Call for Submissions | Short Film Competition
Nov
1
Dec 19

Call for Submissions | Short Film Competition

The Blue Danube goes USA!

In the cold winter months of the year 1866/67 Johann Strauss II composed the world-famous Blue Danube waltz – the melody to which couples around the world swing into the New Year.

In 2017 The Blue Danube celebrates its 150th anniversary – isn’t that a reason to celebrate? The Austrian Cultural Forum Washington takes this occasion to bring the classic waltz into the age of multimedia and film.

What does that mean exactly? We are looking for the most creative, funny and unique short films about the world-famous waltz. No limits are set to your imagination: whistle, dance, animate or even perform an anecdote about The Blue Danube – anything counts as a submission, as long as it’s captured on film.*

So: ALLES WALZER – let the waltz begin!

The short films are presented during an exclusive event at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, DC. The 5 most creative short films of this competition – which is organized by the Austrian Cultural Forum Washington – are shown to the international audience of the traditional Viennese Opera Ball in New York.

Closing Date: Monday, December 19, 2016 via WeTransfer (including name, address, nationality, date of birth and educational institution) to Ms. Birgit Witamwas, Cultural Officer, Austrian Cultural Forum Washington: culture@austria.org. She will be happy to answer any of your questions!

The best 5 short films will be awarded till January 25, 2017
Duration of the short film: 150 years in 1:50 minutes (up to 2:00 minutes)
Qualify to participate in the competition are students from any school, university, private university, college and teacher training college.

* The Austrian Cultural Forum Washington reserves the rights to exam the submissions and if necessary to exclude short films from the competition.

© Jorge Royan / http://www.royan.com.ar / CC BY-SA 3.0

Panel Discussion | Austrian Studies Today
Dec
12
7:30 pm19:30

Panel Discussion | Austrian Studies Today

  • Austrian Cultural Forum

Panel Discussion | Austrian Studies Today
November 12, 2017 | 7:30 pm

The 25th volume of the annual publication series Contemporary Austrian Studies (CAS), entitled Austrian Studies Today, was published recently by UNO Press/innsbruck university press, reflecting a unique transatlantic university partnership. This anniversary edition contains “updates” of articles by authors who had contributed essays to the main topics covered in the previous 24 volumes (such as “The Kreisky Era”/1994 or “Religion in Austria”/2005). The essays of this volume in toto therefore provide an excellent survey of Austrian Studies in the social sciences to this day and age. Co-edited by Günter Bischof (UNO) and Anton Pelinka, Fritz Plasser and Ferdinand Karlhofer (Innsbruck), CAS is published jointly by the Center Austria at the University of New Orleans and the Department of Political Science at the University of Innsbruck.

Panelists:
Günter Bischof, Austrian Marshall Plan Center for European Studies, The University of New Orleans
Steven Beller, Independent Scholar
James Shedel, Department of History, Georgetown University

When: Monday, December 12, 2016 | 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Where: Embassy of Austria 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and opened to the public. 

A reception with wine and cheese takes place after the Panel Discussion.

© UNO Press/innsbruck university press


Festival Film | Neu
Nov
5
2:00 pm14:00

Festival Film | Neu

  • Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Festival Film | Neu: November 3 - 6, 2016

The festival Film | Neu is Washingtons leading German-language film event which presents the newest trends and movies from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This year for the first time, the category New Short Films shows awarded, new short films from the three German-speaking countries.

Austria's Contribution | New Short Films & Film Screening: Chucks
November 5, 2016 | 2:00 pm (New Short Films) & 8:45 pm (Chucks)

The ACFDC contributes with a selection of diverse short movies in the category New Short Films. These include the films "Domino" (Anna Vasof), "Babash" (Lisa Truttmann and Behrouz Rae), "Triste Déserts -  A Robot's Tale" (Stephanie Winter) and "Uncanny Valley" (Paul Wenninger). In addition to the new short films, the film "Chucks" is screened. The movie is based on the successful novel by Cornelia Travnicek and takes place on the streets of Vienna. 

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016 | 2:00 pm (New Short Films) & 8:45 pm (Chucks)
Where: Landmark's E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW, Washington, DC, 20004 (Metro Center)
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased at Landmark's E Street Cinema's box office or online using the following link: http://bit.ly/2elr4aa
A reception with Austrian treats takes place at Landmark’s E Street Cinema before the 8:45 pm screening of "Chucks".

