and Arabian culture, critique of anti-Muslim discourses and Arab hacker culture.

Nadia Oweidat is a Senior Non-Residential Fellow at New America, and teaches Modern Islamic Thought and Extremism at Georgetown. Her expertise spans a wide range of contemporary issues such as the Arab Spring, countering violent extremism, the radicalization of Muslim youth, and Internet trends among Arabic speakers.

When: March 17, 2016 | 6:30pm
Where: New York University, 1307 L St. NW, Washington, DC 20005

Concert | Hubert von GoiserN

CONCERT | Hubert von Goisern
March 12, 2016 | 7:30 pm

Hubert von Goisern was born as Hubert Achleitner on 17th November 1952 in Bad Goisern in the Austrian Salzkammergut region. At the age of 5 he told his parents that he wanted to be a conductor. When he was 12 he joined the local brass band and was loaned his first instrument - a trumpet - and received free music lessons. At the age of 16 Hubert was playing first trumpet in the orchestra.

Between 1972 and 1994 traveled and studied music around the world. During this time Hubert studied electroacoustic experimental music at the University of Music in Vienna and made a living as a freelance musician and composer. Other places include, South Africa, the Philippines and Salzburg. 

Since then, von Goisern has toured in Austria and Germany, performed a joint concert with Nubian superstar Mohamed Mounir to an audience of 15,000 in Assiut, Egypt (2002) and created "The Alpenliebe Exhibition" featuring a musical journey through the Alps. 
 

For more information: http://www.hubertvongoisern.com/

When: March 12, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: Free General Admission! | Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/concert-hubert-von-goisern-tickets-21453699593