Further information about the Festival Film | Neuhttp://bit.ly/1sNqtBZ

© Wolfgang Thaler

Kids Euro Festival 2016
Nov
3
10:00 am10:00

Kids Euro Festival 2016

  • Austrian Cultural Forum

Kids Euro Festival 2016
October 26
– November 6, 2016

There are 28 countries in the European Union with so many interesting cultures. Are you ready to broaden your horizons on European culture? Are you ready to experience culture through arts? Are you ready to experience Europe in the nation's capital? Come and enjoy the Kids Euro Festival – full of great events ranging from dance to sports, and from animation to theatre. The October 26 to November 6 festival is a fantastic way for the kids to learn about different cultures, for free! As part of the European Union, the Austrian Cultural Forum Washington DC on behalf of Austria also participates at the festival by screening the film “Brothers of the Wind”. The film is a powerful tale of hope and discovery. A legacy epic and a new frontier in wild drama.

Austria's Contribution: Film Screening | Brothers of the Wind
November 3, 2016 | 10:00 am & 2:00 pm

As part of the European Union, the ACFDC also participates at the festival and invites you for the screening of the film “Brothers of the Wind”. The movie is a powerful tale of hope and discovery. A legacy epic and a new frontier in wild drama.

When: Thursday, November 3, 2016 | 10:00 am & 2:00 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public for both screenings.
Reserve your ticket for the 10:00 am event at: http://bit.ly/2dqqDci
Reserve your ticket for the 2:00 pm event at: http://bit.ly/2dO7To8.

Further information about the Kids Euro Festival: http://bit.ly/1Mzx1hz

Reading & Discussion | August Schmölzer: The Gravedigger in the Boxwood Tree
Oct
28
7:30 pm19:30

Reading & Discussion | August Schmölzer: The Gravedigger in the Boxwood Tree

  • Austrian Cultural Forum

Reading & Discussion | August Schmölzer: The Gravedigger in the Boxwood Tree
October 28, 2016 | 7:30 pm

The ACFDC proudly presents the Austrian actor and author August Schmölzer who reads from and discusses his first novel The Gravedigger in the Boxwood Tree.

The book centers on Josef, a lonely gravedigger, who comes back to the mountain town of his childhood after many years. During his youth, the war had led him to the neighboring town by the sea, where he worked as a war photographer. Since then, he has been haunted by the look of a little boy, Michael, who got shot in front of his eyes. On his way back home, Josef suddenly starts to talk with Michael. Through their continuous dialogue, Josef passes in review the story of his life. Progressively, he liberates himself from the past and finds the courage to start new again. Opening his heart to Ragusa, his old flame, Josef finally accesses to inner peace and happiness at the end of his life.

August Schmölzer was born in 1958 in Austria. He is known as an actor for his roles in Schindler’s List and also in many other movies and TV films such as The Chinese Man based on the novel by H. Mankell. The Gravedigger in the Boxwood Tree is the first novel of August Schmölzer. His writing style is vigorous and varied like the landscape of his home country.

When: Friday, October 28, 2016 | 7:30 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: http://bit.ly/2duirZM

Further Event:
When:
 Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | 2:00 pm
Where: University of Virginia, New Cabell Hall 236, 1605 Jefferson Park Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22904
For further information please contact Mr. Asher D. Biemann, Professor at the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia: ab5j@eservices.virginia.edu

Credits: Photo A. Deutschmann

Concert | Duo Aliada
Oct
18
7:30 pm19:30

Concert | Duo Aliada

  • Austrian Cultural Forum

Concert | Duo Aliada
October 18, 2016 | 7:30 pm

The name “Aliada” means alliance and Duo Aliada is exactly that: an unlikely alliance between saxophone and accordion, one the audience won’t soon forget. The Wiener Musikverein said it best, Duo Aliada consists of two “outstandingly talented and creative musicians”, namely saxophonist Michał Knot and accordionist Bogdan Laketic. Since their foundation in 2013, the duo has quickly caught the attention of the classical music world, which resulted in securing a busy concert schedule for this season with more than 60 performances on five different continents, many in illustrious concert venues such as the Wiener Musikverein.

It all began with their staggering success at the 12th annual Fidelio Wettbewerb where Duo Aliada unanimously won Grand Prix. In 2015, The duo recorded their debut studio album “New colours of the past” with ARS Produktion and it has been received with tremendous critical acclaim. They were also selected for the international program “The New Austrian Sound Of Music 2016-17”, a prestigious sponsorship platform funded by the Austrian Government. Duo Aliada have been regularly featured on popular radio broadcasts such as ORF1, SWR2, BR Klassik, and Radio Klassik and they couldn’t be more excited to continue sharing their unique music with audiences all around the world.

The event is presented in cooperation with the Austrian Cultural Forum New York and Ottawa.

When: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 | 7:30 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: http://bit.ly/2d8DfXV

Credits: Siavash Talebi

Lecture & Discussion | Wendelin Ettmayer: The European Union Post-Brexit: Challenges and Opportunities
Oct
12
4:30 pm16:30

Lecture & Discussion | Wendelin Ettmayer: The European Union Post-Brexit: Challenges and Opportunities

  • University of Virginia

Lecture & Discussion | Wendelin Ettmayer: The European Union Post-Brexit: Challenges and Opportunities
October 12, 2016 | 4:30 pm

A Discussion with Wendelin Ettmayer (Former Austrian Ambassador to Finland, Canada, and the European Council in Strasbourg)

The history of European integration since the Second World War is truly remarkable: Western Europe enjoyed two generations of peace and prosperity – an unprecedented achievement in 2,000 years of European history. With the establishment of the Council of Europe in 1949, the protection of Human Rights, pluralistic democracy and the rule of law became generally recognized principles. Old, hereditary enemies have become friends; centuries of confrontation were replaced by cooperation. What, then, accounts for the explosive rise of ultra-national parties, political disunity with respect to refugee absorption, and populist break-away decisions such as Brexit? Is the European Union going to survive? And, if yes, in what form? Ambassador Ettmayer will address these questions from historical and diplomatic perspectives, discussing their implications for the future of the European Union.

Find the paper "The European Union: Quo Vadis?" by Mr. Ettmayer at: http://bit.ly/2dGthON

When: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 | 4:30 pm
Where: University of Virginia, Hotel A (Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation), Conference Room, 1605 Jefferson Park Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22904
For further information please contact Mr. Asher D. Biemann, Professor at the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia: ab5j@eservices.virginia.edu

Credits: Parlamentsdirektion / Carina Ott

Lecture | Steven Beller: 2016 – 1916 – 1866: The Austro-Prussian Conflict and its consequences for Europe, then and now
Oct
5
7:30 pm19:30

Lecture | Steven Beller: 2016 – 1916 – 1866: The Austro-Prussian Conflict and its consequences for Europe, then and now

  • Austrian Cultural Forum

Lecture | Steven Beller: 2016 – 1916 – 1866: The Austro-Prussian Conflict and its Consequences for Europe, then and now
October 5, 2016 | 7:30 pm

Amidst the ongoing centenary commemorations of the First World War it is worth considering more the 150th anniversary of another, related conflict. The Austro-Prussian War of 1866 brought to an end the "struggle for mastery in Germany" between Prussia and Austria. But it also heralded a glorification of the concept of the nation-state in contrast to the defeated supra/multi-national "imperial" model of the Habsburg Monarchy. Subsequent history has shown, however, that the nation-state model proved a disastrous mistake in Central Europe, and the European Union is in many respects the heir to the Habsburg imperial model. The talk will discuss how the dialectic between nation, state, empire and now Union developed, and look at the lessons of this for today's Europe.

Steven Beller has written widely on Austrian, Jewish and Central European history. His books include Vienna and the Jews, 1867-1938: A Cultural History (Cambridge University Press, 1989); Herzl (Halban, 1991); Francis Joseph (Longman, 1996); A Concise History of Austria (Cambridge, 2006); Antisemitism: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2008; 2nd ed. 2015) and Democracy: All That Matters (Hodder, 2013). He also edited and introduced the anthology Rethinking Vienna 1900 (Berghahn, 2001). He is currently an independent scholar resident in Washington DC.

When: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | 7:30 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: http://bit.ly/2czls9m 
The event is followed by a reception with Austrian refreshments.

Credits: Steven Beller

Reading & Discussion | Maja Haderlap: Angel of Oblivion
Sep
28
7:00 pm19:00

Reading & Discussion | Maja Haderlap: Angel of Oblivion

  • Austrian Cultural Forum

Reading & Discussion | Maja Haderlap: Angel of Oblivion
September 28, 2016 | 12 pm
September 28, 2016 | 7 pm

A prize-winning Austrian-Slovene novelist, poet, playwright, and translator, Maja Haderlap will discuss her novel Angel of Oblivion, recently translated into English by Tess Lewis and published by Archipelago Books. The novel won the highly prestigious Ingeborg Bachmann prize in 2011 and, in 2015, France’s Prix du Premier Roman. The book's translator Tess Lewis received the 2016 ACFNY Translation Award.

Angel of Oblivion (Angel pozabe in Slovenian, Engel des Vergessens in German) is inspired by the experiences of Maja Haderlap’s family and the Slovenian-speaking minority in southern Austria, many of whom fought as partisans against the Nazis during the Second World War. The story centers around a young girl learning to navigate the terrain between two hostile communities and two extremely burdened languages: Slovenian, a language of heroic resistance and continued humiliation; and German, an escape from her stifling rural upbringing but also the language of the camps which her grandmother barely survived and many other family members did not. Engaging with themes of tolerance and integration, the weight of history, the effects of conflicts on survivors and their children, and language’s role in shaping identity, Haderlap’s novel strikes at problems of paramount importance to our world today. 

When: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 | 12 pm
Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250, 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC, 20540 (2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public. There is no registration required.
Further information: https://www.loc.gov/rr/european/calendar/calendar.html
The event is presented in cooperation with the European Division of the Library of Congress and the Embassy of Slovenia.

When: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 | 7 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/reading-discussion-maja-haderlap-angel-of-oblivion-tickets-27438007820
The event is presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Slovenia and followed by a reception featuring a selection of Austrian and Slovenian wines and pastries.

Credits: Maja Haderlap

Concert | Steven Scheschareg
Sep
22
7:30 pm19:30

Concert | Steven Scheschareg

  • Austrian Cultural Forum

Concert | Steven Scheschareg
September 22, 2016 | 7:30 pm

The Alexander Zemlinsky Fund and the ACFDC present a concert by Steven Scheschareg, reciting songs of exiled Viennese composers.

Program
Song recital with Lieder by Alexander Zemlinsky
Tonal works by Franz Schreker, Arnold Schönberg and Karl Weigl

Accompanied on piano by Mitchell Cirker

The Austrian-American bass-baritone Steven Scheschareg has gained widespread acclaim for his striking stage presence, strong voice and his wide-ranging artistic capabilities. He is also the winner of the prestigious George London Prize of the Vienna State Opera.

As son of Austrian immigrants, he was born in Brooklyn, New York which is why music from exile componists is a project personally important to him.

His career started at the Landestheater in Linz and the Neue Oper Vienna and since then, he has been invited to sing in theaters in Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Norway, and China. He is currently engaged at the Nationaltheater in Mannheim and the Vienna Volksoper. As a concert singer, he performs regularly in Vienna’s Konzerthaus, and has also sung in the Musikverein Vienna, New York’s Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center in Washington, Munich’s Am Gasteig, as well as the Musikhalle in Hamburg. 

When: Thursday, September 22, 2016 | 7:30 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/concert-steven-scheschareg-tickets-27392353266 

Credits: Steven Scheschareg

Concert | Pamelia Stickney
Sep
9
7:30 pm19:30

Concert | Pamelia Stickney

  • Logan Fringe Arts Space

Concert | Pamelia Stickney
September 9, 2016 | 7:30 - 11:30 pm

Pamelia Stickney has become one of the most sought-after artists of the theremin, performing and recording worldwide with diverse artists such as David Byrne, Simone Dinnerstein, Yoko Ono, Grace Jones, Otto Lechner, Arthur Blythe and most recently with the Cape Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jung-Ho Pak.

On September 9, 2016, Pamelia will play amongst other artists at the Sonic Circuits, a Washington DC festival for experimental music.

Pamelia's background with string instruments and as a jazz bass player influenced her signature playing techniques, expanding the expressive possibilities of the instrument as displayed in her TED TALK.

In 2003, she began to perform her solo “theremin orchestral” pieces in which she composes and/or improvises using looping pedals, which led to her debut solo album “Thinking Out Loud” released on John Zorn's Tzadik label. In 2005, she moved to Vienna where she recently cofounded the band Blueblut with whom she also tours extensively and has released two further albums to date. 

When: Friday, September 9, 2016 | 7:30 - 11:30 pm
Where:  Logan Fringe Arts Space , 1358 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC, 20002

Tickets: General admission is $20.00 and can be purchased using the following link: https://www.capitalfringe.org/events/838-sonic-circuits-festival-fringe-music

Credits: David Visnjic, Pamelia Stickney

Concert | Trio Alba
Jul
29
7:30 pm19:30

Concert | Trio Alba

  • Austrian Cultural Forum

Concert | Trio Alba
July 29, 2016 | 7:30 pm

TRIO ALBA

Youthful vigor, passion on stage and compelling playfulness, all based on a profound knowledge of sound perception and chamber music structures. This is how you would describe the musical trinity, which has been known since 2008 as the TRIO ALBA.

PROGRAM

Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Trio op. 99 in B-flat Major
  Allegro moderato
  Andante un poco mosso
  Scherzo. Allegro
  Finale. Presto

---intermission---

Helmut Jasbar (*1962): "Fugitive Pieces" based on the novel by Canadian Anne Michaels (2016)

Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884): Piano Trio op.15 in G-Minor
  Moderato assai
  Allegro ma non agitato
  Finale. Presto

TRIO ALBA - an allusion to alba (ital. sunrise, dawn) and the Swedish song “se solen sjunker”, that inspired Franz Schubert to the second movement of his Piano Trio in E-flat major.

They have matured and developed through worldwide performances in small and large concert halls, through award-winning CD-productions as well as intensive chamber music studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. There, the three met and found to a joint music-making: the German violinist Livia Sellin, the Austro-Italian cellist Philipp Comploi and the Chinese pianist Chengcheng Zhao.

In the summer of 2014, the Trio was invited to chamber music Festivals in New York and Canada, where they performed the world premiere of the third Piano Trio by Kelly-Marie Murphy, a work dedicated to the TRIO ALBA.

When: Friday, July 29, 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-trio-alba-tickets-25654249551

Credits: Trio ALBA.

Film Screening | Panel: The Last Witnesses
Jun
23
6:30 pm18:30

Film Screening | Panel: The Last Witnesses

  • Austrian Cultural Forum

Film Screening | Panel: The Last Witnesses
June 23, 2016 | 6:30 pm

They are the last survivors and witnesses. They speak up and tell us their stories. Stories about how they escaped and survived from the Holocaust. How much longer will we be able to listen to their testimonies?

Over 75 years after the Shoah seven survivors share their terrible experiences and stories about colleagues who turned into robbers, neighbors into murderers, and friends into traitors. Together with ensemble members of Vienna's Burgtheater these Last Witnesses bring their memories back on stage.

Produced and directed by former Burgtheater Director Matthias Hartmann and the acclaimed Israeli-Austrian writer Doron Rabinovici, the original Burgtheater performance will be presented in a special screening of the 2013 recording. The subtitled screening will be followed by a talk with former Washington Post Editor and current Opinion Editor of Moment Magazine Amy E. Schwartz and Ari Rath, one of the protagonists.

ABOUT ARI RATH
Ari Rath (born 1925) is an Austrian-Israeli journalist and writer, born and raised in Vienna. After the 1938-Anschluss he came as a thirteen-year-old Boy through the Youth Aliah  to the Palestine. As one of the founders of the kibbutz Hamadia he studied contemporary history and economics. After turning to journalism he became editor and editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Post. At the age of 91, he continues to be active as a journalist and author, as well as promotor of dialogue between cultures and civilizations. He lives in Vienna and Jerusalem.

When: Thursday, June 23, 2016 | 6:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008

Tickets: Please reserve your ticket at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/film-screening-panel-the-last-witnesses-tickets-25650528421

Concert | Lana Is
Jun
14
7:30 pm19:30

Concert | Lana Is

  • Austrian Cultural Forum

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).

Exhibition Opening Event | Tatiane Hofstadler: Quintessência
Jun
1
6:00 pm18:00

Exhibition Opening Event | Tatiane Hofstadler: Quintessência

  • Austrian Cultural Forum

Exhibition | Tatiane Hofstadler: Quintessência
Opening event: June 1, 2016 | 6:00 pm | doors open at 5:45 pm

June 1 - 24, 2016 | 10 am - 12 pm | 2 pm - 4 pm

Tatiane Silva Hofstadler, a native Brazilian, lived in Austria, India and Japan before moving to Washington, DC in 2011. She started her artistic journey at the Corcoran College of Art and Design where she received her Certificate in Fine Art in 2015.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:
"When you first encounter the work of Tatiane Hofstadler, you will immediately respond to the aspects of nature that it evokes. But it is nature at its most basic form, the elements: earth, wind, fire and water. 

You will experience an unexpected and visceral response to her work that goes beyond the elements, beyond the seasons that you cannot define. Is this a fifth element, an unidentified season? Or is it something else?  The feelings you will have are those of the passion with which the artist imbues the canvas. What you will experience is the magic of color and texture at its best. You will experience quintessence.

Prepare to be transported at the exhibit, QUINTESSÊNCIA, where Tatiane Hofstadler shares the spirit, passion and magic of her work at its finest.  At QUINTESSÊNCIA, let her work speak to you in a language only you can hear and comprehend. Let it transport you to a time and place you never knew existed.  Let her work move you in ways you never expected.

Experience QUINTESSÊNCIA, a fifth element, an undiscovered season and catch a glimpse of a world transformed by Tatiane Hofstadler". (Credits: Maritza Rivera, Poet and Publisher, Casa Mariposa Press)

When: Opening event: June 1, 2016 | 6:00 pm | doors open at 5:45 pm
Exhibition: June 1 - 24, 2016 | 10 am - 12 pm | 2 pm - 4 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008

Tickets: General Admission is free and open to the public.
For the opening event please reserve your ticket at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/exhibition-opening-event-tatiane-hofstadler-quintessencia-tickets-25271803645

Lecture | Luba Sterlikova & Erich Keel: Vienna 1900; Architecture, Music and Theater
May
25
7:30 pm19:30

Lecture | Luba Sterlikova & Erich Keel: Vienna 1900; Architecture, Music and Theater

  • Austrian Cultural Forum

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”
May
20
6:30 pm18:30

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

  • Austrian Cultural Forum

Lecture | The Botstiber Foundation: ”The Politics of Migration in America and Austria”
May 20, 2016 | 6:30 pm

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.
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.

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 pm
Where: Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC 20008.

Tickets: Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lecture-the-botstiber-foundation-the-politics-of-migration-in-america-and-austria-tickets-24265104581

Concert | Mozart In Vienna: Le Nozze di Figaro
May
19
7:30 pm19:30

Concert | Mozart In Vienna: Le Nozze di Figaro

  • Austrian Cultural Forum

Concert | Mozart In Vienna: Le Nozze di Figaro
May 19, 2016 | 7:30 pm

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

Tickets: Please reserve your ticket at: http://www.instantseats.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.event&eventID=4D7C725E-0538-0A86-38340AD61D19EDB6

For more information visit: http://www.mozartinviennapresents.com/

Reading and Discussion | Cvetka Lipuš
May
17
7:30 am07:30

Reading and Discussion | Cvetka Lipuš

  • Austrian Cultural Forum

Reading and Discussion | Cvetka Lipuš
May 17, 2016 | 7:30 pm

The Embassy of Austria and the Embassy of Slovenia are pleased to invite you to a poetry evening with an Austrian-Slovenian poet. The reading and discussion will be in Slovenian, German, and English. Introductory remarks and moderation will be done by Prof. Dr. Vesna Kondrič Horvat, University of Maribor. This event is part of the European Month of Culture.(http://www.euintheus.org/event/european-month-of-culture/).

Cvetka Lipuš, member of the Slovenian minority in Austria’s province of Carinthia, is an award-winning author, who writes poetry in her first language despite having lived outside the Slovenian community for most of her adulthood. After residing more than fifteen years in Pittsburgh, PA, she relocated to Salzburg, Austria in 2009. Ms. Lipuš has published seven collections of poetry, much of which has been translated into different languages. She is also the recipient of fellowships and literary awards in different countries, including the prestigious national Prešeren foundation award.

When:  Tuesday, May 17, 2016 | 7:30 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/reading-and-discussion-cvetka-lipus-tickets-24601316199

EU Open House Day | Wine Tasting with Klaus Wittauer in cooperation with AACS: "Passport to Austrian wines - Gruner Fest"
May
14
11:15 am11:15

EU Open House Day | Wine Tasting with Klaus Wittauer in cooperation with AACS: "Passport to Austrian wines - Gruner Fest"

  • Embassy of Austria

EU Open House Day | Wine Tasting with Klaus Wittauer in cooperation with AACS: "Passport to Austrian wines - Gruner Fest"
May 14, 2016 | 11:15 am | 1 pm | 2:15 pm

Are you interested in learning more about the history, the pleasure and the sensory experience of wine? If so, our wine seminars offer the perfect opportunity. Experience the art of wine tasting, the fun of sharpening your senses, and the amusement of exploring the many exquisite types of wine in an exceptional setting.

We will taste the following wines:

Rose from Kremstal - Mittelbach Zweigelt Rose 2015
2 Wagram Gruner: Paul Direder 2014 & Anton Bauer Rosenberg GV 2015
2 Gruner from Kamptal: Steininger Kamptal DAC 2014 & Steininger Grand Gru 14
2 Gruner from the Wachau: Tegernseerhof T26 2015 Federspiel & Tegernseerhof Loibenberg 2014 Smaragd

Klaus Wittauer was born in Austria and attended Hotel/Restaurant Management School in Salzburg. He worked for many years in some of the world‘s top restaurants in Austria, Bermuda and the United States. In 1996, Klaus started working as the wine buyer for Sutton Place Gourmet and traveled extensively throughout Europe. This gave him the opportunity to learn more about the wine import business and to gain further knowledge. After traveling back and forth to his home in Austria, Klaus began to question why so many of these excellent wines he tasted where not available throughout the United States. He knew at this point that he would set out on his mission to find a way to introduce Austrian wines to America.KWSELECTION includes top selections from most of the wine producing areas of Austria. His selections include: Anton Bauer from Donauland, Leo Hillinger from Burgenland, Gutsav Strauss from Styria, Martin Mittelbach from Wachau, Karl & Brigitta Steininger from Kamptal, Steindorfer from Neusiedlersee, Proidl from Kremstal , Meinklang from Burgenland and Joseph Bauer from Donauland. Klaus has a close relationship with all of his wineries and continues to build relationships together in expanding distribution throughout the United States. Klaus‘s vision is still the same as it was when he first began in the wine business                                    

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The American-Austrian Society, Washington, DC is a non-profit organization whose objectives are to encourage and support the perennial friendship between the United States and Austria, to promote the understanding of Austrian culture, and to assist both American and Austrian institutions in bringing educational programs about Austrian arts, science, and trade to the Washington metropolitan area.

Each year the Society sponsors or supports several cultural events that take place at the Embassy of Austria and at other locations in the Washington metropolitan area. Most of these events are open to the general public. The Society's stimulating cultural and educational programs are centered on the artistic, humanistic, and scientific achievements of Austrians and Americans with ties to Austria.
                                        

When: Saturday, May 14, 2016 | 11:15 am | 1 pm | 2:15 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008

Tickets: The Wine Tasting will be offered at 3 different times. Please reserve your ticket for your chosen time under the link next to the time.

1. Wine Tasting at 11:15 am : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eu-open-house-day-wine-tasting-with-klaus-wittauer-in-cooperation-with-aacs-passport-to-austrian-tickets-24682445860

2. Wine Tasting at 1 pm : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eu-open-house-day-wine-tasting-with-klaus-wittauer-in-cooperation-with-aacs-passport-to-austrian-tickets-24682465920

3. Wine Tasting at 2:15 pm : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eu-open-house-day-wine-tasting-with-klaus-wittauer-in-cooperation-with-aacs-passport-to-austrian-tickets-24682541145

Exhibition | Wolfgang Sagmeister: Indisputable Evidence?
May
10
7:30 pm19:30

Exhibition | Wolfgang Sagmeister: Indisputable Evidence?

  • Austrian Cultural Forum

Exhibition | Wolfgang Sagmeister: Indisputable Evidence?
Opening event: May 10, 2016 | 7:30 pm

May 11 - 27, 2016 | 10 am - 12 pm | 2 pm - 4 pm

The exhibition will show the work of Wolfgang Sagmeister and Krista Kim.
Wolfgang Sagmeister was born 1963 in Vienna and received his doctorate in Historical and Cultural Studies at the University of Vienna in 2006. He lives and works in Vienna, Austria. Sagmeister is especially interested in photography and his works deal with the genesis. His work is based on the aesthetic concept of “Wabi-Sabi”, a Japanese art concept, which especially addresses the acceptance and aesthetics of imperfection as well as evanescence. The central topic of “Wabi-Sabi” is to discover beauty in the ordinary. In the course of this exhibition his photographs are shown for the first time in the USA. Sagmeister combines in his exhibition “Indisputable Evidence..? two of his photography series: The Stations of the Cross and Light. The focus lies intensively on minimalistic approaches. The reduction of the photographs seeks to prevent external distraction and give the spectator the possibility to internalize the pictured topic. With his works he aims to encourage the consciousness of the essential in life. The way of the cross encourages the spectator to pause and question everyday issues such as death, compassion and hope. Religion is the fundamental of faith as well as purpose, gives strength, but is nevertheless frequently misused. In dialogue to this engages his work “light”. Light is the foundation of all life. Light and Color, pictures, films, photographs trigger positive as well as negative emotions and are used as a mean to manipulate. Similar to the Way of the Cross they have to be critically scrutinized. In this relation the title of “Indisputable Evidence” was given. Doesn’t one stop questioning everything, as soon as some presumed proof has been found? The individual attitude and personal experience of the spectator to these topics, allows diversified approaches to the photographs.

Kim earned her MFA from La Salle College of the Arts / Goldsmiths UK in 2014 and has been exhibiting in Shanghai, Singapore and New York. She is a Techism artist whose work is a response to our constant exposure to LED lights through our devices.  Her work expresses digital consciousness and questions our current aesthetic principles. Kim is interested in digital technology and its revolutionary effects on human perception, media, social structures and communication. She is considered one of the most trending artists online and is a spokesperson for greater inter-disciplinary dialogue and collaboration between innovators of the Tech industry and artists through the Techism movement.
 

When: Opening event: May 10, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Exhibition: May 11 - 27, 2016 | 10 am - 12 pm | 2 pm - 4 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008

Tickets: General Admission is free and open to the public.
For the opening event please reserve your ticket at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/exhibiton-opening-event-wolfgang-sagmeister-indisputable-evidence-tickets-24841895779
 

Film Screening | Phil Grabsky:  Concerto – A Beethoven Journey
May
4
8:00 pm20:00

Film Screening | Phil Grabsky: Concerto – A Beethoven Journey

  • Austrian Cultural Forum

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 Arts Society Presents: "...Tender tears and love and life"
Apr
29
7:30 pm19:30

The Russian Chamber Arts Society Presents: "...Tender tears and love and life"

  • Austrian Cultural Forum

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.

Tickets: Please register at: http://instantseats.com/events/rcas/

Lecture | Wolfgang Schwaiger: „The Value of Diversity of Life"
Apr
28
7:30 pm19:30

Lecture | Wolfgang Schwaiger: „The Value of Diversity of Life"

  • Austrian Cultural Forum

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

Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public | Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lecture-dr-wolfgang-schwaiger-tickets-22704571986

Reading & Discussion | Maxi Obexer: Migrants, Refugees, Citizens; Arriving in Europe
Apr
28
6:30 pm18:30

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

  • The Goethe Institut

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

Concert | Friedrich Kleinhapl and Andreas Woyke
Apr
20
7:30 pm19:30

Concert | Friedrich Kleinhapl and Andreas Woyke

  • Austrian Cultural Forum

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

Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public | Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/konzert-friedrich-kleinhapl-tickets-22704035381

Concert | Alexei Kornienko
Apr
19
7:30 pm19:30

Concert | Alexei Kornienko

  • Austrian Cultural Forum

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

Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public | Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/concert-alexei-kornienko-tickets-22703653238
 

Concert | Washington International Piano Arts Council: The 15th Annual Winners Grand Prix 2016
Apr
14
6:30 pm18:30

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

  • Austrian Cultural Forum

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

Tickets: Please reserve your ticket at: http://www.wipac.org/ or http://www.instantseats.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=buy.event&eventID=0EF7A9F5-B552-1E8D-63992AC8B96BDABA

Lecture: Kurt Bednar on Frederic Courtland Penfield Last and Undervalued US Minister to Habsburg Vienna in Crisis, 1913-1917
Apr
13
12:00 pm12:00

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!

For more information please visit: http://www.loc.gov/rr/european/calendar/calendar.html

 

 


 

Exhibition | Gallery KULTURFORMEN: Art by People with Cognitive Disabilities
Apr
5
Apr 28

Exhibition | Gallery KULTURFORMEN: Art by People with Cognitive Disabilities

  • Austrian Cultural Forum

Exhibition | Gallery KULTURFORMEN: Art by People with Cognitive Disabilities
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. 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

The KULTURFORMEN was founded in 2002, at the same time as the restauration and opening of the learn- and memorial site “Castle Hartheim”. During the German Third Reich approximately 30,000 people with disabilities have been killed at Castle Hartheim. After World War II 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, represented the Gallery KULTURFORMEN at the opening. He delivered opening remarks on Kulturformen Hartheim, the artists and Art Brut in general. The Guests were able to chat animatedly with Mr. Ramaseder about the art.


When: Wednesday, April 6, 2016 – Friday, April 29, 2016 | 10 am – 12 pm; 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.

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

Concert | Sounds of Exile: Sigrid Hagn. Julia Ammerer-Simma.
Mar
29
7:30 pm19:30

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

  • Austrian Cultural Forum

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

  • Virginia Tech University Architecture

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